Pets and laminate flooring

The Ultimate Tips for Keeping Laminate Floors Clean in a Pet-Friendly Home

Laminate flooring is quite popular these days due to its attractive pricing and ease of installation. Those who are on the search of a new home flooring project but have a budget to follow always consider laminate flooring as a primary option. Good quality laminates are durable and resistant plus they are easy to clean and maintain. The flooring can be done in any part of the home even where there is underfloor heating. Well there are cons as well along with the pros but since laminate has become a popular choice it can be found in many homes across the country. Most of us also have a furry companion in the house which means there will be various stains and scratches that can damage or spoil the floor which will cost you a lot to repair. However, you don’t need to worry as I bring you the best home remedies for keeping your laminate floors clean and shining in a pet-friendly home

Pet Hair Can be a Trouble

A common problem in most pet-friendly households is hair that is spread everywhere. Well a plus point about laminate floors is that hair can be easily cleaned and removed from the surface. You can use a microfiber dust mop or even a vacuum (as long as it doesn’t use a beater brush) to grip and pull off hair from the floor. As far as carpet cleaning solutions are concerned you can make your own using common household ingredients. Just take a cup of vinegar and add it to a gallon of water. You can spray the mixture over the mop to clean the floor but make sure you don’t wet the laminate floor as that can cause spots or warping.

Your Pets May Get Done with their “Business” On the floor

You can try to prevent all possible pet-related accidents, but there will still be times when you come back to find urine on the floor. In this case, wipe it immediately as the liquid can seep into the laminate and cause irreparable damage. Next up use the vinegar mixture to damp a mop or a towel and clean the floor, let it dry. It is essential not just to clean the space but also remove any odor otherwise your pet may try soiling the same spot again. To remove the smell sprinkle baking soda on the floor (if there is any hardened mess then clean it using a soft-bristled brush.) Leave the powder for at least a day and sweep it off.  You can also use an enzymatic cleaner over the surface to remove any remaining smell. Spray and let it rest for about 15 minutes and dry the floor afterward.

The same method can be utilized for cleaning feces. Use a paper towel to remove the poop and follow the same process using the vinegar cleaning mixture.

Other preventive tips are:

Place the bowls that contain your dog’s wet food and water over mats

Clean your dog’s muddy paws after you bring him from a walk before bringing him inside the house.

Cleaning Methods that You MUST Avoid

Don’t use soap or any soap based cleaners as they will make the floor slippery

Avoid abrasive cleaners as these can dull the finish of the flooring

Wet or steam cleaning systems are absolutely a BIG NO

Don’t use any cleaning solutions that contain oil or wax as that will also make your floor appear dull

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Jenny Perkins is an Animal Behavior Specialist and a passionate writer. She loves to write about the nutrition, health, and care of dogs. She aims at providing tips to dog owners that can help them become better pet parents. She writes for the blog Here Pup.

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