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While many people don’t consider carpeting to be one of the more viable flooring options for bathrooms, the fact is there are a few types of bathroom carpeting especially designed for the job. While providing the softness that any type of carpeting adds to a room, bathroom carpeting is also designed to be highly stain resistant as well as more impervious to moisture and humidity. The result is the ability to have softness underfoot without worrying about odors being trapped in the carpeting or damage from water on the carpet.
In general, wall-to-wall carpeting is a better fit for smaller bathrooms. Most of the bathroom carpeting products of this type of made of polypropylene or some similar olefin blend. Polypropylene has water repellant properties, which is ideal for use in a bathroom. Olefin and polypropylene carpets also tend to prevent skidding, which means you can still use your favorite bath mats or rugs on top of the wall-to-wall carpeting without the risk of the mats slipping when you step on them.
With larger bathrooms, it is usually a good idea to go with a tiled bathroom floor matched with area rugs composed of olefin or possibly nylon blends. As with polypropylene and olefin, nylon tends to be water repellant, making it an ideal choice for bathroom carpeting. Many retail stores that carry bathroom carpeting offer sets of this kind of bathroom flooring, making it easy to address different areas in the space.
You can also consider going to a home-remodeling store, where you can purchase a single length of bathroom carpeting any size you like. This solution is particularly helpful when the bathroom is rectangular in shape. By purchasing the section of bathroom carpet and having the edges bound, you can create a dramatic floor covering that will pick up on the colors of the tile and any other decorating accents you have in the space. Best of all, your bathroom carpeting is likely to be one-of-a-kind, especially if you use some sort of decorative binding material around the edges.
When purchasing any type of bathroom carpeting, always make sure the backing on the carpet is formulated to not skid on bare floors of any type. This is as important with wall to wall carpeting as with area rugs. Also make sure the fibers used for the carpeting are truly moisture and stain repellant. Taking these simple precautions will make it much easier to keep the carpeting clean and looking great for many years to come.
After living in an apartment that featured carpet in the bathroom, I can say I'm not a fan. Tile or laminate flooring is much easier to clean. Period. Tile is also much more resistant to moisture and humidity. I'll put down a bathmat in front of the tub, for traction, but overall, I'd rather have tile any day.
The only bad part about tile is the hairspray residue that tends to collect on it. I've yet to figure out how to remove that residue easily. I can do it, but it takes a fair amount of elbow grease. But it's way better than damp carpet!
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