3 Things to Look for in Pet-Friendly Carpet

3 Things to Look for in Pet-Friendly Carpet

by Heidi Estes, August 13, 2016

Most pet owners struggle with the decision to install carpeting in their homes even when this is their preferred type of flooring. The hesitation is understandable, pets can be messy making cleaning a difficult task, particularly so for carpets. There is however such a thing as pet-friendly carpets. If this description sounds exactly like what you are looking for, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind before making the purchase. Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 12.51.32 PM

Is it liquid repellent?

One of the major hallmarks of quality pet-friendly carpeting is liquid repellent properties. The idea is that stains and liquids stay on the surface of the carpet rather than seep in, making cleaning and maintenance easy. Pet-friendly carpeting is made with special properties on the fibers from the tip to the backing to specifically prevent messes from seeping in and doing permanent damage to the carpet. The result is a carpet that looks newer for longer despite messes common with pets.

Does it have a scrim layer?

A scrim layer is simply a moisture barrier that keeps liquids from seeping to the subfloor or padding. This is especially useful when housetraining your pet. The main advantage with the scrim layer is that it is able to prevent seepage for longer, and especially useful feature when you cannot attend to pet urine immediately or do not know where the mess happened.

Does it reduce odors?

Quality pet-friendly carpets come with built-in odor reducer treatments. Even where this is the case, it is important to ask whether the treatment used is natural and safe for your pet or humans. If done correctly, this treatment can last as long as the life of the life span of the carpet. This treatment works by breaking down odor compounds such as pet urine with the by-product in this case being odorless carbon dioxide. This eliminates the need for deodorizers, candles and air fresheners to keep your home smelling fresh. Overall, pet-friendly carpeting is made specifically for pet owners and covers some of the challenges that they face in terms of maintaining a clean home. In addition, the carpets are designed to be comfortable for your pets to walk, lay and play on. It is important to talk to an expert about the available options to find the best fit for your specific needs. More importantly, get a professional installer who uses certified and high-quality materials for the best result.

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