It’s a question that all fur kid parents will face: What’s the best type of carpet for a home with a beloved dog?
Finding an answer to that question can be challenging. After all, there are a large number of carpeting options on the market that are available to homeowners. Since dogs themselves can be just as hard on your carpet as your two-legged kids, you want to select carpeting that is both stain resistant and durable — after all, the floor and your carpet is where your dog spends a lot of time, either sleeping, laying, walking, running or playing.
Your fur kid will also find wall-to-wall carpeting more comfortable than hardwood flooring or tiles, which can cause their paws to slide. Carpeting can also help absorb the sound of your fur kids running and playing when he’s inside.
Here are some things to consider when deciding which carpet is perfect for not only your home and lifestyle, but for your dog as well:
Always choose a carpet that is made of cut piles and not looped piles. Carpet that is made of looped piles can get caught and/or stuck in your dog’s nails, causing it to tear or fray, which can make your carpet look old before its time. Dog’s nails can also pull out looped carpet piles, leaving you with unsightly gapes in your carpet. An example of a looped pile carpet is a berber weave.
Examples of cut pile carpets include the saxony, which is usually cut at an angle and very durable, perfect for the dog that enjoys running up and down the hallway. The frieze is more tightly woven and more wiry looking than the saxony, but just as durable. .
Carpet is primarily made up of either nylon or polyester fiber, and which type you ultimately select is really up to you and your personal preference. Polyester can be more stain resistant that nylon, but improvements in stain treatments have also made nylon a good option. No matter which fiber you choose, select one that is made of an easy-to-clean material such as polypropylene that is beach proof. This will ensure that stains remain on the surface of your carpet and aren’t absorbed into the fabric. Be sure to take a look at all the options that are available to you before making your final carpeting selection decision.
And while the look, feel and appearance of your carpet is important, as a fur kid parent don’t forget to consider carpet backing as well. As mentioned earlier, even the best-trained dog will have an accident every now and then, so be sure to select a gel or waterproof backing for your new carpet. They help to make both wet and solid accidents easier to clean up and hold up well when hard scrubbing is required to clean up the mess your dog left behind.
Humans aren’t the only living things on the planet that can have allergies. Your fur kid can have them as well. New carpeting can give off several chemical compounds known as volatile organic compounds that can trigger an allergy or asthma attack in either your or your pet. If you’re concerned about this, be sure to give your new carpeting a good airing out by rolling it out and leaving it in an area where it can get plenty of fresh air for a couple of days before installation. To further lessen concern about possible allergy and asthma triggers, look for carpeting that is Green Label Plus certified.
Select a carpet color that can hide your dog’s shedding hair or other small messes between vacuuming and steam cleaning sessions. For example, if you have a dark colored fur kid, don’t select a light carpet or if you have a light colored dog, don’t select a darker carpet.
You can also opt to install carpet tiles instead of a whole room of carpeting to make it easier to replace a section in the event of doggy bathroom accidents or if you have a fur kid that likes to chew up whatever gets his attention. When you make your purchase, be sure to buy some extra carpet tiles so you’ll have them if you need them.