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How to keep your carpets clean with pets

Tara Hall by Tara Hall

Sharing your home with pets mean be an on-going battle to keep things tidy, so cleaning up after your furry friends regularly is a must. Thankfully there are lots of things you can do to minimise mess and keep your carpets looking lovely.

Choose the right type of carpet
If you have a pet living in your home and you’re thinking about getting a new carpet, choosing the right type of carpet is important.

  • Pick a pile which is well-suited to pets. Twist carpet has a low pile which is easier to clean, while a loop carpet can be easily snagged by your pet’s claws.
  • Choose a stain resistant carpet, which will make dealing with ‘little accidents’ much easier.
  • Consider the colour of your carpet in relation to the colour of your pet. Pick a shade that will disguise pet hair, rather than allowing it to stand out.


Minimise the dirt coming into your home
As well as shedding their hair, pets bring dirt into the home on their paws. Both can build up and work its way deep into your carpets. But there are some preventative steps you can take.

  • Groom your pet regularly. This will pick up a lot of the loose hair that could otherwise find its way onto your carpet.
  • Muddy paw prints can play havoc with your carpets, so keep a cloth at the door to clean your pet’s paws after a walk.
  • Use runners or matting at the entrance to your home to intercept any surplus dirt before it is trodden into your carpets.

Your regular carpet cleaning routine
It’s almost impossible to completely rid your home of pet dirt but a regular cleaning routine will help care for your carpets and keep them looking their best.

  • Vacuum your carpets regularly. This stops the dirt from building up and becoming engrained in the pile.
  • Pet hair and dirt isn’t just confined to your carpets, so vacuuming your furniture and upholstery regularly will help prevent it spreading.
  • Invest in a pet hair vacuum, which is specifically designed for the job in hand.
  • Use the tooling on your vacuum to get into the hard-to-reach areas of your home where dirt can gather.