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Old 08-14-2012, 12:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Basset folks,

We just moved into a house with all hardwood floors. I kind of miss the comfort of carpet a bit. So I am thinking about maybe getting an area rug, but I don't know if thats just a completely crazy idea with my Porter shedding like crazy all the time. Do you guys think if I get one of those pretty thin rug it would be ok? or maybe the carpet will absorb too much of the basset smell? hahaha my Porter can smell like stinky feet sometime. Any ideas on the type of material for the rug?

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Old 08-14-2012, 01:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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our area rugs feel like grass under my feet
so sometimes i pee on them
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I have hardwood floors and area rugs. I think they are easier to clean than carpeting (see thread about cleaning carpets.) They do tend to attract accidents.

I wouldn't get a wool one again. It sheds a lot and is hard to scrub if you do have to clean up a mess. Some of the commercial fresheners for getting pet odors out of furniture and carpet (Arm & Hammer, Febreze, etc) can not be used on wool.

We had these rugs before the dog, and if we end up having to replace them, I would not get solid colors with raised patterns (they really show the dirt and are hard to vacuum in the lower spots) and I would not get wool. I would get something cheap that I wouldn't feel bad about throwing out if I wasn't successful cleaning up pee and other messes. When our human kiddo was a toddler, we bought an area rug on sale at Walmart for about $25. After a couple of years, it was too gross to clean anymore, and we pitched it.
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This is the carpet cleaning thread I was talking about. I guess it's an old thread that someone revived today.

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Hi Basset folks,

We just moved into a house with all hardwood floors. I kind of miss the comfort of carpet a bit. So I am thinking about maybe getting an area rug, but I don't know if thats just a completely crazy idea with my Porter shedding like crazy all the time. Do you guys think if I get one of those pretty thin rug it would be ok? or maybe the carpet will absorb too much of the basset smell? hahaha my Porter can smell like stinky feet sometime. Any ideas on the type of material for the rug?

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We have rugs on floorboards - It's me, I love a good rug (and cushions). The girls love them - I don't think they like clicking around all the time. Especially right now with Izzy's recovery, it's very slippery so it's much more stable for her. Before you hoover mist the rugs with a solution of half white vinegar and half water is great for getting rid of any smell.
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Olive threw up on the one area rug we had. The smell never went away.


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Old 08-14-2012, 08:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I do area rugs. Accidents happen, so I buy cheaper ones and a bottle of resolve. They don't purposely go on them; they tend to throw up on them more than anything else. If you want a rug, then get one Just don't spend $200 on it.
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Our main living area is tiled floors. When Sophie had problems with the slippery nature of the floor, I bought a cheap area rug from Walmart (the stuff they advertise a dorm carpets). It caught the dust (hair) bunnies and made vacuuming a bit easier, but she also got incontenient with age. Ended up tossing it when she passed (haven't replaced it, may do so come winter since the tile floors are pretty cold). Also keep Resolve on hand and a steam cleaner!

I would never put down a "good" rug with Abby's renal problems (too many accidents). but I will put down Cheap stuff, I don't mind tossing.
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Hardwood floors here and we use a Navajo type blanket as a throw rug, easy to wash as the dogs eat their treats on it and roll around on it.
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