If you have a busy, or full house, knowing which types of rugs can withstand the heavy foot traffic, and use, is an important factor when purchasing your new floor piece. If you have pets, small children or like to entertain, the likelihood of needing a rug that is durable, and can stand up to stains, is quite high.

While the amount of foot traffic the rug may receive is important to consider, whether or not it is likely to be spilled on, and by who, is almost even more important. We say by whom, because a rug that can stand up to stains from small children, is different than a rug that can stand up to pet stains or deposits. Additionally, if you like to entertain, there are rugs that are aesthetically pleasing and easy to clean, should any food or drinks spill on it.

Here are the correct rug types for pets, small children and/or entertaining:

Pets

 

Stain-resistant rug for pets

If you have cats or dogs running around, and they have the tendency to accidentally leave urine, feces or vomit behind, a machine-made rug is the perfect type of rug for you. Generally speaking these types of rugs are stain-resistant, easy to clean and, almost always, affordably priced. When it comes to stains or spills, you should always tend to the spots, especially pet deposits, right away. On machine-made rugs, a simple over-the-counter spot cleaner will usually do the trick, making it so you can affordably purchase, and clean these rugs. There are hundreds of styles and sizes of machine-made rugs, making it so you never have to sacrifice the look of your home, to make it cat or dog-friendly.

 

Small Children

 

kids spilling on rugs | rug stain

 

If you have small children, or relatives who have small children, it always wise to have kid-friendly area rugs. The likelihood of children spilling food, drinks or even getting their hands onto something else that can stain, are quite high. For this very reason, we suggest buying hand-knotted wool rugs. Wool rugs are extremely tough and durable. When spilled on, wool rugs are easy to clean. One important factor to consider is that wool rugs should ideally be cleaned by a professional at a wash facility. Because, while they are easy to clean, without the right knowledge or cleaning equipment, the stain will set. Wool rugs can be affordably priced, but typically tend to run a bit higher in price than machine-made rugs. However, you do get what you paid for. If well-maintained, and cleaned often, wool rugs can last a lifetime.

 

Entertaining

 

entertaining rug | wine spill on rug

 

If you entertain, have many house guests or even rent out your home, it is wise to have area rugs that can stand up to any sudden spills or stains. For this purpose we suggest either a machine-made rug or a hand-knotted wool rug. Since both of these rugs are east to clean, and able to stand up to food or beverage spills, it really comes down to style preference and budget. While machine-made rugs tend to be easier on the wallet, generally speaking, hand-knotted wool rugs often possess a beautiful, one-of-a-kind look that is often desirable in a home where a lot of entertaining takes place. On the other hand, if you have a home for rent, and are more concerned with budget than aesthetic, a machine-made rug is more economically feasible. Regardless, both rug types are durable and able to stand up to an abundance of foot traffic, or any sudden spills or stains.

 

Should you need any help choosing the perfect style, size or rug type, please feel free to contact us. We are here to help!