Having pets can make a house become a home, but they can also turn a home into a zoo if they start to rule the roost. After time, the damage pets cause can reduce the value of your home. There are many ways to “pet proof” your home to create a space where you and your pets can live cohesively. Here are some of the biggest issues (and how to solve them) that homeowners run into when having pets.
Whether you have a cat or a dog, shedding will likely be the bane of your existence. It can sometimes feel like you will forever be following your pet around with a vacuum cleaner. There are some preventative measures you can take when it comes to your pets shedding. Natural pet shampoos help to release your pet’s undercoat which is where most of the shedding comes from. Brushing your pet helps shedding as the fur is collected on the brush instead of all over your floors! There will inevitably be some shedding so the best way to clean hardwood floors is to use a dust mop instead of a vacuum. Sprinkling baking soda over the carpet before vacuuming can help to loosen hair.
Having a young puppy is like having a newborn baby at home. They are energetic, bouncy and will get into anything and everything. The best way to protect your home and your pet is to baby proof your home. Here are the biggest problems and solutions for chewing:
- Chewing on electrical cords: This can be dangerous for animals (especially cats) so it’s a good idea to have a containment system for all your electrical cords.
- Getting into cupboards: Put safety locks on your kitchen and bathroom cabinets so cheeky little pets can’t get their paws in there.
- Destroying property (shoes, furniture, etc.): The “KONG” toy is the most durable toy on the market-- your sneakers will thank you!
As hard as you may try, your beautiful hardwood floors are no match for the sharp claws of pets running around the house. Try to keep claws as short as possible to avoid deep scratches. But, if your pet bolts across your hardwood at the first sight of a squirrel and leaves pesky scratches behind, try this:
First, vacuum the floor to remove all dirt and debris. Then spray the area with a cleaner and use a microfiber cleaning pad to scrub the scratches. Lastly, apply an oil refresher (depending on the type of floor that you have). If the scratches are still visible, sand the area with very fine sandpaper and then apply oil.