The Best Carpets for Pets

By Gina Stewart

Whether you are remodeling or picking out carpet for a new home, pets can factor into a decision about which carpet to choose. The best carpets for pets are the ones that do not have loops on which to catch their nails. This could cause a tear in the carpeting, or tear a nail off the animal. There are several styles of carpeting that manufacturers recommend for multiple dogs and cats and high traffic areas. There also are different degrees of stain resistant carpets to help protect against accidents.

Nylon Frieze Carpet

Nylon frieze carpeting is recommended for both dogs and cats because it has a tightly twisted tuft that is higher than most other carpets. This is a high-quality carpet and it will need to be vacuumed more often to keep it clean. Although a little extra maintenance is required, the carpet's durability is the payoff; this product should still be going strong after 10 years of wear and tear.

Soil-Resistant Carpet

Stain-resistant carpet is good, but soil resistant carpet is even better. Pets bring in dirt every time they return from outside. A carpet that keeps the dirt on top so it can easily be vacuumed is a good one to consider. If you are worried about stains as well as dirt, have a moisture protection pad installed between the carpet and the padding.

Wool Carpet

Wool is naturally stain-resistant. Wool is considered "hydrophobic," which means it wicks and resists moisture. It is important to clean up any spills or pet accidents immediately when the liquid "pools" on top of the carpet fibers. When doing this, be careful not to push the liquid into the carpet.

Triexta Carpet

This carpet is made of a synthetic fiber or a new brand of polyester. It was recently given the green light by the Federal Trade Commission as a safe product. It is has a softer texture, is highly stain resistant like wool, and is extremely durable. The stain resistance is similar to wool because, unlike typical stain resistant carpeting that has the resistant coating sprayed on top of it, the Triexta has the stain resistance built in to the fibers.

Carpet Squares

Carpet squares are gaining popularity with pet owners because they are similar to tiles. When a dog or cat has an accident, simply pick up the one or two tiles and replace them. Many people think of the carpet squares found in industrial strength for high-traffic offices and schools; these are similar, only a better quality and style. They are highly cost-effective because a homeowner can install them herself.