Our Durable New Rug {SmartStrand}


We have hardwood floors throughout our house except for two small rooms, the playroom and the office.  And to be honest, the carpet in those two rooms looks disgusting even though they where brand new when we moved in less than 2 years ago.

BOYS!  Smile

We bought a rug for our den just a few months ago, and to be honest about that too, it is already showing some dirt.  It’s so frustrating!

So when I was given the opportunity to get a new SmartStrand bound rug, I jumped at the chance.


You wanna know why?

Because of these three points…

#1—SmartStrand has permanent stain and soil resistance that will never wear off.

#2—SmartStrand is extremely easy to clean.
All you need is a dishrag, some warm water, and mild detergent, like dish soap.

#3—SmartStrand is very durable.

So durable, in fact, Mohawk held a SmartStrand Zoo Challenge. Mohawk carpeted the rhino enclosure at a popular zoo in Birmingham, Alabama. Ricko the Rhino lived on this carpet for 2 weeks! When all was said and done, Mohawk removed the carpet from Ricko’s home, had it professionally cleaned using only hot water extraction… and the carpet looked good as new!

smartstrand-zoo-challenge-posterThe next year, they took it even further and had six African elephants at the Dallas Zoo live on SmartStrand carpet for two weeks…and the result was the same. SmartStrand carpet is super durable. Strong enough for actual wildlife… and strong enough for YOUR wild life, too!

Here’s a video to prove it!  {You have to see this to believe it!}




Okay, so I’m thinking that if this carpet can stand up to 6 African elephants, that it should definitely be able to handle my 4 sons {and husband!}

Doncha think?

Well, to give the carpet a little test drive, I let Adam and Eli make their lunch on the carpet.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches…yum!

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They got straight to work preparing their sandwiches.

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Adam didn’t even keep his bread on his plate!  He was just enjoying the moment, and I wasn’t worried one bit.


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It really excites me to know that when they spill something on this rug, I can just wipe it clean with dish soap and a warm wash cloth.


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Because as you can tell, I’m gonna  need to…

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Adam spilled some jelly on the carpet, and I didn’t care.

Neither did the boys!  Look at them just chillin’ and enjoying their grub!

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When they were finished eating, there were several little spots of jelly that I had to clean up, and they came out of the carpet instantly.

Whew!  That’s good news for this “boy mama!”


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Here’s the good news!


You can win your own 6’ X 9’ SmartStrand bound carpet rug.

The giveaway is for a Mohawk SmartStrand 6′ x 9′ bound carpet rug in one of their most popular styles, Global Vision. The color is Sequoyah Dusk.

Go to the contest page to enter.



The contest starts Monday, March 18th and ends April 8th. Please see the registration page for legal rules.

Thanks to Mohawk Flooring for sponsoring today’s discussion.


  1. This has to be one of your best give-aways and one I really hope to win! I only mentioned one out of many places I could use this. I currently use the indoor/outdoor sisal which looks great and is easy to clean, but this has a bit warmer, cozier look for an eat-in kitchen or family room. Really nice. CTD

  2. Wow. This is a cool give away. My husband works for the railroad and you have no idea how deity he gets when he gets home. And I have 2 boys as well a border collie along with hamster. Getting a bunny soon as well. This rug will be a godsend for me!! Thanks!

  3. Such an awesome giveaway. Thank you for sharing your experience with the rug quality thus far. I love your blog and how you keep your posts so “real”.

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