RL Tips: Pet-Friendly Flooring
Easy-to-clean floors are a must when you have furry friends at home
Keeping your home beautiful can be a challenge when you have furry and feathered friends as housemates. Given the hot season, some pets prefer to stay indoors, safe from the harsh rays of the sun. While it's okay to play with them in the living area or bedroom, it's still important to keep the house clean.
Here are handy hints to help you choose the right flooring for a pet-friendly space.
Avoid laminated wood flooring.
Laminates are unable to withstand frequent exposure to large pools of liquid, like dog urine. Some types of laminated wood flooring have shown unattractive swelling and peeling after years of doggie peeing accidents.
Choose ceramic tiles with low porosity.
These are easy to clean and your dogs will surely appreciate the cool surface during these hot summer days.
Steer away from carpeted floors unless your pets are properly trained.
The thought of a major cleanup alone, both from fur and toilet accidents, should be enough to dissuade you.
Use natural cleaners.
“Sprinkle baking soda on furniture and carpets, then leave for ten minutes before vacuuming. For hard surfaces, mix one part vinegar with one part water, and then mop. Endure the vinegar smell for a short while; it will eventually go away along with the bad pet odor," shares designer Issa Villar.
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