How to Care For Your Floors When You Have Pets

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Although we love our pets, they can quickly ruin carpet, wooden floors, and sometimes even tiled floors. If you own one or more pets, there are some things you need to consider in order to properly care for your floors. You should think about the type of flooring you have installed, cleaning techniques, and even prevention and repair techniques.

Care For Your Floors Pet Friendly Floors

When you are installing flooring, you will need to keep your pet in mind and realize the impact they will have on the flooring.  If you have a cat, it is probably best to stay far away from carpeting, since they can use for sharpening their claws.  If you have a dog, you want something that can resist their drool, toenails, and playfulness.

The two most commonly used, pet friendly flooring solutions are vinyl and laminate flooring.  The vinyl flooring is easy to clean, comes in a wide variety of styles, and even has the added bonus of softening your pet’s toenails.  The laminate flooring is also extremely easy to clean, looks like natural hardwood, and is resistant to damage from pets.

Preventing Damage

The most important aspect of floor care includes the measures you take to prevent any damage that may be caused by pets.  This can include measures such as Scotch-Guarding your carpets or rugs and using wireless, indoor fences to restrict pet entry.  These systems will train the pet to avoid certain areas of the home where you install new flooring.  These preventative measures are especially useful when you want to protect carpets, rugs, and rooms with lots of glass or fragile objects.

In order to protect your laminate and hardwood flooring, you can use traditional cleaning methods and floor protecting paints and cleaners.  Keeping hardwood floors free of moisture by using moisture barriers and an invisible polyurethane coating can increase their lifespan significantly. Vinyl and tile flooring do not normally need any protective measures since they are designed for durability and longevity.

Cleaning Pet Urine

If you have a cat or a dog, one problem you will definitely have to deal with is cleaning up pet urine from your floors or carpets.  This is even truer when you are house-training a puppy or kitten since urination is one way in which they mark their territory; they often return to the same spot which can make stain removal even more challenging.  Sometimes the smell can be very ammonic, pungent, and very hard to get rid of.

If you happen to catch it early, the solution is as simple as wiping it up with a mop or cloth and some floor cleaner to remove the smell.  If it happens while you are away at work and has had time to evaporate, leaving the smell behind, you should consider using pet cleaning enzymes  which are specifically designed for the task.

Cleaning Pet Dander and Hair

Another issue you will face with both carpets and other types of flooring when you have pets is the issue of hair and dander.  While you cannot eliminate shedding, regular grooming or shaving during the hottest months of the year will keep it to a minimum.  Your best solution for dealing with pet hair and dander will be a high quality Hoover or Eureka Vacuum.  Many of these vacuums come with several different brush options for cleaning different areas of your home.

For carpeting, you need to be sure that the vacuum has a bristled brush that will rotate and dislodge any hair that may have been caught in the carpet fibers; for hardwood, vinyl, or laminate flooring, you should choose a softer brush that will not scratch or damage the floor.

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