While your pets are important members of your household, they can also be quite destructive. Your rugs can take a beating from their fur, claws, and accidents if they are not pet-friendly. You should be able to have the rug of your dreams and your pets live in harmony. Continue reading for the best rugs for your home if you have pets.
Best Rug Materials For Pets
Wool rugs are a great option for homes with pets for their durability and softness. However, they can be expensive, so if you’re worried about your pets ruining your rug, you might want to consider a different material.
Synthetic rugs made of polypropylene, nylon, or polyester are another pet-friendly option since they are durable, soft, maintain color well, and are easy to clean. These rugs often don’t break the bank like wool rugs so you do not have to worry as much about your pets damaging your rug.
Cotton flatweaves are a great option for pets since there is not an actual pile to the rug, and cotton is a very durable and easy to clean material.
Washable rugs were made specifically for easy clean-up from stains and messes. With washable rugs, you can just throw the rug in the washing machine and have it look good as new!
Indoor/outdoor rugs are built to be durable enough for the outdoors but soft enough to be comfortable inside your home. With their durability, they will be able to handle any wear and tear from your pets.
Rugs To Avoid With Pets
Dirt, dust, and fur can get stuck in the thick and fluffy pile that shag rugs are known for. Your furry friends could also decide that the shag pile is a new chew toy.
While high-pile rugs are beautiful and comfortable, pet hair and dirt can easily get stuck in the pile of the rug.
Rugs with fringe and tassels are automatically new chew toys for your pets so it is best to steer clear.
Cleaning Habits For Rugs When You Have Pets
Vacuum Your Rugs Regularly
Your rugs already hold onto dirt and dust, but pet hair is an added layer. It’s important to vacuum your rug regularly to pick up any dirt, dust, pet hair, and dander that is sitting on your rug. The longer you leave it sitting, the more it will mat down the rug, causing damage to the fibers.
Tackle Accidents Fast
As soon as you see a stain or an accident, it’s time to act fast. The longer you leave the stain unattended, the harder it will be to get the stain out.
Blot, Blot, Blot
For any stains, dap a cloth on top of the stain to pick up any liquid before using a cleaning solution. Do not rub! Rubbing could force the stain deeper into the rug fibers, making it much harder to get out.
Additional Tips To Keep In Mind
Pick A Great Pattern
Unfortunately, pets are bound to cause a few stains on your rugs. Busier patterns can not only provide a lovely aesthetic look to your home, but they can also mask the appearance of stains and pet fur well!
Pay Attention To The Fur Color
If your pets shed most of their fur, it’s smart to try to coordinate the color of their fur with the color of your rug. By coordinating these colors, your pet’s fur won’t stand out as much against the rug.
For pets with white fur, you can use cream, light gray, or other light-colored rugs.
For pets with darker fur, you want to look at blacks or dark grays.
Use Rug Pads
Rug pads are important to use underneath all of your rugs throughout your house, pets or no pets. But it is even more important to use rug pads with pets so you can protect your rug and floor while keeping your rug secure to the floor.
Every pet owner with rugs is going to need a deep rug cleaning to keep your rugs looking beautiful. Cristomar offers a freshwater cleaning process to remove any dust, dirt, and fur that could be stuck in your rug without damaging the fibers or dyes. Give us a call today to schedule your rug cleaning!