Carpets are major components in a unit, and it is possible for property management to overlook them. If the carpet in a unit is stained, has matted fibers, or if the pile is crushed, then it is time to replace it. Renters will consider the state of carpets and if they are in bad shape, property management could lose terrific and normally loyal tenants. Cost, durability, stain resistance, and material are the important aspects to consider while selecting carpets.

Tenant Profile

It would be best to consider a tenant profile before selecting a carpet. Typically, kids and pets will wear out carpets at a much faster rate, and therefore property management should consider cheaper options that can be replaced more often. However, you also need to weigh in durability and consider the cost benefit ratio of a carpet.


While considering the durability of a carpet you will need to consider twist, density, and fiber. Nylon fiber is extremely durable carpet fiber and it is resistant to stains as well. Olefin or polypropylene is durable as well, but may not resist stains as much as nylon does. The twist of the carpet refers to number of twists in each tuft of the carpet. The more twists the better the durability.

For instance, carpets with seven twists per inch of tuft fiber will resist wear and retain the appearance much longer than carpets having four twists per inch. Finally, density refers to the number of tufts packed tightly per square inch. If tufts are packed less than 1/6th inch apart, then the density is reasonable and the carpet will retain its appearance for a longer period of time. If you want more durability, select carpets with higher density.


Resistance to Stains

Stain resistance capacity is a major consideration when it comes to installing carpets in rented units. Studies show that people are more careless with things when they do not own them, even if they have to pay a part of their deposit to replace stained carpets. Nylon and polyester fibers are resistant to stains; however, any fiber can be topically treated to improve its stain resistance capacity. However, topical treatment could wear off quickly compared to stain resistance of polyester fibers. Nevertheless, carpet fibers made from recycled plastic tend to matt easily and the pile will appear crushed.


It is important to have softer carpets in areas where tenants are likely to walk barefoot, such as the bedroom area. High-density carpets with many twists are durable but they will not provide the comfort and softness that is preferred in a bedroom. Hence, property management might have to choose different types of carpets for different rooms.

Choice of Padding

Padding is the carpet's foundation and it influences the comfort aspect of the carpet. Fiber padding is one of the best types, as it does not stretch under heavy traffic. Rubber is heavy-duty material, but it is more expensive. Rebond on the other hand is much more reasonably priced and is stronger than foam. Rebond padding does very well in high traffic areas and in houses with pets or furry critters that people enjoy having around them.