We found the following article especially helpful in selecting and maintaining your indoor environment in the presence of “man’s best friend.” Although it may seem challenging, there are ways to make this situation as livable as possible and postpone the inevitable professional carpet and flooring treatments as long as feasible.
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? Or have given up on patchwork quilts in the bedroom because, well, dog toenails? Or make do with indoor/outdoor washable throw rugs? The question of balancing style and practicality often comes up when you are remodeling or renovating, or decorating a new home. One of the more important decisions you’ll make will involve flooring.
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. 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.
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: