Paws on Carpet: What is the Best Carpet for Pets?

What is the Best Carpet for Pets?

Many pet owners who are in the market for flooring might think that carpet is not an option for their homes and four-legged friends, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Our friends at Mohawk have come up with the “Carpet Shopping for Pets” Checklist to make carpet work for your home.

Here is the checklist:

1. Stain resistance and durability

Advancements in manufacturing technology have made carpets better than ever. New product features allow carpet to hold up to the toughest wear from pets and humans. Stain resistance and durability are the most important features when shopping around for carpet for your pets.

2. Carpet fiber

There are a number of different fibers to choose from in today’s flooring marketplace, many of which are designed to perform well with a pet in the house. The experts at your local flooring specialty store have the knowledge and experience to help you decide on what’s right for you. Here’s some information from the Carpet and Rug Institute website.

3. Use colors and patterns strategically

Colors and patterns might seem like a strange consideration to make in this situation, but the right color and pattern can help hide soil and pet hair. Try to match the color of carpet with the hair color of your pet(s).

4. Cut piles are a better fit than loop piles

Loop piles can present two problems for pets. The first is that claws can get stuck in the loops and make for an unhappy pet. The second is that a dog or cat can rip up the loops in the carpet. Both of these problems are averted with cut pile carpet.

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