Carpet is often regarded as being easy to stain, difficult to clean, and less durable than hard surface floors. This is actually an outdated view; while that once was true, modern innovations have changed carpet for the better. If you’re looking for a floor that’s easy to maintain and built to last, here are a few reasons to give modern carpet a second look.

Stain Resistance

Patterned carpet with the R2X treatment

Over the years, many carpets have promised to resist stains, then completely fail to live up to that claim. Sadly, this has given a bad name to carpets that actually are stain resistant. One example is the Anso Nylon carpet that features the R2X treatment. Nylon is naturally more stain resistant than any other carpet fiber. R2X, which is applied during manufacturing, provides additional protection by surrounding each carpet fiber with a solution that repels stains rather than allowing them to soak through. This prevents fibers from absorbing spills, thus preventing stains before they occur.


Artisan carpet with the waterproof LifeGuard backing

When paired with the LifeGuard waterproof backing, Anso nylon also prevents spills and stains from soaking into the subfloor. This means a completely waterproof carpet that keeps spills above the surface where they can be wiped away with ease.


Durable carpet in a living room

Traditionally, carpet has been known to fray over time, especially in high-traffic areas. This leads to an uneven appearance, fading of the color, and a shorter lifespan for the carpet.

Now, many newer carpet lines (especially Stainmaster and Anso Nylon) are designed to resist fraying and matting, even after years of high-traffic use.

Hygienic and Antimicrobial

Patterned Microban carpet

Carpet is plagued by two stigmas: being difficult to clean and offering the ideal environment for bacterial growth. But with Microban carpet, the opposite is true. The industry-leading Microban solution is built into every carpet line in our Clean Home Destination. It’s designed to prevent bacterial, mold, and mildew growth. While the carpet should still be cleaned regularly, Microban keeps carpet fresher between cleanings.

Even better, carpet (Microban or otherwise) helps maintain cleaner air inside the home. When dust and allergens eventually settle, they become trapped under the fibers of carpet. This prevents them from getting kicked back into the air, even in high-traffic areas. Just remember to vacuum your carpet once a week. For best results, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.

Carpet Padding: Comfort and Energy Efficiency

Carpet padding

When considering new carpet, we often forget about the padding. The padding you choose will impact comfort, energy efficiency, and the lifetime of your carpet. Obviously, the thickness of the pad will impact both. However, the material used also plays an important role.  There are important differences, and as with most things, newer, better options have been introduced in recent years.

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Carpet has come a long way, but so have many other flooring options. If you’re ready to make an informed choice for your home, visit Alexandria’s leading flooring experts at Arnquist Home Center today!