You love the feel of soft carpet under your feet, but your also love your pets. Sometimes it can seem like carpeting and animals are incompatible. When you have pets and are purchasing new carpets for your home, there are some essential considerations that will help you make the best choice for a healthy, happy, and comfortable home for you and your animals.
Standard synthetic carpets in most homes are made of either nylon or polyester. Each of these has pros and cons for a home with pets. Nylon carpet is generally more durable than polyester, but polyester comes out ahead in stain resistance. Weighing these pros and cons with the habits of your pets will help you make the best decision. For example, if your concern is for your cat that likes to sharpen his nails on your floor, nylon is probably the better choice. If you have a new puppy having accidents and dragging mud into the house, polyester might be more appropriate.
When considering carpet pile, you’ll want to decide between cut vs. looped. As their names suggest, looped pile is left in its natural looped state and cut pile has these loops cut. As a general rule, cut pile is going to be the better choice for pet owners. Whether you have a dog, a cat, or a lizard, most pets have claws or nails that can get caught in looped piles, which will cause fraying and tearing. Additionally, looped piles, especially the ones that are frayed, are often irresistible to a pup that loves to chew.
It probably goes without saying that bright white carpeting isn’t the best decision for pet owners. Even small, clean animals tend to track in dirt and debris as well as increasing the likelihood of spills. Dark or patterned carpets can help hide these imperfections when you’re between professional carpet cleanings.
Many carpets now come with stain-resistant coatings, and stain resistance is of the utmost importance in a home with pets. A general rule of thumb is that if a carpet is not advertised as stain resistant, it probably isn’t. There is a huge variety of colors and styles available, so you’ll be able to find the perfect carpet for your home that will also be able to stand up to your pets.
One last thing to consider when purchasing new carpets for your home is how well the carpet will stand up to frequent cleanings. It’s recommended that homes with pets have their carpets professionally cleaned 3-4 times a year to keep them in top condition, so you’ll want to make sure you choose something that can stand up to being cleaned this often.
Having pets doesn’t mean you can’t have beautiful and comfortable carpets in your home. If you keep these factors in mind while you’re shopping, you can make the perfect choice for both your human family and your fur family.