We Love Dogs…But Your Floors May Not!

Fido, Sadie, Daisy or Spot, whatever the canine apple of your eye is named, they can be rough on your hardwood floors. Nails can scratch your beautiful floors, turning them into a real mess. Here are some tips to help make sure your dog doesn’t damage your floor.

The easiest way to protect the wood from sharp nails is by placing runners in high-traffic areas. Each family will have different areas where dogs spend the most time. In some homes it will be the kitchen, in others, it could be hallways outside of bedrooms or even the area nearest the front door. If you have a doggie door, placing a weather-proof runner in front will help with scratches as well as help keep the floor clean.

Floor runners also serve a double purpose, they can keep your dog from sliding across floors. Some dogs are nervous on slick floors, runners can help them keep their balance.

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Designer nail caps for your dog!

There are also products on the market called nail caps that fit directly over each individual toenail. They’re made of soft plastic and most dogs don’t seem to mind them. You can even get them in designer colors. They’re surprisingly easy to put on and remove, but if you have a frisky dog you might want to ask a friend to help. Also, check with your groomer, some will place them on your pooch after clipping their nails.

Speaking of clipping nails, be sure to keep your dog’s nails trimmed. Some dogs have nails that grow surprisingly quickly. Ask your groomer how often your dog’s nails need to be trimmed.

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Depending on how many rooms in your home have hardwood floors, and how easily it is to train your pupper, you can teach them to not enter areas with hardwood floors.

If these tips are too late, and you need to repair or replace your floors, KFD would be happy to help. Be sure to contact us for your flooring needs.

How to Remove Pet Odors and Stains from Flooring

How to Remove Pet Odors and Stains from Flooring

Many people have pets and love them dearly, but having a pet can lead to some messes on the floor! Dogs and cats get sick and vomit, or have urine or stool accidents on the floor from time to time. Cleaning up pet messes quickly is important towards keeping your flooring in top shape.

1 4 pic 8 225x300 - How to Remove Pet Odors and Stains from FlooringHere are some tips for taking care of pet messes quickly and effectively!

1.Clean Up the Mess Right When You See It

Coming into your house with hungry kids and bags full of groceries can make it difficult to deal with a pet mess right away, but it is important to clean up these messes quickly so that your flooring is not damaged. Urine contains minerals and chemicals that begin to break down and can leave lasting damage or odors. Start by using a thick cloth or several sheets of absorbent paper towels to blot up as much of the urine as you can. Do not rub as this will only push the urine further into the carpet or spread it around on hardwood or tile.

2. Take Care of the Smell

Pet urine is strong smelling, but this smell can be neutralized in carpets by mixing a little bit of vinegar with warm water.  Spray onto the area lightly and blot dry, this should handle the smell.

If the smell lingers, deodorize the area further by mixing ¼ cup baking soda with ¾ cup warm water in a spray bottle. Spray onto the area, this will also help remove any staining the urine may 8 20 pic 11 225x300 - How to Remove Pet Odors and Stains from Flooringhave caused. Allow the area to dry thoroughly, then sprinkle baking soda on top of the area and leave it overnight. Vacuum up the area in the morning.

3. Take Care of the Flooring Underneath

If smells continue to linger, there may be damage to the carpet padding or to the flooring underneath. In this case, your repair may involve replacing carpeting or padding. If you do tear up the carpeting or padding, make sure the floorboard underneath is dry and free from damage. Use fans if necessary to dry the floorboards.  

Creating The Ultimate ‘Puppy Pad’

Creating The Ultimate ‘Puppy Pad’

We all love our pets, don’t we? We would do anything for them, and they for us. There are arguably no more loyal pets than the family dog and giving him or her an ultimate space truly makes them feel at home and as part of the family. How do you incorporate your pet into your overall home design?

 

Nowadays, there are so many ways to cohesively design your dog’s area to seamlessly match a home’s décor, for example, selecting a dog bed in the same pattern, color, or fabric as your couch or your bed spread is a great way to add style and class to function. Finding a quiet, little used area to store your dog’s bed is another option if you don’t want the bed in view.

 

hutchison_pic_2There are some more clever ways to incorporate your pet as well, for example, a custom cabinet with a cut-out for your dog’s bed, and a few shelves for their toys and treats can be a standalone option that you can coordinate colors textures, fabrics and overall design with the rest of your décor.

 

Dogs may seem to only sleep but they have to get up to eat too! If you have an island in your kitchen, you can create a custom area for your pet’s dog food and water dishes.  If you don’t have that option, you can get your pet very stylish bowls to eat from that match your overall look-for example, if your home has a contemporary feel, then get funky bowls that portray that. If your style is more traditional, there are bowls that evoke that feel as well. Explore options and think outside the traditional dog food bowl. Any bowl can be eaten out of so get creative!

 

When it comes to décor and your dog, wood floors are always best. The sturdiness of wood floors makes them easy to clean with simple vacuuming or mopping. Remove dirt, dust, pet dander and other allergens fairly easily. Why wood over tile? Just as tile or hard surfaces can do a number on our knees, the same goes for dogs. Wood floors are easier on those paws of theirs, and warmer to the feel too in some cases.

 

Help your pup out and give them some of those creature comforts (pun intended!) that will make them feel like home. Schedule your appointment with one of our designers and let them know Ford pic 3what kind of dog you have and how many to create the ultimate in doggy décor for them that’s suitable to your lifestyle as well!