I love my dog (she’s definitely one of my favorite family members), but if you’re also a pet owner, you probably already know how messy your house can get. These four-legged friends leave their mark with pet hair, stains, footprints, and what not? From a pet owner's point of view, here are a few tips to keep your floors, walls, and furniture as clean as possible, while adjusting your home to your pet’s needs.
Choose the right flooring
Try to avoid polished planks or tiles as they can be very slippery, especially for an old pet. Hardwood floor is also something to avoid because it’s hard to keep clean from puddle stains. If possible, go for a hard-surface floor that is easier to clean and feels cooler during the hot summer days. Such flooring includes ceramic tiles, painted concrete or laminate flooring. Also, be sure to trim your pet’s nails on a regular basis, to avoid them from scratching the floor.
Place an area rug for a variety of purposes!
To be on the safe side, you can add a slip-proof area rug or a rubber mat for extra protection against slipping, claws marks and stains. Not only will it enhance the beauty of your space, but it will also be the perfect, comfy spot for your pet to nap. You can go for an area rug with a colorful pattern that draws the attention from dirt or stains. You should definitely avoid a wall-to-wall carpet, it requires more maintenance as it can’t be picked up for cleaning.
Go for pet-friendly fabrics
It’s best to avoid any furniture covered in velvet, chenille or tweed, as they attract pet hair. Delicate fabrics, like silk, are also something to keep out because your pet can easily scratch and ruin it. If you must use it, go for a window treatment that your pet can’t reach. Better fabrics are Crypton, denim, canvas or Ultrasuede. Try matching the colors of these fabrics to your pet’s fur, so their hair won’t be visible.
Paint it right!
You’ve probably noticed that your cat or dog likes to rub up against the walls when passing by, and they also tend to spray drool, leave smudges or scratch the walls. So it’s better to avoid flat-finish paint or beautiful wallpapers in the rooms they tend to visit most. Instead, go for semi-gloss wall paint, satin or eggshell finishes or a washable paint, for easy wiping.
Create a special spot
The perfect spot for your pet should be spacious enough for them to play with their toys. Make this space safe by keeping out edgy furniture or breakable objects. If your pet spends most of the time at home, be sure to provide a window view overlooking the street. If the window is open, install screens or bars for extra safety. Treat them to a soft and comfy bed that ensures a supportive sleep surface. You can even choose a stylish bed that complements your decor!
- Be prepared. Keep your cleaning products and rags in reach, just in case your pet piddles or barfs on your furniture or carpet.
- Place a throw on the furniture your pet usually likes to lounge on.
- Protect your bed with duvet covers that can be removed and washed regularly or whenever you share your bed with your pet. Cover your mattress with a thick, moisture-resistant pad.
- Prefer couches and chairs that have exposed legs.
- If you use window treatments, go for short drapes that don’t pool on the floor.
- Wipe your pet’s paws whenever your return from a walk outside, to protect your furniture and floor from stains and dirt.
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