The carpet, flooring, and furniture that can stand up to your dog or cat
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Fur-disguising carpet tiles
Many of FLOR’s carpet tiles are low-pile, so the likelihood of a toenail or claw catching on them is low, but we like the “House Pet” collection the best because it looks a little furry already, so stray hairs won’t be a big deal. Plus, if the carpet is stained, simply lift up and replace the damaged tile.
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Wall-to-wall carpet designed for pets
Typically, wall-to-wall carpet isn't particularly pet-friendly. But if it’s a look you like, we recommend Stainmaster’s PetProtect line. The carpets are made from a nylon that resists pet stains and orders and is solution-dyed, meaning the fibers are colored all the way to the core so it won’t fade if you pull out hydrogen peroxide-based cleaners. There are more than 200 styles to choose from, too.
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Fossilized bamboo flooring
If the warmth of a wood floor is what you want, try fossilized bamboo. Fossilized flooring is simply a treatment that increases the density of the material, making it harder to scratch or dent. Bamboo is one of the most sustainable flooring options since it’s regrows every 5-7 years, so this is a good choice for Fido and the planet.
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Easy to clean, won’t stain, won’t scratch—tiles are possibly the most worry-free flooring for pet-owners. And now, many companies offer tile with realistic hardwood patterns and textures. We like this blended style because it has enough variation to hide hairs.
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Fabric you can bleach
We’re huge fans of Sunbrella fabric and use it in almost all our outdoor projects at Sunset. Why? The fabric is made of solution-dyed acrylic so you can bleach it and the color won’t change. The fabrics are all indoor/outdoor so liquids simply pool on top until you soak them up. And they offer so many textures, patterns, and colors, you’ll have plenty of options for your upholstery and curtains. (Or a very fashionable pet bed!)
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Furniture manufacturer Joybird lets you shop their collection of affordable semi-custom sofas, chairs, and more by filtering for pet-friendly fabrics. Our tip: Match the upholstery to your pet’s fur if you can—even if they’re not allowed on the furniture. Stray hairs will be less noticeable.
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If pets are allowed on the furniture, another option is to use slipcover. When muddy paws appear, just remove and wash (with bleach, if it’s white). Use a similar strategy for your bed with cotton bedding that can take frequent washes on warm water.