Tips for Protecting Your Carpet from Pets

Cat laying on carpet

If you’re considering making an investment in a new carpet for your home but are unsure if it will be safe with your pet or pets running around the house, you can rest assured that there are several methods that can be used to protect your carpeting for the long haul.

No matter what color the rug may be, or where it is located inside the home, there are a few tips to follow that will ensure your carpet is looking its very best whatever your pets get themselves into.

Have a specified cleaning area

If you have a dog or cat that spends a lot of time outdoors, you know how difficult it can be to keep dirt and mud outside and off of your carpet.

One way to ensure that what’s outside stays there is by having a cleaning area near all doors in your home.

Whether it be the front door or back, consider adding a hardwood, stone or tile entrance where you can clean off your pet before they make their way to your new carpet.

In this cleaning area, you can wash off their coats and paws with a wet washcloth or paper towel and ensure that all dirt, mud and more remain out of your home.

Have your pet groomed regularly

Another essential tip for keeping your carpet clean when you have a pet in the home is to have all pets groomed regularly.

Having your pet groomed will ensure they shed less, which will not only keep your carpets clean, but will keep other furniture looking its best, and will help you save time on cleaning up hair every few days.

Keep their nails trimmed as well 

While it is certainly important to have your pet groomed on a regular basis, it is equally important to have their nails trimmed.

Proper trimming of nails will make sure they do not dig into your new carpet, causing all types of damage.

When your pet gets excited and runs around or scoots across the carpet, nails can snag the strands of material. This can cause an unraveling effect that can eventually leave spots that are bare, disheveled or looking less fluffy than the rest of the carpet.

When trimming your pet’s nails, it’s also beneficial to use a pet nail file on them. This removes rigidity and will make the nails feel smooth again. This also helps to protect hardwood, stone and tile floors as well.

Place food & water away from carpets

We know that pets tend to spill when sticking their heads into their water and food bowls. If you can, it is suggested to place these bowls on a non-carpeted surface. If your entire home is carpeted, put a rubber mat underneath bowls to catch spills.

Vacuum your carpet often
If your pet is a shedder, it will be essential to vacuum your carpet at least once a week, as built-up hair can cause a carpet to get weighed down and have an odor to it.

When you vacuum, you should move furniture and hit all areas of your carpet. Pet dander and hair can travel, causing it to get on carpet that is underneath furniture. If the pet eats on the carpet or plays with toys on carpeted areas, it is also ideal to vacuum their play areas. Drool and particles from toys can get into the carpet and leave an unpleasant odor over time.

Have cleaners on hand

If you are worried about stains that can occur from everyday use, are concerned about fleas or any other common issues that can befall your carpet when you have a pet, make sure to have a cleaner on hand. You can buy cleaning products in most stores that can be sprayed over carpeted areas without causing damage.

If you feel you can use these tips to your advantage and would like to purchase a new carpet for your home, we ask that you call our team at Carpet Closeouts.

Located in Phoenix, AZ, we are a discount carpet dealer that is proud to offer a wide selection of residential carpets from some of the top brands on the market. We are fighting inflation during these difficult times and are proud to offer the same discount, un-inflated prices that we always have. 

To learn about our carpeting options, we invite you to give us a call at (602) 493-7700 today.