Dorm life is dirty life. Let’s face it college kids aren’t known for their cleanliness. Heck how cluttered was your kid’s room before he headed off to school?

Well if you want to at least keep one area of the room reasonably clean then you need to figure out how to choose an appropriate dorm room rug.

Durability is a big concern. Heck you might be better off getting outdoor carpet that could be hosed off. Granted it’s not that attractive a look for a dorm. So ruling that option out look for a carpet that has a stain guard on it, a LOT of stain guard.

Color is the next choice. Look for something that’s going to hide stains. Normally the darker the better is a good rule of thumb. Black though can show dust and dirt.  Dark blues and greens work well for camouflaging all the dirt in a college dorm.

The next thing you’ll want is a patterned carpet. The more dense the pattern the less it will show dirt. Even though the rug hasn’t been vacuumed in six months doesn’t mean it has to look like it. A tight interwoven pattern can hide crumbs, chips and of course pencil shavings from all that studying.

If you’re just picking out a throw rug then you might as well get one that’s washable. That way when your kid comes home to do laundry you can wash the rug out at the same time.

So there you go, a few tips on how to choose a dorm room rug. Look for a dark carpet with a tight interwoven pattern. Make sure it’s stain repellent as well. On the bright side the carpet only needs to last four years. Almost anything you find at the store should hold up to abuse for that short of time.

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