Is it possible to have pets in the house and nice flooring?
Absolutely! Nice floors and pets can definitely coexist. All it takes is a bit of preparation and good habits on your part. Check out what you need to know about pets and flooring with our helpful advice below.
1. Choose the Right Kind of Flooring
The kind of flooring you choose will have a huge impact on how compatible it is with your furry friends. Some people might lean towards hardwood flooring, thinking that it is easy to clean. Unfortunately, it also scratches rather easily and isn’t compatible with sharp nails on little paws pattering across your floor.
Carpeting is a comfy flooring option many people have in their homes. It can be a magnet for fur, but you can spot clean it easily with a cleaner like Carpetaid+ or a mixture of vinegar and water. If you do have carpet or install new carpet with pets, keep that in mind.
The best options are luxury vinyl planking, luxury vinyl tile, or porcelain tile floors. These are all hard types of flooring, making it easy to sweep up hair and wipe up accidents. Plus, they are durable enough not to scratch easily.
2. Roll Up Area Rugs
It’s common for people in homes with hard surface flooring to use area rugs as a way to make certain spots cozier. However, don’t forget that your pet will find those area rugs cozier as well.
When your pet comes indoors, they’ll make a beeline for your nice comfy rug. An easy way to avoid this is to simply roll up your rugs when you let your pets inside.
Of course, you don’t want to leave fluffy without a comfy place to sleep. Set out a blanket or pet bed for your pet to lay on. Once they become accustomed to this being “their spot”, you usually won’t have to roll up your rugs anymore.
3. Spot Cleaning
Of course, there will be the inevitable mess when your pet tracks in a bit of mud or has an accident on the floor. Knowing how to clean up spills quickly to avoid stains will keep your floor in tiptop shape for years.
On hard surfaces, it’s pretty simple. Just wipe or sweep up the mess as quickly as possible. Porcelain tile or luxury vinyl planking generally will not stain. However, if the mess is left for a long period of time, it may be more difficult to remove all traces of the accident.
For spot cleaning, Carpetaid+ or a mixture of white vinegar and water works well. Again, clean the spot as quickly as possible for easier removal.
Interested in New Flooring?
Are you feeling like your tired floors could use a bit of perking up? Have a chat with one of our flooring specialists! We can help you pick the perfect flooring that will make every member of your family (including the furry ones) feel relaxed and welcome in your home.