If you’re looking to bring a furry friend into your life, you may be wondering what you can do to keep your home looking clean and chic while avoiding banishing your pet to the backyard. Don’t fret because you can have a home that is both beautiful for you and accommodating to your pet’s needs. Read below for the steps you will need to take so the both of you can enjoy the comfort and pleasures of your home.
- Think like a toddler
What qualities does your cat or dog share with a toddler? For most, they may share a similar height, activity level, dependency, and curiosity for their environment. If your home isn’t already childproof, take a look around for things that could potentially cause problems. If it helps you can also try crawling around the home on your hands and knees to see from your pet’s perspective. You will want to search for hazards such as loose wires, unstable furniture, and small areas your pet could get stuck in. Read more on petproofing your home here by Design Sponge.
- Look for items that will withstand wear and tear
After you’ve found and dealt with any potential hazards to your pet’s safety, you will want to make sure your furniture and accessories are stain-resistant and hardy to an active pet life. Most fabrics are a magnet for pet fur so you may want to avoid delicate fabrics that require specific cleaning instructions. Pets have accidents as frequently as small children, so look for fabrics that are nearly indestructible and could easily be tossed in the washing machine. If you want a texture option other than plain cotton pillows, you can also look into fabrics such as twill, leather, and ultrasuede, all of which are easy to clean.
As for decorating accessories, first consider where your pet may walk. If you have a dog, look for items that have a sturdy base or items that could survive getting knocked over a few times. With cats, be aware that your cat may want to jump on top of bookcases or climb into drawers. If you have a prized antique keepsake, you will want to keep it out of reach of the cat or behind a glass case.
- Opt for hard floors
While you may dream about having wall-to-wall carpeting in your home, that is not an entirely reasonable option with pets. They are not only a beacon for accidents but also attract fur and absorb odors. Carpeting can be difficult to clean and, depending on the severity of an accident, may require replacement in the near future. Instead, you will want to choose a hard floor surface, such as tinted concrete, wood, or tile. Accidents can be easily mopped up and the floors are more resistant to your pet’s toe nails scraping the floors during a 3AM run.
- Practice good grooming
Once you do bring your pet home, incorporate regular bathing and grooming to your schedule to help keep your home clean. This includes brushing your pet’s coat daily to remove loose fur and trimming nails to prevent scratching. While you don’t have to bathe your pet daily, or even weekly, do wash them every few weeks to remove dirt and grime from their coats.
- Clean and vacuum often
In addition to practicing good grooming on your pets, cleaning your home on a regular basis is key to preventing pet hair, dander, and odors from accumulating on your furniture. We recommend that you vacuum and dust all surface areas twice weekly—don’t forget those small areas under couches and in corners!