By Annette Callari, ASID; CMG
Our pets are part of the family and we love having them inside with us, especially during the winter. It seems like every family in my neighborhood has at least two dogs, and right now, my sweet little kitten is cuddled up next to me while I write this blog. So, it occurred to me that I have never, ever seen an article (or blog) dedicated to floor coverings that can forgive your pet a mistake or two.
You really don’t have to give up the warmth and comfort of carpet to accommodate pets. You may have to vacuum more often to keep the shedding in check, but there are superior yarn systems that can cohabitate very well with your pet. Look for solution-dyed nylon for colorfast properties. Any spills or accidents (even bleach or ammonia-based) are less likely to affect the color. Here’s an innovative idea for you—think about choosing a low profile commercial grade carpet. Solution-dyed nylon combined with special topical treatments makes commercial carpet a great choice. Mannington Mills has two topical applications: X-Guard for stain protection and ColorSafe for color protection. Cut pile styles work well with pets. Loop style carpets aren’t a good choice with 4-legged friends in the home. Pet claws and loops don’t mix well.
StainMaster® is a name just about everyone recognizes. Did you know that they offer PetProtectÔ carpets and cushion (pad)? The benefits speak for themselves:
– Resists pet stains – it is color safe and can be cleaned with powerful cleaning agents
– Releases pet hair – these carpets release pet hair easily during vacuuming
– Reduces pet odors – this branded carpet combined with StainMaster carpet pad helps keep spills and accidents from soaking into the cushion and subfloor, reducing odors when properly cleaned.
Mohawk Industries also offers a carpet system that performs well with pets. Their SmartStrand® carpets have built in stain and soil protection. Since it’s not applied topically, the protection will never wear or walk off. These carpets are easy to clean with mild detergent and water and are made in part from renewable resources.
If you love hardwood floors, take heart, you can get the look and keep Rover. Luxury Vinyl Planks are a great alternative. Look for a brand that has an aluminum oxide coating which will resist scratching, no matter the size or weight of your pet (to clarify, I am talking cats or dogs only). Also, every one of the major porcelain tile manufacturers offer a line of wood-look tile that will perform well with pets.
In addition to the wood look mentioned above, glazed porcelain tile is an excellent choice with pets in the house. Easily cleaned, it will maintain its polished good looks for years. The broad range of colors, sizes and patterns offer every look from natural stone to contemporary graphics.
Hopefully, this blog has given you the reassurance and friendly push you need to get out there and purchase your brand new floor covering. Stop blaming your procrastination on the dog. Look for a qualified dealer (see wfca.org “Dealer Locator”) who will show you the great selections you have to choose from.