New Orleans CarpetYour pets probably don’t have a particular preference as to the carpet you put down in your home. However, you as the homeowner will be glad you chose the right carpet when your dog comes in with muddy feet or your cat tips over a glass of wine. The following are some considerations when picking out carpet for a home that has pets.

Key Pet-Friendly Carpet Features

There are two features that make a carpet ideal for the pet-friendly home:

Stain Resistance – You’ll want to plan on the carpet getting tracked with dirty paws and other messes. The carpet needs to be durable enough to withstand frequent scrubbing with cleansers to remove those stains. Since your pets won’t tell you when they’ve made a mess on the carpet, at times you will likely find stains that are hours or days old. Your carpet needs to stand up to heavy-duty cleaning, in those cases.

Durability – The carpet pile and fibers need to withstand the walking, running, and rolling that pets do on it. A pet that likes to knead its claws into the carpet will shorten the life span of a less durable carpet quickly.

Low-Maintenance, Low-VOC Options

When shopping for carpet, those made from synthetic materials such as nylon and polyester are more durable and stain resistant than natural materials. Polyester is slightly less expensive than nylon, but not as durable. Natural materials such as wool are much more expensive and less stain resistant.

Look for carpets that are labeled as low-VOC. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals found in some carpets as the result of the manufacturing process. These chemicals can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat of your pet. In some cases, they can cause neurological issues in a pet that frequently plays or sleeps on the carpet. We’ll help you with this!

There are also carpets that are specifically designed for pets. These contain materials that make it easier to clean. They also restrict the amount of pet stain that can make its way into the carpet pad. Once in the pad, bacteria can grow to create an odor that’s difficult to remove. These carpets tend to be more expensive and with fewer color and design choices than other synthetic options. Our trained design experts will talk you through these options to see if this is the best type of carpet for your home!

The Convenience of Carpet “Tiles”

Besides wall-to-wall carpet, carpet squares are a great option. These “tiles” come in a number of colors and designs, allowing you to create a unique-looking floor in your home. The real advantage for the pet owner is that you can easily replace a square should it become badly stained or damaged. Remember to buy a few extra squares to have on hand for rapid replacement. This is because colors and designs may be discontinued, and you could have difficulty finding replacement carpet squares down the road.

When replacing carpet in your home, keep your pets in mind. These tips can help you choose a carpet type that will be safe for your pets as well as low-maintenance for you. If you want to learn more about your many different carpet options, give the experts at Floor Coverings International Metairie a call to schedule a free in-home design consultation. We proudly serve the greater Metairie and New Orleans area.

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