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Best ways to protect your floors when you have pets

By Andrew Bell

Homeownership is something that many people strive to achieve, and once you have, you want to protect your investment as best as you can. This can be difficult, especially when you have furry little friends running around! Of course, we love our pets, but they can take a toll on your home, and that includes your flooring.

Here are some of our best tips about how to protect your floors when you have pets.

What to look for when choosing flooring

If you have the choice to pick flooring, there are some things that you should consider. Durability is one of the most important factors, whether it's hardwood floors or carpet. Specifically, look for something that is resistant to being wet and getting stained. In addition, the flooring should be something that is simple to clean, and not require a special sort of product to protect the flooring.

The value of durable floors

When it comes to choosing what your floors will be made out of, there are plenty of options. From hardwood to linoleum and carpet, the choices are seemingly endless. But, if you have a pet or are planning on getting one in the future, you might choose something that is more durable. Here are some options that are easy to clean, and hold up to wear and tear well. 

  • Vinyl
  • Linoleum hardwood
  • Laminate
  • Tile
  • Pet-friendly carpet

You'll want something that not only withstands the clicking of a dog's toenails but also repetitive cleaning.

Use the right cleaning products

Even the best dogs and cats have accidents sometimes, and the effect can be harsh on your flooring. Using the right cleaning products can save your floors from wear that breaks down the material with tough cleaners. Use a product that is effective at disinfection, but not too severe on the materials. Some chemicals can be grating on your floors, increasing the chance you'll replace them sooner. Here are some common ingredients that you should avoid in your floor cleaners:

  1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS).
  2. Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES).
  3. Monoethanolamine.
  4. Ammonia.

The best thing to do is to consult with the contractor that installed the floors and ask what they recommend when it comes to cleaning them. The truth is that every flooring material may have a different requirement and the company that put them in would know best.

Homeownership requires upkeep and maintenance in order to conserve the investment in top condition. Sometimes, you may even want to make upgrades, which could benefit your pet-friendly floors.

Are you and your furry buddy ready to find your next home? Ray White Surfers Paradise is here to guide you through the process. Reach out today to get started.

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