Dog owners face a dilemma when it comes to flooring. Should you get hard surface floors or carpets?
It’s easy to vacuum, mop and wax hard surface floors such as hardwoods. And, they usually do not stain easily. However, dog paws can easily scratch hardwood floors. And, hardwoods can be dangerous for dogs because of their slippery surface.
Carpeting is very comfortable for dogs. Carpeting also has noise cancelling properties for your home. However, carpeting acts as a highly absorbent filter. So, it will attract all the soiling that your dog contributes to your home.
There really is no way to prevent your dog from getting your carpet dirty.
Dogs run around outside (sometimes in the mud!) and they have no problem running back into your house and around the carpeting. This can be a problem because, day after day, your canine friend is moving around your house, depositing small soils into the carpet just by walking on it.
Dogs also, by instinct, like to lay down in particular spots. It’s almost like a territorial thing. You may notice that your dog consistently lays down in one particular area in each room. You will also notice, upon inspection, that these areas on the carpets will likely have a slight discoloration to them. This is because your dog’s body oils get absorbed into the carpet over time.
The same thing happens with humans; think of your couch or upholstered chairs. Do you see faint or obvious signs of bodily oils?
Perhaps the most notorious and problematic thing dogs can do to a carpet is urinate on them. Dogs love to mark their territory and, if they are not trained, they will continue to urinate in the same spots, over and over again.
Urine that hits your carpeting can be problematic. Urine leaves behind nasty odors. It also
soaks the carpeting all the way to the backing and padding, which can contribute to bacterial and microbial growth.
Dogs also have a tendency to do strange things to your carpets. Some dogs will drag their behinds across surfaces, including your carpeting (how rude!) when they have irritations. If your dog has any residual fecal matter on their rear, guess where that is ending up? Yes, right in your carpeting.
Dogs, just like humans, will inevitably get sick. Unlike humans, they will not run to the bathroom to save the carpeting! The stomach acid in vomit can harm and stain your carpet. Also, many dog foods contain food dyes which can also stain your carpet.
What can you do to help your carpet if you experience any of these doggy related challenges?
To prevent soiling from your dogs paws, wipe them before your dog enters your home. This will cut down tremendously on the amount of dirt, mud, and other substances that dogs track into the carpet from the outside world.
You may not be able to keep your dog from lying in the same spot on the carpet every day. But, you can reduce your dog’s body oils by bathing them regularly. Routine baths remove body oils that will end up wherever your dog lies.
To prevent complications from doggy vomit, feed your dog natural dog food or dog food that does not contain dyes. These dyes have the potential to create intense, and sometimes permanent, stains.
If your dog is still going through potty training, you can purchase training pads and place them strategically around your house. These pads look kind of like large, square diapers. Dogs have a tendency to use the pads instead of the carpet once they have urinated on the pads.
As you know, your dog has a very keen sense of smell. When they urinate on your carpet, they’ll be able to smell it for a long time afterwards, even if you have treated it yourself. The urine likely soaked through the carpet into the padding. A trained carpet cleaning technician can remove these odors with special solutions and a sub-surface tool that rinses not only the carpeting, but the padding as well.
There are plenty of ways to limit or mitigate the disasters your loveable canines can bring to your beautiful carpeting! Even with all of this, dogs will make owning clean carpeting a challenge. Routine vacuuming and professional cleaning with hot water extraction are crucial to bringing your carpeting back to life after prolonged soiling from dogs.