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Pet-Friendly Carpets: Do They Actually Exist?

If you own a pet and are looking for a new home floor, you may be quick to rule carpet out. After all, every pet has an accident once in a while.


But the truth is that there are many reasons why wall-to-wall carpeting can be a great option for homes with pets. Specifically, pets love carpet for its warmth and comfort. Carpet is also safe for pets because it’s a non-slip surface. And don’t forget that because carpet absorbs sound, it can dampen the noise your pet makes when racing across the floor.


What should you keep an eye out for if you’re looking for a pet-friendly carpet? Here’s what to consider:


Carpet material


Nylon


One of the most important characteristics to look for in a pet-friendly carpet is durability. And if you’re looking for a carpet with durability, nylon is your winner. In fact, nylon is the most durable and abrasion-resistant type of carpet available. This makes it excellent at withstanding the wear and tear caused by pets that run around and scratch floors with their nails.


In addition, nylon is relatively stain-resistant, which is also an important characteristic to consider when searching for pet-friendly carpets. And if that’s not all, it’s affordable too!


Polyester


Polyester is another excellent material for pet-friendly carpets. This is because it’s highly stain-resistant, more so than nylon. It’s also cheaper than nylon, making it a great option if you’re on a budget.


However, polyester carpets are less durable than nylon carpets. So if you’re more concerned about wear and tear than stains, choose nylon.


Wool


Whereas nylon and polyester are both synthetic types of pet-friendly carpet materials, wool is a natural carpet material. Wool is reasonably durable and stain-resistant, and it gives you the option of installing a luxury carpet material that’s still pet-friendly.


That said, wool isn’t as durable and resistant to stains as nylon and polyester are. It’s also expensive and more likely to absorb water, which makes it more difficult to clean. For these reasons, nylon and polyester are the best carpet materials for most pet owners.


Carpet cut pile type


In addition to choosing a pet-friendly carpet material, it’s also important to select the right cut pile type. This refers to how the fibres that make up the carpet have been cut and arranged. Although there are several cut pile types, frieze carpets tend to be the best option for pet owners. Frieze carpets consist of tightly woven fibres that are short and twisted. Because of these features, frieze carpets are durable and effective at hiding stains.


Carpet colour


If your pet tends to shed, you’ll also want to think about the colour of your pet-friendly carpet. Specifically, experts recommend matching the colour of your carpet to the colour of your pet. This way, the hair they shed won’t be as noticeable if it lands on your carpet.


Finding a pet-friendly carpet doesn’t have to be hard


It’s easy to believe that pets and carpet flooring don’t mix. But carpet is actually great for pets in a number of ways. And as long as you know what to look for, finding a carpet that fits your needs as a pet owner doesn’t have to be hard. Just look for nylon or polyester carpets with a frieze cut pile and a colour that matches your pet. It really is that simple.


Need help finding the right new carpet for your home? We’d be happy to help.

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