The most durable flooring for your home. A guide on scratch, stain and waterproof options.
When it comes to choosing flooring, durability is often a main consideration. We need wood flooring to resist scratches from dog nails, carpet to resist wine stains and tile to resist discoloring to name a few scenarios.
But which options should you choose to keep your home looking clean and new? Here’s our guide to understanding different types of durable flooring and which are best at protecting against stains, scratches and water resistance.
There are many different types of carpet out there that claim to be supremely durable and stain resistant. But how do you sort out what’s true and what’s false about these claims? First, it helps to know how stain resistant carpet works.
Some carpet fibers are inherently more stain resistant than others. Nylon, for example, is commonly considered an easy-to-clean stain resistant fiber, but it has limitations. Nylon can allow spills to permanently attach to dye sites in the carpet, making it difficult to remove some stains.
Any carpet, no matter the fiber content, can also be chemically treated to become more stain resistant, but a truly stain resistant carpet goes much deeper than just treated fibers.
For the best stain resistant carpet options, look for fibers that are constructed without dye sites, like Mohawk SmartStrand carpets. Permanent protection is built into the carpet fibers, preventing stains from chemically bonding to the carpet, so the carpet is easy to thoroughly clean and resistant to even the most stubborn of stains.