4 Ways To Make Your Carpet Installation More Pet-Friendly

Do you have pets but love carpet? Many people believe that carpet is very difficult to maintain with pets, but that isn't necessarily true. There are some things that you can have your carpet installers do that can make your carpet installation last much longer. 

1. Use Water-Resistant Padding

There are many types of padding for under your carpet. Most homeowners will choose whichever option is most affordable and most comfortable, but it's also a good idea to look for padding that is water-resistant and stain-resistant. Padding that is not water-resistant may soak up "accidents," and it may become very difficult to get that smell out of the carpet. Most steam cleaners don't reach down to the padding layer, so the smell may keep emerging.

2. Consider Berber Carpeting

Berber carpeting can be great for those with pets because there is less for fur to stick to. Berber is a smooth, closed-loop pile, and most dirt and debris will simply stay on top of it, waiting to get vacuumed up. However, there's one catch; Berber carpeting can be bad for those with cats if their cats tend to scratch at carpet. Why? Cats can unravel it; unlike other types of carpet, pulling at a string of Berber may continuously unravel its edge.

3. Install Under Door Tracks

If you're concerned about your pets clawing underneath your doors, consider installing a track. A track is a small strip—usually of metal—that just screws in over your carpet underneath your door. This is usually used to create a transition between one type of flooring to another, but it can also be used to secure the carpeting and to dissuade any heavy scratching. 

4. Strategically Place Tile (Or Other Flooring Options)

There are a few areas in which carpeting is a very bad idea if you have pets, even if you want carpeting throughout the rest of your home. The entryway doors and backyard doors are two examples; pets will often run in and out of these areas, tearing up the carpet, and they will bring dirt and debris with them. Instead, make sure these sections are tiled (or use some other hard and easy to clean flooring). 

Keeping a pet and carpeting doesn't have to be a nightmare! But it will take a lot of upkeep. If you're really worried about fur, dander, allergens and other issues, you might want to consider only carpeting the areas that you feel strictly need it, such as bedrooms. For more information, visit jkpflooring.com.