The particular carpet fiber you choose could possibly be one of the most important choices you’ll make with this type of flooring. The fiber sets the tone of the flooring. For instance, a short, patterned polyester is more likely to stand up to high levels of traffic than, say, a shag or noodle wool rug would.
The fiber determines how well the flooring stands up to the abuse of everyday wear and tear, or lack of it; how easy it is to clean; and how well it resists stains and odor, just to name a few. You have several fiber choices to pick from, and your flooring professional will be happy to tell you the extended details and benefits of each one.
Speaking of stain resistance, determining how much you will need is important. If the only residents of your home are you and your spouse, you’re not likely to need a great deal. However, if you have small children, pets that spend most of their time indoors, and have many guests in and out of your home, you’ll want to invest a bit on this. Some brands of carpet have stain and odor resistance manufactured right in, which is a huge asset in the latter situation. Don’t forget, as well, that you can also have extra stain protection added after installation.
To keep your carpets looking their very best, make sure you vacuum often, and have your floors professionally cleaned at least once every 12 to 18 months for the best results.