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Choosing the right flooring for your pets.

We don’t know if you've noticed, but we share a lot of love for pets, especially dogs! So much so, that we see them as being valued members of our family. Because we value them so much, we do our best to keep them in mind when renovating our homes. With this in mind, we thought we could share with you some of our tips for choosing flooring when you have pets in your home.

For many pet owners looking for new flooring there tends to be two priorities; durability and stain resistance. Having a carpet that us durable and tough is great if you have pets. Pets can seriously shorten the lifespan of your carpet, so finding something that is tough and hard wearing is key. Also, sourcing a carpet that has a high resistance to stains is extremely beneficial. As much as we love them, we can’t deny that our pets can often be mucky and well… accidents happen!

The decision we often help our customers to solve is; carpet or wood? Although wooden flooring may seem more practical at first, we’re going to take you through a few reasons why carpet could be the answer to your prayers.

As we said, our pets are a part of our family and we should take them into consideration whenever we change something in our home. This means we need take into account their comfort and it turns out they love soft, cosy carpet just as much as us! Wall-to-wall carpets are so much more comfortable for your pets and also help to absorb sound in the home, meaning you’ll hear less of them trotting around when you’re just trying to relax. It’s also been shown that having wall-to-wall carpets can help to trap allergens from the air, reducing how much it could affect you if you have any allergies (just make sure you hoover regularly!)

We’d recommend opting for a ‘cut pile,’ which means the yarn loops are cut to create a straight up yarn finish. This will ensure your pets don’t use your carpet as their scratching post, preventing them from catching their claws in the loops and permanently damaging the carpet, or hurting themselves. We’d also recommend selecting a Nylon carpet as it is the most durable and abrasion resistant fibre available. Nylon also doesn’t absorb moisture to the same degree Wool does, making it easier to clean and extremely stain resistant!

The second option, wooden flooring, is a great alternative. Easy to clean if accidents do happen, or you’re coming back from a long muddy walk, wooden flooring can be a true saviour. Although, don’t be fooled into thinking that wooden flooring is entirely stain resistant. Make sure you clean up stains as soon as possible to avoid any chance of the stains penetrating the wood. We recommend trying to find a wooden flooring that comes with a urethane coating to help protect it against accidents and improve its durability. Although it seems that wooden flooring would be a no brainer, you have to remember wooden floors can be extremely slippery. Pets often find themselves struggling to grip wooden flooring meaning there is just an accident waiting to happen! Also, wooden flooring may look nice, but they’re not the most comfortable of materials, so take this into account.

So, whether you’re going to choose plush carpets or hard wooden flooring, get in touch. We have extensive stock collections of both and are on hand to help you make the decision that is right for you and your pets!