|Wood floors are OK for small pets!|
Floors: Wall to wall carpeting makes it tough to stay on top of cleanliness. Fur, pet oils and body fluids, get trapped within the carpet creating a breeding ground for odors and bacteria. Consider using area rugs that compliment your decor. You can easily clean under them, so nothing gets trapped below the carpet; a pattern might help hide stains. It’s less expensive to clean or replace an area rug than to replace a room full of carpet. Since pets track in muck after being outside, installing tile in entries, rooms where litter boxes reside, and areas where your pet loves to sleep is ideal for durability and maintenance. Keeping a door mat outside the door will also help trap debris before entering. Utilizing a small cupboard, closet, bench or other piece of furniture to hide pet leashes, pet wipes, doggy treats and other pet essentials, keeps your home clean and organized. Wood floors are OK if you use the proper species...hardwoods are rated on a scale. Know the coating or finish and select a floor that will look better as it ages!
Walls: Consider the texture of your walls if you have pets that roam freely. A highly textured wall will act as a magnet for pet fur when your cat or dog rubs against it. Choose a scrubbable matte finish - like those from Benjamin Moore - which are easier to clean and less likely for fun to stick to. While sheen paints, satin, eggshell and semi-gloss, seem like good choices, if you have to touch up anywhere, it will be more obvious than a flat or matte finish paint.
Fabrics: You may be in love with gorgeous silk bedspreads or drapes, but cats will think nothing of shredding the fabric to pieces. Mine are attracted to the scent and lick it. Select pet-friendly colors - the same as your pet - and fibers like cotton/polyester blends and Crypton, that fur won't stick to and won’t attract your pet to use it as a scratch post or a chew toy. Tapestry and other heavy woven fabrics can work well but beware of too much texture since they can be claw 'magnets' and will pull. If you just can’t part with a favorite piece of furniture – think slip covers.
|Crypton makes dog friendly fabrics & patterns.|
Furniture: Wood, wicker, rattan and sisal might serve as a teething toy for your new puppy, whereas metal or chrome will keep them searching for another source. When you need a quick solution, cover pieces with fleece throws that are generally inexpensive and easy to wash.
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|Conceal that litter box for best aesthetics.|