A recent post in Housing Watch featured author Wendy Diamond who wrote “It’s a Dog’s World: the Savvy Guide to Four-Legged Living,” and in this post, she offers her tips on how to make a great place to live for both you and your pet.
Here, I reiterate them for you in a quick, simplified version. (To read the full article, click here)
Choose pet-friendly fabrics for your home. For couches and furniture, select fabrics that are durable and easy to clean such as microfiber or high quality leather.
Buy dark colored or washable materials. Patterns and dark colors more easily hide the appearance of pet hair or stains. It’s also a good idea to consider slip covers or throws to cover couches so that they can be tossed into the wash when they get dirty.
Practice regular pet hair removal. If your pet is a shedder, then be sure to keep a vacuum cleaner (ones made especially for pet hair) and a lint roller nearby. There are also other tools and sprays available for removing and preventing pet hair buildup.
Choose pet-friendly floors for your home. If you’ve got the choice, hard floors are optimal for pets, especially those that might have accidents because they are much easier to clean. But at the same time, be sure to choose resistant floors that won’t easily get scratched.
Stock up on pet-friendly cleaning products. Rather than choosing harsh chemicals, stick to environmentally friendly cleaners that won’t make your pet sick. Especially for floor cleaners since our pets’ noses are much closer to the floor.
Reconsider the plants that you have around your home. Many plants are poisonous to pets if ingested. When potting plants in your home or garden, be sure to check that they are pet-safe.
Keep your home smelling human-friendly. It’s good to do a full carpet clean once in a while to remove those lingering odors. Consider renting a carpet cleaning machine when the time is right to get those odors and dirt that your regular vacuum couldn’t.
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*Photo from Alissa B. via Trupanion’s Facebook page.