Dog owners often find themselves choosing between a home that’s decorated for their own comfort and style, and one that can withstand life with dogs. How many of us throw an old blanket on our beautiful sofa, so the dog can watch TV with us, and then pull it off when company comes? The question of balancing style and practicality often comes up when you are remodeling, renovating, or decorating your home. One of the more important decisions you’ll make as a dog owner will involve flooring.
Advantages of Carpet for Dogs
The choice is easier in rooms that naturally get a lot of wear and tear, such as kitchens, mudrooms, and bathrooms. But what about rooms where you dream of having some plush carpeting under your feet, but hesitate because you have dogs? There actually are some advantages to carpet when it comes to dogs.
Unlike hard-surface floors, dogs won’t slip and slide on it, especially puppies that have not yet found their grown-up balance. Unlike hardwood, laminate, vinyl, or tile, carpets won’t accumulate scratches and scuff marks, so there’s no more worrying about damage from pets’ paws and claws. Carpeting is also noise-muffling, which is especially nice in upstairs rooms or apartments. You can choose the color and style you want, and your dog will appreciate having a soft, warm place to snooze.
Types of Carpeting for Homes With Dogs
Once you’ve decided that carpeting is right for you, select one that can withstand the usual dirt and occasional accidents that come with living with dogs. You’ll want:
- Material that repels spills, from your morning coffee to the wine your dog’s tail just swept off the coffee table
- Superior stain resistance. Life happens, but it doesn’t have to live permanently on your carpet
- A carpet that stands up to heavy traffic and wear-and-tear
- A serious warranty, just in case
How to Keep Carpets Clean With Dogs
You’ll never keep all the dirt and mud off of your dog, but you can follow a few tips to help keep your carpets clean when you live with dogs.
- Dry your dog’s paws when he comes inside. That will help prevent dirt from embedding in the carpet. He may not like it, but if you’re consistent, he’ll learn that he can’t come in until you wipe his paws
- Wipe up spills as quickly as possible. The sooner you clean up a spill, the less likely it will turn into a stain
- If you do find stains, there are many pet-safe cleaning solutions you can use on carpet
We all make some compromises when we share our home with a dog, whether that means never leaving food on the counter, making room in the bed, or designating one armchair as “the dog’s chair.” But you don’t have to compromise when it comes to flooring. Your family can enjoy the comfort of a soft carpet, and you won’t have to gate off a room for fear of what your canine companion will do to the carpeting. He can come in and enjoy family life with you!