Some manufacturers and retailers provide a carpet performance rating on the carpet’s label. The rating, based on a scale from one to five, denotes how well the carpet can withstand extended wear. The higher the rating, the more durable you can expect the carpet to be. Of course, proper care is still essential for carpet to retain a fresh appearance. The performance rating doesn’t account for factors such as maintenance; it simply indicates the carpet’s ability to preserve its texture after prolonged use. A rating of four or higher is exceptional and is recommended for carpet used in heavy-traffic areas, like living rooms. A rating of two to four suggests average durability, and carpet with a rating below two is only appropriate for areas like bedrooms, where traffic will be the lightest.