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Water proofing area rug to protect laminate flooring from pet?

We just got laminate flooring. It's tongue and grove and looks like shiny cherry wood. We have a 5x7 area rug in the middle of the floor, it's just a simple flat maroon area rug bought from Walmart. Is there anything I can place underneath the area rug that won't scratch the flooring and that will keep pet stains from seeping through to the laminate flooring. I have a 16 year old dog and he pees everywhere and for some reason he's fond of area rugs. I've pulled the carpet up to find that the pee has seeped through. Also because of the seepage I'm afraid of thoroughly cleaning the soiled area, such as with a carpet cleaner, because of the cleaners seeping down to the laminate.Thanks.

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Hey Melissa, I am a flooring associate from The Home Depot, and I answered a post on here not too long ago about area rugs. I would say for your money and time the best things to get are buying a carpet (NOT rug) pad from your nearest home improvement center that has a moisture barrier. Almost all carpet pads and rug pads are not going to waterproof, but make sure to buy one with a moisture barrier. It looks like a red or blue film on the backside of the pad. At least with Home Depot, you can come in and we can cut it into a size that fits as close to your 5x7. That way, when your dog has an accident, the pad can capture that without ruining your new laminate flooring. To make sure the rug stays down, buy double sided rug traction tape, again found at your local home improvement store. Use it only in corner areas, since you may need to clean the pad periodically due to the dog. The traction tape ensures that the rug and pad won't slide around. Lastly, consider using spray Scotch-Guard on your area rug. It's a easy and great way to capture his messes before it soaks into the rug completely. Scotch-Guard just sprays on and it can be reapplied after several cleanings. Doing the moisture barrier carpet pad, traction tape, and Scotch-Guard will protect your rug and more importantly your laminate flooring. Hope this helps, aboveaveragejoe
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Hi - We have laminate (tongue and groove as well) and we have a new puppy who isnt house broken yet and is fond of rugs, why is that? Anyway, what we bought some of those pee pads and put them underneath the area rugs. If it seeps through then it hits the pee pad and we can remove it and replace it with a clean one - once we wash the spot of course. I put a little double sided tape between the back of the pee pad and the floor to hold it in place. So far that has seemed to work.
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