Pet owners love their animals and some go with the philosophy that the bigger the dog, the more love and joy it gives you. If you have a large breed dog, but you also have carpet in your home, it may be a constant battle between loving your furry friend and lamenting what they do to your carpet. Luckily, there are easy ways to make your large dog and your carpet coexist peacefully.
The first thing to consider is the type of carpeting for your home. Some of you may not be able to pick brand new carpeting, so don’t worry, there’s more advice to come. For those who are looking to replace existing carpet or install the first time, there are some things you’ll want to look for. Don’t go cheap with your carpet choice. Some owners may be tempted to install a less expensive option with the idea of replacing it sooner. Cheap carpeting is cheap quality and will wear down faster under your big dog than your timeline for replacement would allow.
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It’s always a better idea to buy quality that lasts. Look for short pile (pile is the name for the fibers of the actual carpet) and materials that are more resistant to stains and odors. Nylon and polyester are good general options and some brands have proprietary styles with these features. Avoid berber carpet which is made of looped pile. This can catch your dog’s claws and tear and fray. You also want to look for dense pile since loosely gathered fibers have more room to be matted down under the weight of your large fur baby. You can also consider adding tile to your entryways or hallways instead. This leaves areas for your dog to be messy that are much easier to clean up than carpet.
If you already have existing carpet and you need to protect it from your pets, it’s time to get on the cleaning train. The weight of your pet can mat down carpet and any sudden accidents (think the three P’s—pee, poop, puke) can leave stains and odors that are hard to remove. Start with a simple vacuuming schedule to pick up the majority of pet hair, dander, and dragged in dirt.
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Don’t forget to dust afterward as many vacuums kick some dander into the air and this spreads around your home. Cleaning the vacuum filter and brush head thoroughly can improve the quality of clean you get. If your vacuum doesn’t seem to be winning the battle against your large dog, then consider investing in a small handheld vacuum. Some are specifically marketed to pet owners and the prices won’t break the bank. Handheld vacuums are useful for getting those hard to reach spots like your carpeted stairs or behind heavy furniture.
Clean up any accidents immediately. Sure it may be inconvenient to take a break from whatever important task you were doing, but it’s worse to let that stain stand. Make sure any products you use are pet-friendly or consider natural cleaning products like baking soda and lemon. The quicker you clean up messes, the less work you’ll have to do later.
When in doubt, have a professional clean your carpets. Sometimes a thorough shampooing is what your carpets need after the stress of your big dog. Call Sears Clean for a full carpet spruce up. Heated steam treatments pull existing stains and odors out while a protective coating reduces absorption of future stains.
Another good defense for your carpeting is strategic placement of area rugs. Hall runners or rugs under places where your dog frequently rests or plays can make life easier. Most rugs can be picked up and thrown in the wash if your dog has an accident on it. Dark colored rugs will hide stains and patterned rugs will hide shedding fur that gets stuck in fibers. Use a short-pile rug in a resistant material. Look too at outdoor rugs which are great at absorbing mud and moisture from your dog’s paws.
Large dog owners will tell you that there is nothing quite like the love a big dog can bring, but if you don’t love the way your carpets are standing up to the stress of your dog, it may be time to call in the professionals to help clean or replace your carpet and Sears Clean can help.