SmartStrand® is the ONLY carpet with built-in stain and soil resistance that will NEVER wear or wash off. A revolutionary carpet that offers superior durability, cleanability and softness in eco-friendly form.  

So I think by now you have all heard that we just moved into a new house!

A new house with so much more space.  My head is exploding with all the decorating ideas and projects I have in mind for all the new spaces!

One of our favorite things about this house is the finished basement.  Allison’s bedroom is down there, along with lots of storage and a large family/TV room with walk out access to the back yard.  It’s the perfect place for a sixteen year old to entertain all of her friends. 😉

Finished Basement with Mohawk Smartstrand carpet rug at

Right now it is full of orphaned furniture pieces, blue and brown walls and laminate wood flooring, which I love.  There’s lots of space, but the hard flooring gives it such a cold feeling.

When Mohawk Carpet, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, asked if I would like to try out their new “SmartSrand” rug I couldn’t say YES, fast enough! 

Here’s why:

SmartStrand has permanent stain and soil resistance that will never wear off.
Most carpets have stain and soil treatments that are applied topically to the fiber. Over time, in the face of foot traffic, and due to wear and tear, the topically applied stain and soil treatment wears off. This can leave ordinary carpets looking worn out and dirty sooner than you might expect for such a large purchase. With SmartStrand, you don’t have to worry about that. For as long as you have the carpet, it will have stain protection because it is built into the carpet fiber itself.

Mohawk Smartstrand room

Mohawk Carpet

SmartStrand is extremely easy to clean.
Say goodbye to carpet cleaners! You don’t have to use any harsh chemicals or carpet cleaners to remove stains from SmartStrand carpet. All you need is a dishrag, some warm water, and mild detergent, like dish soap. Even tough stains, like ketchup, mustard, red Kool-Aid, and even red wine will clean easily out of SmartStrand carpet. Almost everyone has a flooring horror story, but with SmartStrand there’s no need to worry. Did you know that this carpet is rated #1 in consumer satisfaction? You can see consumer reviews on the MohawkFlooring website as well.

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! The 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!

Mohawk Smartstrand rug at

We may not have a rhino or elephants, but our home definitely feels like a zoo sometimes! I’m totally loving all the features this rug has……… Callye likes it because it’s comfortable!


I choose the the Tender Tradition in Billowing Cloud because there is so much going on in that space right now and I’m not sure what my plans are yet…. we need new furniture and fresh paint colors, so I knew I couldn’t go wrong with a white rug that’s a snap to clean……even with dogs and teens.

If you’re not bold enough for a white rug, or what to try something fun, SmartStrand comes in 40 different colors and textures.

Interested in snagging a new Mohawk area rug to begin transforming a room in your house?  I’ve got you covered!

Enter to Win a 6'x9' Mohawk Smartstrand rug at


You can enter win your very own SmartStrand rug! Up for grabs is a 6’ X 9” SmartStrand bound carpet rug in the Simonton Beach style. And since this is all about color, Mohawk has agreed to let you pick the color of your choice– there are more than 40 colors to choose from!  Not a bunch of hoops to jump thru, simply go to the contest page to enter- ends July 4th. Good luck!

UPDATE:  Giveaway has ended, congrats to the winner, Megan Pires!!

Where would YOU put a new rug?

**NOTE:  leaving a comment on this post is not a giveaway entry – you must go here to enter 😉

Disclosure:  Thanks to Mohawk for sponsoring this discussion and giveaway.  As always, all opinion and views are my own.