Carpet is indeed a great choice for pets. Just make sure you consider the type and style of carpet carefully. Here are three things to keep in mind when you shop for carpet in a pet-friendly home.
Three Considerations for Pet-Friendly Carpet
1. Stain resistanceThere's no doubt about it: if you have pets, you will have messes on your floors. Dirt and mud brought in from outside. Accidents when Fido is left home alone too long. Spills when an over-exuberant tail wag bumps into a glass on the coffee table. Pets and messes tend to go paw in paw. Look for carpet with the highest stain resistance you can find. You'll still need to tackle the mess as soon as possible, but your carpet will be more forgiving of stains if you have one that is pre-treated.
Many carpet manufacturers now offer a special stain resistance made with pets in mind. These carpets are also often designed to prevent pet stains from soaking into the fibers and through to your carpet padding - where smells, bacteria and mold can cause long-term issues from pet messes.