Many carpets today come with superior stain protection, soil protection and static resistance. Most homeowners clean their carpets about once a year. So, in the interim, you want the carpet to perform as well as possible in these three areas. While no carpet is completely protected, today’s products are better than ever. Check the labels on the carpet samples and ask your dealer how the carpet you’ve chosen will perform overall. Also, be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning any stains that find their way onto your carpet via the three kids, two dogs and one cat. Remember: Any carpet will take a beating from children, pets, spills and day-to-day foot traffic. But a good carpet can withstand the abuse and typically outlast many other household items.