Can pets and carpet exist in harmony? At Next Day Floors, we believe the answer is, “Fur-sure!” That being said, there are, of course, steps you can take to make sure you’re choosing the very best option for your pet-friendly household.

For starters, you’ll want to select the right type of carpet. Make sure to avoid loop carpet, where pet nails have a tendency to catch and pull at the carpet, creating a zippering effect. Berber carpet is an example of carpet using a loop pile cut.

When it comes to the brand of carpet you select, make sure to use a brand that offers a stain-resistant line, such as Mohawk’s SmartStrand Forever Clean or Stainmaster’s PetProtect. These carpets are protected by Nanoloc Spill and Soil Shield, which repels dirt and stains before they reach the carpet fiber.

Once you’re set on the carpet type, it’s important to select a moisture-proof cushion.

The number one benefit of carpet cushion is that it helps prolong the life and performance of the carpet. And a moisture or waterproof backing can help absorb liquids from pet accidents to help them from reaching the concrete or wood subfloor.

Remember to choose a carpet color or pattern that can help hide dirt particles and pet hair. To lengthen the life of your carpet, vacuum frequently to remove trapped pet dander and particles.

If your furry friend has a particular patch of carpet on which they like to lay, it’s best to place a pet bed in this location so that oils from your pet’s fur are not absorbed into the carpet, creating a soiled area.

Have any questions or want to check out your options in person? Visit one of Next Day Floor’s six Baltimore showrooms or schedule an at home appointment and we’ll bring samples to you.