HOW TO CHOOSE CARPET WHEN LIVING WITH PETS
We all love our pets but there is no doubt that they can be hard on the wear and tear of our carpets. Not only are the occasional ‘accidents’ to be expected but depending on what type of carpet you own, they can also snag the pile with their claws, causing ugly pulled threads to appear.
CONSIDER CARPET PILE
Carpet pile is the length and thickness of the carpet fibre used to weave the rug and carpet. There are two kinds of carpet pile: loop pile and cut pile. If you have pets, it is best to use cut pile. Loop pile can get caught on your pet’s claws. Once this happens, they tend to want to rip it up, tear it, and pull it out using it as a chew toy. So if you want to avoid this headache, always choose cut pile carpet.
CHOOSE THE BEST CARPET FIBRE
Carpet fibres are either natural (like wool) or synthetic (like nylon and polyester). If you have pets in the house you want the most durable and stain-resistant. You will need a carpet that can cope with stains like urine or vomit and one that can be cleaned of pet dander easily.
The best choice for pet owners is synthetic carpet because while natural fibres are more environmentally friendly, synthetic fibres are more practical due to their durability and stain resistance. The main difference between nylon and polyester is the fact that polyester will track easily. Heavy furniture, large animals and high foot fall will mark it. Nylon is the more expensive choice, and it is best for large pets as it doesn’t track as easily as polyester. Polyester carpets are cheaper and are fine for smaller pets.
FACTOR IN COLOUR AND PATTERN
It’s a fact of life that most of us don’t vacuum every day and that many pets will shed hair. Shed hair, dead skin and urine proteins are what make up pet dander. It’s important to clean this up out of your carpet but for the sake of aesthetics, (and the fact that there will be days you don’t vacuum), consider a carpet with a pattern and one that is a similar colour to the fur of your pet.
In addition to choosing the best carpet, it is also worth noting that if you have pets that spend a lot of time indoors, no matter what kind of carpet you choose, you should have it professionally cleaned at least twice per year. The main reason for this is to ensure adequate removal of pet dander and dust mites. Dust mites will be attracted to the pet dander. Removing these contaminants completely is not an option but regular professional cleaning will minimize it. In addition to this, it is always a good idea to pay particular attention to urine and vomit stains that may be caused by your pets and having these treated professionally could save you money in the long run.
You don’t need to sacrifice aesthetic design if you have pets —all you need to do is to remember these simple tips when choosing a carpet for your house, and it should minimize the wear and tear caused by your faithful companions.
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