Pets. While occasionally frustrating, and always loveable, humans’ relationship with animals is one based on love and cuddles. We love them for the almost supernatural way they can brighten our day; but at the same time, we so easily get annoyed with the way they ruin our stuff. Even though you can do a lot to maintain a cat or dog’s claws, it’s inhumane to get rid of them entirely, so instead of getting rid of the animal when it tears up the floors or carpet, we at Ozburn-Hessey believe getting new flooring installed is a better idea.
With that in mind, here are some tips for getting the right kind of floor to suit your animal.
It’s a dog’s world
When it comes to floors and dogs, most people are going to presume that hardwood floors and carpet are right out the window. The truth is that, while it might be a bit more difficult, they are not entirely out of the question. Carpets are probably not a great idea because of the difficulties potty training; we promise you, accidents will occur. Hardwood floors, on the other hand, are within the realm of possibility. We at Ozburn-Hessey have a variety of products to choose from, including something that will satisfy your needs when it comes to hardwood flooring. If you decide to go with hardwood flooring, keep in mind it will take a bit more work to maintain, because the wood will scar and stain, so just keep your dog’s claws clipped and be quick with a paper towel and sanitizer.
If that sounds like too much work, then you’re probably better off going with something like laminate or vinyl flooring instead. Both are cheaper in terms of cost than hardwood flooring, but usually don’t last as long. They are, however, a great deal more resistant to scratching and tend to be an easier cleanup.
Who runs the world? Cats.
Most of these will also apply to cats, with some exceptions. If given a scratching post, most cats will take care of maintaining their claws themselves. It takes some of the work you might need to do out of the equation, and since cats are a lot easier to potty train, carpets actually are a viable option, although some cats might see the carpet as one big scratching pad. Some of the high-end hardwood floors come with a special coating that makes it easier for cats to gain their footing, cutting down on the amount of incidental scratching. Another type of flooring that you might want to consider is bamboo, which along with being pretty dense and somewhat scratch resistant, is also pretty eco-friendly, since bamboo takes a lot shorter amount of time to grow.
There are a lot of things to keep in mind when it comes to choosing the floor for your home, and keeping things like how your animals will affect it in mind will help prolong the floor’s life. If you have any questions about what floor is best for you and your furry friend, then please contact us today so we can get started!
It seems like of all of the places I have lived in my life, the ones with primarily carpeted floors are the ones that get damaged the most. I know, hot take, but while part of that is because of vengeful cats, part of it has to do with the way I treated the floors. Carpets are a little bit more delicate than your basic, average hardwood floor, but they’re also a lot more comfortable and make your home just a little bit more cozy. And, with a little bit of tender love and care, you can get the most out of your carpets, drastically altering how long it’ll be before you give us at Ozburn-Hessey a call about a new installation.
Always use Protection
The easiest way to get the most out of your carpets is to protect them. It sounds simple enough, but most people do not take this little step because life tends to get in the way and it is easy to forget about the little things. The easiest form of protection comes through getting the soil and dirt resistors reapplied. These are chemicals that the carpet comes pre-treated with, but tend to wear off after a couple of years. By contacting a professional carpet cleaner, you can get those chemicals, which are totally safe and not harmful, reapplied, which will greatly improve the effectiveness of your regular cleanings. If you aren’t sure if your carpet originally was treated with them, looking at a list of carpet vendors, like the kind we at Ozburn-Hessey work with, should help you get an idea.
Maintenance is the Key
Of course, if that sounds like too much of an ordeal, then you can expand the life of your carpet by regularly cleaning it. Immediate treatment of spots and very regular vacuuming will help with this. For the carpets that have had the chemical treatment, using basic tap water should be enough to remove the stains, but if that is ineffective, then you’ll need a special spot cleaner. Be careful about which ones you use because if you use one that leaves too much soap, it might stain the carpet.
When it comes to vacuuming, there is no such thing as too much. It’s basically the only way to remove the soil and dirt that is trapped underneath the carpet fibers, which, if left alone for too long, can be pretty destructive. Make sure you use a quality vacuum cleaner as well, since a poor one will only spin the dirt around without actually sucking it up. There are other things you can do, too, like making sure you take your shoes off when walking on the carpet, or avoiding eating over carpeted areas. Getting the carpets professionally cleaned will go a long way as well, but if the stains have already set in, even a professional cleaning won’t help.
Keep these things in mind, and if your carpet is already a lost cause, then we at Ozburn-Hessey are here to help you find your next flooring solution. Contact us for a consultation today!