Is It Possible To Childproof Your Carpet?

If you've just found out you're expecting your first child, your mind is likely racing with random thoughts and worries about making your house as safe as possible for your new addition. In addition to protecting your baby from the hidden dangers of your house, you may also be concerned about protecting your house from your baby -- particularly when it comes to carpets. What can you do to keep your carpets clean and stain-free throughout your baby's infant and toddler years? Read on to learn more about childproofing your carpets and rugs.

Which types of carpet are most suitable for homes with young children?

Not all carpets are created equal -- and if you're due for an upgrade, you may want to investigate one of the varieties that is specially equipped to stand up to the additional wear and tear posed by young children. You won't want a carpet that is so rough or thin your baby is reluctant to roll over or crawl, but a thick shag carpet can harbor moisture and stain more easily. Nylon frieze has been deemed by many as one of the most durable and stain-resistant options for high-traffic areas but remains soft enough for you (and your child) to comfortably roll around.

How can you childproof your carpet?

One of the biggest risks to your carpet can be posed by a baby as young as one day old -- stains due to leaking or projectile bodily fluids. If your existing carpet is white, beige, or another light color, your best bet for stain resistance is to treat the highest-traffic areas with a stain-resistant liquid. As this liquid dries to the carpet fibers, it creates a protective seal, helping liquids remain on the carpet's surface where they can be easily wiped up. 

For those who want a "greener" option, cleaning existing carpet stains with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can work wonders. Prevention is also key -- as your child is an infant, you may be able to protect your carpets by simply placing an area or throw rug in the locations where your baby spends the most time. When your child begins to walk, you can minimize carpet staining and other damage by confining colored food and drink to solid-surfaced areas and purchasing only washable or color-safe markers. Not only can these steps protect your carpet, they'll also help keep any light-colored upholstered furniture looking new for years.

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