If you own both a pet and a rug, chances are good that the former will damage the latter. The reason for this is that your dog or cat isn’t aware of the harm they’re causing when it makes a stain or scratch on your brand new or antique rug. Therefore, it’s hard to get too mad at them.
Instead, the goal should be to prevent your pets from scratching, chewing or otherwise damaging your rug. That may not always be possible, and in such cases a rug repairing professional will need to intervene. But with some helpful info about various types of pet damage, you can potentially decrease your rug repairing and rug restoration expenses and still be on good terms with your four-legged friend.
Stains caused by urine and feces are a common obstacle for pet and rug owners. After all, your dog or cat will likely have to use the bathroom several times a day and may see your rug as an inviting target. Aside from the ick factor of rug cleaning up after your pet, you’ll want to minimize the damage as soon as possible in order to prevent the colors of the rug from bleeding or fading. In the short term, a spot cleaner should do the trick but we advise getting a professional rug washing so that long-term damage doesn’t occur.
Scratches on rugs occur because animals are attracted to how comfortable they feel (this would explain why you often find them taking naps there). Pulling at the fibers of a rug with their paws or teeth can also be a welcome distraction from their humdrum lives. And watch out if you own a plush, high pile rug! At least with high pile rugs you can cut off the frayed ends. However, with most other types of rugs, you may need to contact a professional rug repairer.
Chewing on rugs is a frequent problem for pet owners, particularly when their pets are young. Many puppies and kittens chew and lick your rugs because of their curiosity with strange surfaces—it certainly isn’t because your rugs taste good! Your best bet is to steer them away from this habit early so that you don’t end up with worn out spots in your rugs.
Finally, shedding can be a nuisance you’ll have to deal with if you have a pet and a rug in the same house. While most pet hair can be vacuumed up, it’s still a good idea to get your rug washed on a regular basis to rid it of deep-set debris and dirt.
Overall, the best recommended course of action is keeping your pets away from your rugs as much as possible. Gently discourage them from treating your rug as their space—that way, you won’t have to worry about them becoming too attached and doing damage. Another suggestion is keeping your antique or expensive rugs locked away so that your pets can’t get to them.
If all else fails, you can always take your stained, scratched, chewed up or otherwise soiled rug to the professional carpet cleaning experts at Bagdad Oriental Rugs!