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House pets such as cats and dogs can make great company, however they can also leave a mess behind. Even the most well behaved pets will often leave a trail of hair in their path, agitating allergies and looking untidy. There are however several things that can be done around the house to mitigate these problems.
Living With Pets: Top Tips On How To Keep Your Home Tidy
Choice of flooring
Wooden and laminate flooring is easier to maintain than carpet. It is easier to spot pet hairs on a hard floor than it is on a carpet, allowing them to be swept up before they have been trodden all over the house. With carpets, pet hairs can work their way in and become hidden, making it difficult to clean away, even with a vacuum cleaner.
It is also easier to clean wooden and laminate flooring should a pet that is not fully housetrained have an accident. Properly treated wood, or laminate flooring should not allow liquids to seep in, so there should be no stains or nasty smells once any mess has been cleaned up. Carpets absorb liquids and it can be tricky to clean any stains and smells.
Choice of furniture
When it comes to chairs and sofas, pet hairs are much less likely to stick to leather. Whilst some people will be nervous about their pet scratching a leather sofa, it is just as likely that they will cause a snag with their claws on a fabric sofa. As with hard floors, leather sofas are a lot easier to clean pet hairs from, as they just wipe away rather than get caught up within the fabric.
Limiting where pets are allowed
Many animals will come to learn which rooms they are and are not allowed in, and will obey these rules once they have been told a few times that they are not to go into certain rooms. Whilst this will often be enough, sometimes more extreme measures are required.
In houses a stair guard, similar to those used to stop small children from going up and down the stairs can be used to stop access to upstairs rooms for some pets, such as most dogs. For cats, and dogs with a tendency to jump over obstacles put in their way, keeping doors closed will prevent them from gaining access to rooms. This is a tactic that will also work in flats and bungalows, as well as for kitchens and other downstairs rooms where pets are not wanted.
The above suggestions are all ways of making it easier to live alongside a pet. Limiting the rooms the pets are allowed in is the easiest and cheapest solution, whilst changing the flooring and furniture are better left for when these things need doing anyway, or as a last resort if somebody in the household is suffering particularly badly from allergies.
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This article was written by Gordon Thegopher – a leading pets and homes blogger.