To many, a house is not a home unless you have pets. However, owning pets also means you have to worry about cleaning up after them. The experts at The Floor Store are here with a few helpful tips to keep the floors in your home squeaky clean, regardless of your pets.

One thing to consider is that not all floor types are created equal. Some flooring options are more pet-friendly than others. Here are the most common flooring types and how to clean them.

  • Carpet: Carpet can easily attract dirt, hair, and debris. Pet hair can be removed with a vacuum, but there are other hard-to-remove hair options. You can use rubber gloves to run across the carpet to attract the hair. You can also turn an old pair of pantyhose inside out and run that across the carpet to remove fur and debris. For deeper stains, carpets can be cleaned with a shampooer or professionally.
  • Rugs: You can remove hair from rugs the same way you would with carpets. For stains, wash the rug with a mixture of water and baking soda. Vinegar can also be added to the mix. The best part about this is that it’s natural and efficiently removes stains. Remember to follow up by vacuuming and letting the rug dry.
  • Hardwood: Debris is best cleaned on the hardwood by being swept. For stains, mix equal parts vinegar and water. Apply the solution to the stain, let it set in a bit, then clean it with a towel or rag. Water and vinegar will not harm finishes such as lacquers and varnishes, often found on hardwood floors.
  • Tile: Like every other flooring option, clean all hair and debris from the tile. Tile can be easily cleaned with a vinegar/water solution as well. When using any other cleaning agents, it’s important to read the label to ensure it will not damage the flooring or the finish on the floor.

With pets, accidents happen. It’s important to stay educated on how to properly and safely clean your floors. If you are looking for good pet-friendly flooring options for your home, reach out to the team at The Floor Store in Albuquerque! We offer a wide variety of options.