Time for an exciting stair runner update

by Jessie K on June 13, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s been several months since we installed our Dash & Albert stair runner and I thought it’s a good time to let readers know how the carpet is holding up.

Since we spend a  spend a lot of time outdoors, we ended up going with polypropylene indoor/outdoor rug, which is scrubbable, bleachable and can stand up to all kinds of dirt. For two-thirds of the year, we’re a shoes-off household — Jake tracks in too much dirt — but  that rule goes out the window in the warmer months when June is going in and out of the house fifty times a day. So the stairs receive a lot of traffic, many times without shoes, but these days, with shoes on. 

I’ll start with the good news. I get a lot of comments about my stair runner. Guests love it. I’m super glad I went with such a bold graphic choice. I don’t regret that for a second.

Now the not so great news. I’ve noticed some pilling in certain areas of the carpet! I don’t know if pilling is the right word….what do you call it when fibers start to come loose from the weave?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s not much but it’s enough for me — admittedly, a very anal retentive stair runner aficionado….but can you blame me considering the hassle we went through installing this sucker? — to notice, and I have to say, I’m a wee concerned about it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI pretty sure it’s our dog Solha’s claws that’s causing some of fibers to come loose. She traipses up and down the stairs about as often as we do and her claws aren’t exactly French manicured.

It’s not a big deal now, but what is the carpet going to look like in five years? Guess another hellacious stair runner install is in our future! But, hey, I’ll probably be ready for another major decor change then anyway, if not sooner.

If I’d have any advice for readers, it’s this: The weave of the stair runner is really important especially if you have pets! I wish now we would have gone with a regular bedroom carpet type of stair runner…a weave a dog’s claws can’t pull on. But those type of weaves don’t come in super pretty prints, colors and designs like those you find from Dash & Albert (if I’m wrong, please let me know). It’s more like corporate carpeting from the 80s in a delightful mauve palate. But, hey, at least it lasts.



{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Janelle June 13, 2014 at 10:52 pm


Oh goodness. That is troublesome. When we moved in to our home 5 years ago, I went with a short pile brown carpet with a paisley print recessed into the carpet without any color change. (It’s completely brown.) It has held up amazingly well – still looks like brand new. Had a friend who owns a carpet store, gave us a remnant and he installed it dirt cheap. We were lucky (and educated.) Good luck with yours over the years.

Catherine June 14, 2014 at 10:01 am


Hi Jessie,
So many indoor/outdoor carpet materials and various applications using them are relatively new, and getting feedback on durability and wear is really valuable. It’s a little hard to tell from the photos if there is just pilling, or is there pilling plus actual stitches being pulled? Is the pilling happening only with the white fibers or with the black, too? Call or email me with more detail, and I can get in touch with D&A for more information on this.

Jessie K June 17, 2014 at 10:38 am


Hi Catherine — no stitching is being pulled. It’s more that some of the fibers are fraying prematurely. It’s VERY minor but I do notice it. The hazard of pet ownership!

Donna Consola June 16, 2014 at 12:07 pm


I think that you mentioned an interior decorator gave you some designs to choose from. If she knew the runner was for stairs, she probably should have asked if you had pets. When I went to Home Depot for a stair runner, that was the first thing the salesperson mentioned. Good Luck

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