We are a nation of pet lovers, but sharing our homes with furry friends can create challenges when it comes to maintaining hygiene and cleanliness.
Research carried out by the PMFA indicates that almost 25% of UK homes have a dog. While our canine companions offer us love and comfort, their muddy paws, moulting fur, slobbery jaws and excitable temperaments can be less favourable for our interiors. There are ways, however, to pet-proof your homes, or at least your flooring, against the mess that pets can create. Here are just a few pet-friendly flooring solutions for keeping your home clean.
Traditional cork flooring isn’t to everyone’s taste, but a new, innovative product known as Vi-plank cork flooring combines all of the benefits of cork while maintaining the desirable aesthetics of hardwood. The product is easy to clean, scratch resistant and will withstand lots of wear. It’s also sound proof, meaning that clattering claws will no longer be a problem either.
Bamboo is a great eco-friendly flooring solution for all homes, but even more so if you have pets in the house. It is exceptionally durable, as it is harder than most wood, and also resists scratches easily. It is very easy to keep clean and is less likely to become permanently damaged by stains or fluid than other flooring options.
For areas of the house where wooden or laminate flooring isn’t appropriate, carpet tiles (like these found at ukflooringdirect.co.uk) could be a convenient alternative. Carpet tiling is exactly what it sounds like – individual tiles of carpet that not only give a modern interior effect, but also offer the reassurance that should one section of carpet become spoiled, it can simply be removed and replaced. Clearly this is a far more cost effective option than replacing a whole carpet.
Stain resistant carpet
Another option for no-stress carpeting is stain resistant carpets. These carpets use specific coatings and materials designed to prevent fluids or other substances from soaking into the carpet and staining it. They’re ideal for those heart-in-the-mouth moments when your new puppy knocks over a glass of red wine on a cream rug! Best of all, the products are usually sustainably designed, without using chemicals, making them safe as well as stain-proof.