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 Keep Pets from Destroying the Floor

We all love our pets. They are adorable little members of the family who deserve the most care you can give them. They help everyone’s mental health and give the kids a sense of companionship and responsibility. A pet is always a worthy investment for your home. But they require maintenance, and one of the most important reasons to train your pet is often ignored – the health of your floor.

You want your floor to be free of scratches and smells. Unfortunately most pets enjoy scratching anything they can find, and leaving strange smells around the home. The solution is to work with your pet so that they know where they can play, and keeping them well groomed.

Grooming

Keeping your pet well groomed is not only good for their health, but also great for your home. It prevents the home from getting messy and is the best deterrent to a scratchy floor. Making sure your pets have their nails trimmed can do wonders for your floor, and combined with regular cleaning and maintenance from yourself (i.e. taking shoes off indoors; lifting, not pushing, furniture; keeping glass or ceramics from falling and shattering) can keep your floor looking brand new for much longer.

Training

You also want to train your pets so that they know what’s ok to scratch and play with and what’s not. If you have a cat, for example, make sure their litter box is clean and well maintained. Making sure your pets have a sense of where they can do their business – and that they feel most comfortable doing it there, will save a lot of messy stress on your nose and the floor.

You also want to make sure they know not to scratch the furniture and that they have plenty of toys for them to play with and chew up.

The best way to keep your pets well behaved and your floors healthy is by taking good care of them. Making sure your pets are well groomed, that they have all of their necessities, that they are comfortable, and most importantly, that they are loved, not only is the mark of a good pet owner, but it will show in the longevity of your home’s floor and furniture.

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!

Choosing The Right Padding For Your Carpet

Choosing The Right Padding For Your Carpet

Choosing carpeting is a long and thought out decision. Knowing which the best colors is, patterns, and type is crucial to the life of your carpet. For that expensive of an investment that is seen by everyone who enters your doors, you want your choice to be the best.

 

Once you’ve chose your carpet, you assume the decision making is over, right? Actually, your choice in padding is really what makes your carpet become the focal point of your home, or let it fall flat (no pun intended).

 

The main purpose for padding is to protect your carpet. This sheet of spongy material fits inside the tack strip that keeps your carpet in place. The pad keeps the underside of your carpet from wearing against the bare floor, absorbing the impact from footsteps and furniture. Without this cushioning, carpets lose on average 19% of their pile height.

 

Choosing the right padding for your carpet is an important and easily overlooked decision.  What we love about carpet though is all about the padding! The cushiness, the improved acoustics, the insulation properties and more are all enhanced by the right kind of padding (or lessened by the wrong padding).

 

When choosing padding, consider what you want to feel under foot. Do you like a soft or firm feel? If you have pets, you may want to consider a moisture-resistant or odor neutralizing pad. Choosing the wrong pad can sometimes void your carpet’s warranty, so start with your carpet manufacturer’s recommendations. Also, your family’s needs vary vastly from everyone else’s, which means the padding you use should be based on your individual choice; not just what the retailer offers you.

 

What kind of activities or traffic will the room see? If there are a lot of children consider thicker padding. If someone in your home uses a wheelchair, consider a firmer, thinner padding. The padding will make cleaning your carpet more efficient by raising the carpet slightly, reducing allergic reactions; a good choice for those with a family member who has sensitivities.

 

After you choose your carpet with one of our professionals, take the time to learn about your choices in padding as well. We want you to enjoy the life of your carpet, and what your padding can do to assist in doing just that. See us for details!