As pet owners know quite well, sharing a home with a dog or cat can be an immensely rewarding experience. Pets have a way of making us feel better when we are down, and their friendly meows and tail wags are wonderful to come home to at the end of a long day.

In addition to unconditional love, pets have a knack for sharing other things with us—namely their pet hair and dander and the occasional trail of muddy paw prints across the kitchen floor.

Fortunately, there are plenty of things that homeowners can do to help create a pet-friendly home that also looks great.  The following are some tips and if you have any other tips that you would like to share, please include them in the comments! 

I think we are all always looking for easier and better ways to clean up after our pets!  I know I am.  I feel like all I do is clean up dog hair.  How about you?  Have you found a great way to control the problem?

Creating a clean home with pets

Hard Flooring

When considering pet-friendly decorating options, Interior Design advises that people go as low maintenance as possible. Hard flooring is ideal for pet homes. Some hard flooring options include painted or stained concrete, brick, ceramic tiles and hardwood floors, which all look great, are durable and are easy to clean. To help make the rooms look more welcoming, you might want to consider adding a few easily-washed and colorful area rugs. As the DIY Network notes, sisal or seagrass mats are an excellent choice because they are inexpensive, they blend with any color palette and they stand up to pet traffic with ease.

Pet-friendly Fabrics

While traditionally, home owners usually try to match their upholstery to the colors of the walls or flooring, pet owners should consider coordinating their couches and chairs to the colors of their pets. If you share your home with a dark grey kitty and a black lab, light-colored furniture will just show their fur even more. Leather is a fabulous choice; in addition to withstanding wear and tear, it is easy to clean and maintain. There are also certain fabrics that are more pet-friendly. Consider microfiber selections like Ultrasuede that are easy to spot clean, which is ideal when Fluffy or Fido has an accident on the couch.

High curtains

Cats just seem to love heavy, ornamental drapes that reach the floor and they love curling up inside of them. Some options for window coverings are high curtains at the windows—be sure to choose fabrics that can be hand-washed or even put into the washing machine on a gentle cycle—or vertical blinds for sliding doors or large expanses of windows. For example, many stores sell a wide variety of window coverings including custom curtains that can be designed in a shorter, more pet-friendly length. For homeowners who adore the look of longer curtains, consider tying them up to the side in order to prevent pet dander and fur from sticking to them.

Regular Grooming and Vacuuming

In order to manage the often copious amounts of fur that can pile up in a pet-friendly home, Martha Stewart notes that regular grooming can help keep this problem at bay. In addition, pet owners should vacuum several times a week—be sure to pick a model that includes a high-efficiency particulate air filter. An electrostatic mop on hardwood or tile floors also does a great job of attracting and picking up pet hairs. Finally, when the couch looks like it has more hair than the dog, a tape roller is a great way to get it looking clean again.

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