What is a Suitable Stair Carpet – CARPET IMAGE

With the correct care and maintenance, a suitable stair carpet should last for many years.

If you live in a busy household with constant foot traffic from humans and our four-legged friends, it’s vital to choose the correct type of carpet.

If your current carpet is showing signs of wear and tear sooner than you expected, it might be worth considering a different type when you come to replace it.

One area often overlooked is underlay. It is essential to use a good quality underlay if you want to get the best wear from your new carpet.





For a busy home, you will need a tough, durable carpet that can withstand constant foot traffic. 


The stairs are one of the busiest areas of any home, just think about how many times you walk up and down them in a single day, then multiply this by the rest of your household.


Household pets are often attracted to stairs, cats, in particular, seem to enjoy stretching out and scratching away at the stairs carpet on the stairs. 


Before choosing a carpet, make sure to ask if it is suitable for use on stairs. Not all carpets are created equal. Many types will not be ideal for such a high-traffic part of the home.




It is easy to assume that a thicker carpet would be more durable than a thin one, but this is not always the case.

 Very thick carpets are not always suitable for use on stairs and can cause fitting problems; a deep pile carpet can be a tripping hazard – something no one wants on or around the stairs. 


Thinner carpets can be highly durable, but always check the manufacturer’s guidelines or ask your retailer for advice to make sure you choose a suitable stair carpet.


Soil Resistance


It is always worth opting for a soil-resistant carpet if you can, especially if you have children or pets. You might be surprised to learn that soil resistance and stain resistance are not the same things. 


Stain resistance is not particularly important when it comes to stairs because it is not an area of the home where people are likely to be eating or drinking or otherwise doing anything that might cause stains.


A soil-resistant carpet, however, will help prevent particles of dirt from sticking to the fibers. Regular vacuuming will also pick up any debris and dirt, preventing it from becoming ground into the carpet or pushed deep into the fibers.