How to Pick a Pet-Proof Carpet

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Many pet owners choose to put in hardwood flooring because they are anxious about the type of damage that their pet will cause to carpeting. This need for pet-proof carpets has inspired new products that keep a carpet attractive for a long time. Read on to learn how to pick a pet-proof carpet.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Choose a design that hides pet hair and stains. Dark solid colors have a tendency to show everything. If you have a pet that sheds, you need to get a speckled carpet in a neutral design to hide the hair.

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    Find a carpet that is manufactured specifically for pet owners. The makers of Pet Agree Carpet wanted to create a product that withstands any damage made by a pet. It is made from a material that traps liquids (pet urine) and stops it from soaking through to the carpet padding and floor below.

  3. 3

    Put down nylon carpeting. A carpet made from nylon is the strongest and most durable type. It is easy to clean and doesn't sustain long term damage from your pets.

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    Get a vacuum for pet owners to clean the carpet. Once you install your carpet, you should invest in a good vacuum to get rid of pet hair. Dyson's Animal Upright Bagless Vacuum for Pet Hair is a good choice.

  5. 5

    Use a carpet protector spray. Scotchgard and Hoover have sprays that are formulated to resist any stains.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are worried about damage to your carpet from a pet, you can always forbid the pet's entrance to the room. Put up gates or train a dog to not enter the room.
  • Look closely at your carpet's warranty. Very few warranties will cover damage that has been caused by pets.

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