Choosing the right rug for your lifestyle can be a challenge - even more so for pet owners! One of the most common questions we are asked is: is worth buying that beautiful rug when I have an indoor pet? The answer is YES!
We've put together a guide to help you choose the perfect pet friendly rug for your home.
When buying pet friendly rugs, choosing the right material is key. We suggest opting for a durable, stain resistant fibre such as wool or polypropylene.
Wool - Wool is stain resistant and durable making it an ideal choice for pet owners. Naturally coated in lanolin, wool rugs stop dirt and stains from penetrating the fibres making them easy to clean.
Polypropylene - Polypropylene is a synthetic fibre that is easy to clean and is incredibly durable. Polypropylene rugs are stain and odour resistant and can stand up to the wear and tear of even the most playful of pets.
While wool rugs have many benefits for pet owners, it is important to be mindful that certain styles, such as chunky or braided wool rugs are more at risk of little claws getting caught and pulling on or breaking fibres, potentially damaging your rug. We recommend choosing a low pile rug with a simple construction.
To reduce wear and tear ensure that your pets nails are regularly trimmed.
It may be difficult for a playful pet to resist chewing on tassels or fringes - so this is another thing to keep in mind!
While not essential, choosing a rug that is a similar colour to your pet will help disguise those stray pet hairs between cleans.
Choosing a colour or pattern that will hide the odd dirty mark between cleans can also be a good idea. For some interesting patterns that might work well with pets have a look at our abstract rugs collection.
With pets (and kids!) accidents are bound to happen. Clean up any spills as quickly as possible to prevent any liquids from absorbing into the rug.
We recommend vacuuming your rug regularly (including the base) to ensure that dirt, dust and pet hairs don't become trapped in the fibres. Learn more about caring for your rug here.
And finally, it is important to keep in mind that no rug is 100% pet proof - so biting and scratching may still cause damage to your rug.
If you have any questions or would like help selecting a pet friendly rug contact us.
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