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Clean & Stylish Home for Pet Lovers

 

Having a stylish and pet-friendly home is not only a dream.

Having a stylish and pet-friendly home is not only a dream.

We adore our pets – they are joyful and faithful companions. But they really require a lot of time and efforts. You cannot just feed them (and walk them, if you are a dog owner) and expect them to be happy. You should also provide them with love, attention, and at last – but not least – clean and safe environment. Many believe that only people need and benefit from properly maintained home, but this isn’t true. Animals also suffer from all kinds of health problems (allergies, respiratory problems, rashes and other skin conditions), if living in poorly maintained place. So all pet lovers have the following task – to keep safe, clean, healthy and beautiful home.

 

Allowing your dog in the bedroom means more regular cleaning.

Allowing your dog in the bedroom means more regular cleaning.

Pet-Friendly Furniture Materials

When talking about upholstered furniture and pets you need to think of looks and most important – will you be able to clean it. This automatically excludes upholstery in light colours and patterns. Materials like linen and cotton are also poor upholstery choice too – they wear easy and are water sensitive, which makes them inappropriate for living with pets. Leather and microfibre are often concerned best for your home due their durability and the fact these materials are easy to clean and maintain. There are also special man-made fabrics, that are promoted like pet resistant. They are pre-treated with acrylic latex, but they cost almost the same as quality leather sofa and cannot be considered a green furniture choice.

Shelves for cats and books ... creative, beautiful and convenient!

Shelves for cats and books … creative, beautiful and convenient!

 

Stylish, Safe and Indestructible

These three words describe exactly what a pet owner need in his home. Fabrics and materials are not the only thing you should build your home interior around. For all cat lovers, getting cat tree furniture is highly recommended. Cats love climbing and hiding and are quite territorial animals so they usually love to use such furniture. But if you live in smaller house or apartment using specialised furniture can be inconvenient. You can use pet-friendly shelves instead and turn your library into wonderful cat tree. If you are afraid, that your playful furry friend can knock a vase or a precious figurine you can simply use products called museum wax or tacky wax is a adhesive which literally glues your things to the places they belong. Another thing you can do to create a safe home for your pets is to secure the cabling around your home. Your running dog can accidentally stumble on electrical cable and not only destroy a TV or other appliance but also to be seriously hurt.

Your dog is not so different than you - everybody loves to nap on the sofa!

Your dog is not so different than you – everybody loves to nap on the sofa!

 

Fur and Fabrics

Let’s face it – no matter how regularly you brush your pet there will always be a lot of fur to clean from around your home. The only solution to this is to minimise use of fabric in your place. Always prefer hard flooring instead of standard wall-to-wall carpeting, blinds, instead of curtains and cover your furniture, if your pets are allowed to climb on it. Another good idea is to keep your pet out of your wardrobe and bedroom. When you come home from work, change your clothes immediately and put them away. Don’t enter this pet-free room with the cloths you’re wearing everywhere else in your home. There will always be some pet hair to struggle with, but if you follow this tips it will be much easier.

Yep, pets are playful and sometimes they can make a HUUUUge mess!

Yep, pets are playful and sometimes they can make a HUUUUge mess!

 

Green Home Cleaning

 

In the end here is a piece of advice – never, ever use toxic chemicals for your home, if it’s not absolutely necessary. Your pets can be as harmed from harsh chemical as you can be, but the difference is, you can protect yourself and they can’t. Nowadays there are great environmentally-friendly and pet-safe products that can successfully substitute standard commercial cleaning products. Another thing you can do is to try making your own cleaning products – there are a lot of different recipes for literally any stain, smell, or contamination on the web. Before you reach for under-the-sink hardcore cleaning product, first try some DIY solution. If you need to call professional cleaning company, check if they use eco-friendly products – nowadays a lot of companies are turning to utilising safe green products.