I loathe carpet. As a long-time renter, I have always been willing to pay more for a place with hardwoods. My dislike of the fuzzy floor covering stems partly from the horrendous green shag of my childhood home — it was the ‘70s — but mostly from the fact that I have two dogs. Carpet traps hair and dander like no other flooring.
Area rugs also pose a problem. If your dogs are anything like mine, they head straight for the softer surface anytime an upset stomach needs emptying. By all means, Dolly, throw up on the spot-treat-only rug instead of the more easily cleaned floor.
It should come as no surprise now when I tell you that our current home had neither carpet nor area rugs until recently, when the folks at Ruggable pitched us their product. We usually only review pet-specific items, but I immediately saw the potential of this floor covering for those of us with dogs in the home.
Each Ruggable comes with two pieces: a machine-washable fabric top and a water-resistant, non-slip rug pad. You simply lay the top over the bottom, and it all stays put.
We’ve had a Ruggable in the kitchen now for about a month. I’ve washed it twice and vacuum it weekly. Simply put: I love this floor covering. It gives me a soft-padded place to stand when I cook, and Spot prefers it to the hardwoods for napping. When it gets dirty, I just toss it in the wash!
Sold at Ruggable.com and select Lowe’s, JoAnn’s Fabric, and Sears, sizes are 2.5 by 7 feet, 3 by 5 feet, 5 by 7 feet, and 8 by 10 feet. The top and bottom layers are sold separately, which means I will be able to update the look without having to buy the entire system again. I opted for the solid chenille rich grey runner, but a variety of other solid and patterned colors are available, including a perfectly fine shag in winter white. Prices range from $49.99 (top) and $29.99 (bottom) for the 3-by-5-foot Ruggable to $199.99 (top) and $99.99 (bottom) for the 8-by-10-foot size.
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About the author: Longtime journalist Pamela Mitchell loves dogs, so much so that she made them her day job in 2014 by joining Dogster.com as Senior Editor. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her sweet and stinky Boston Terriers, Dolly and Spot. Read more of her writing on Dogster.