I’m a dog lover, but even I have to admit that not every dog-friendly home is human-friendly.
Decorating advice for dog-lovers
I recently read an article on decorating for a pet-friendly home, and the first three tips were enough to make even the most dedicated animal lover rethink the idea of having a pet: 1. No carpets. 2. No rugs. 3. Choose bare hard floors. Well, that’s depressing! Picture your lounge in the middle of winter – it doesn’t exactly sound warm and welcoming, does it?
Of course you can have carpets or rugs if you have pets. In fact, even if you have a new puppy! You just have to make sure you know what you’re doing.
If you’re not careful, animals can leave your entire house with an unmistakeable odour. But they don’t have to. And you don’t need to run around behind them with a can of air freshener either. You just need to make a couple of adjustments.
Design for your lifestyle
Decorators always advise that you design your home for your lifestyle, not the one you wish you had! So if you have small children, for example, you might decide that a glass coffee table with steel corners isn’t the best idea. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a coffee table. If you have pets, the same principle applies. A pure wool shaggy carpet might not be your best choice, but you can certainly have a carpet – even a soft, luxurious deep pile fitted carpet.
Choose the right carpet
If your pets are indoor pets, you need an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and non-porous carpet fibre. Because it’s the bacteria and microbes in animal urine and hair that cause the smell. And yes, there is such a thing – and you don’t need to remember the technical details. These carpets are designed to repel smells and stains caused by animals. Right now, there’s a reasonably comprehensive choice of textures, looks and feels. Obviously, popular colours are covered, and there’s everything from deep pile, to looped carpets to flat, woven carpets. We’ll keep updating the range too, so it will stay current with the all the latest trends.
The myth of the self-cleaning carpet
SDN fibres won’t absorb liquids or odours, but the carpets aren’t self-cleaning either. (Now that’s something we should look at!) So you still have to clean up any mess. But it’s as simple as mopping up the excess (I use a roller towel), cleaning with water and vacuuming.
Dealing with your existing carpets
If your carpets are already tainted with that wet-towel smell of old dog, it’s not going to be easy to fix it. You might try a professional steam clean, but if the underlay is an old-fashioned underfelt, you’re fighting a losing battle. Underfelt is a magnet for dirt, dust and dog-hair, and the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mould. And even a steam-clean isn’t going to fix that. But don’t be misled, you do need an underlay, just a modern, healthy version.
If your carpets smell a little stale but you have a proper non-absorbent underlay, a thorough clean should help, but you’ll probably have to do it on a regular basis.
Feel free to contact one of our branches and ask about carpets suitable for your pets.
by Shaeden Watson