If you can’t imagine living without a dog or cat, but don’t want to compromise your sense of personal style here are a few carpeting tips for co-existing!
Wall to wall carpeting: Dogs and cats spend a lot of time lying around doing, well, nothing. With wall-to-wall carpeting, they get lots of options for naps and its non-slip surface is safer for moving about. Carpet also absorbs sound and eliminates the clicking of claws on a hard surface. Light-color carpets will showcase pet stains and hair. Instead, look for darker earth tones or multicolor patterns to mask the debris that goes along with owning a dog or cat. Some have even matched the color of the carpet to the color of their pet’s fur! Choose a stain-resistant low-pile carpeting for ease of clean up and avoid continuous loop carpet that can unravel when caught by a claw. Install an anti-microbial, moisture-resistant pad for long-term durability and to protect the floor beneath.
One Tile at a Time: Repositionable carpet tiles (such as FLOR) create the look of wall-to-wall carpeting or area rugs, but with fewer maintenance issues. You can easily remove a FLOR tile for cleaning or replace a section of tiles without having to replace the whole rug.
Area Rugs: Neutral-color sisal or seagrass mats are durable enough to stand up to pet traffic, and inexpensive enough to toss when they lose their looks. From a pet-owner’s point of view, the best area rugs feature patterns with a multitude of colors that draw the eye away from dirt, stains, and pet hair.