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How Stain Resistant Carpet Works

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Benefits of Stain Resistant Carpet
Muddy footprints are easier to remove from stain-resistant carpet than regular carpet, saving you a little time and elbow grease.
Muddy footprints are easier to remove from stain-resistant carpet than regular carpet, saving you a little time and elbow grease.
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Let's be honest, spills happen. Whether it's mud carried indoors by your dog or coffee that has dripped down the side of a mug and onto the floor, what's underfoot is bound to undergo some abuse. Fortunately, carpeting with powerful stain-resisting properties comes packed with all kinds of benefits.

For one, it looks nicer for longer. Spills usually mean stains, at least for other kinds of carpeting that lack a protective chemical coating. Blemishes sometimes can't be hidden with throw rugs or furniture. If you're like a lot of folks, these eyesores may prompt you to replace your carpeting prematurely, and while you may love getting new carpet, your budget may not.

Stain-resistant carpeting, however, is actually one of the most cost-effective options for carpeting. You shouldn't have to replace it as often because it does look nicer longer. Plus, it's available at relatively low price points compared to carpeting made from wool or other fibers.

As with most products, you get what you pay for. If you spend more money upfront to get high-quality carpeting, that flooring could easily last the course of your lifetime. The finest stain-resistant nylon versions available can cost more than carpeting made with traditionally more expensive fibers like wool or silk. The amount you save over time, however, can make up for the extra you pay upfront.

Also, spills on stain-resistant carpeting are more likely to come out because of its wick-away properties. In a sense, this is a health advantage, because spills don't stick around to attract bugs and other uninvited critters.

Unfortunately, carpet can be a breeding ground for other unwanted things that may surprise you, regardless of whether it's stain-resistant. Even though stain-resistant flooring offers some significant redeeming qualities, it also poses a few drawbacks. Click to the next page to find out more.


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