The Best Carpets for Kids

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It is no secret that kids are messy. Whether it is in their bedroom or playroom, the carpet that is installed in an area where children play is bound to get a lot of wear and tear. There are certain types of carpet that are more durable and protected than others. The material, the style, the color and the protection are all factors to consider when purchasing carpet for children.

Fibers

  • Nylon, polyester, olefin, wool and fiber blends are the most common types of carpet. Nylon is the most resilient fiber. Because it is a flexible synthetic, it can bounce back to its original form. Denier nylon is even more resilient than regular nylon. Nylon is an excellent choice for a children's area. Polyester is also a synthetic fiber, but it is not resilient like nylon and mats down easily. It is less expensive than other carpet, however. If you know you are going to change out the carpet in a few years, it may be acceptable in a room for children. Olefin, also known as polypropylene, is a synthetic fiber that's very durable, but it tends to show stains. Wool carpets are very soft and attractive, but they are expensive and hard to clean. Wool carpeting is not recommended in areas for children.

Carpet Style

  • Carpets come in a variety of styles: loops, twists, cut pile and a mixture. They also come in plush and strong styles. This helps determine the softness and resilience to traffic.

    Frieze consists of twisted fibers that lie to the side. It wears well, hides marks and is comfortable. This is recommended for any room.

    Saxony is cut-pile style. It is plush and therefore comfortable, but it tends to show footprints and other marks, so it's not the best choice for children.

    Berber has continuous loops. There are smaller loops and larger loops. It tends to snag, so children may rip out some of the loops as they play. The texture does hide marks, but Berber is not very comfortable. It is not recommended for children.

    Sculptured mixture carpet consists of both loops and cut pile. It usually has two colors, a light and a dark shade. This helps to hide marks. Sculptured carpet also wears well, so it is recommended for children.

Color Choices

  • A solid, medium-shade color is good for rooms with high traffic and where children play. Avoid dark carpets, which will show lint, and whites and off-white, which show dirt easily. Colors such as gray, beige, blue, brown or flecks of color work best. A pattern that has multiple colors helps hide soil and stains, so it's also ideal for children's areas.

Stain Protection

  • Most modern carpet has fibers that have been treated with stain protection. Stain treatment brands include familiar names such as Stainmaster and Scotchgard. A carpet for children should have stain protection. Most carpet manufacturers include stain protection warranties.

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