Pets don’t have to spell trouble for your floors.

Whether you’re cuddling with your pet at the end of a long day or watching them chase after the ball while you’re playing fetch in your backyard, pets bring a lot of joy to our lives. But, unfortunately, pets can also take their toll on our floors, leaving scratches and stains that can be difficult to get out, at least without professional help. However, there are lots of things you can do to keep your floors safe and protect them from damage caused by your pets. Check out our last blog to learn about the first five tips we’ve gone over, and keep reading to learn more.

#6. Clean up accidents right away.

Every once in a while, your pet will probably have an accident in the house. Pet accidents happen, and if you clean them up completely, they’re really no big deal. However, a dog’s urine has ammonia in it, and they can smell that ammonia even after the urine has dried; in fact, the smell only becomes stronger the longer it sits. This ammonia compels dogs to urinate in the same spot over and over again, so it’s important to clean up any accidents completely. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you use the right kind of cleaning product for accidents, as anything with ammonia in it will attract your pet the same way the ammonia in their urine does.

#7. Consider using puppy pads or fake grass.

If you leave your pet for long periods of time, and they have no way to go outside to relieve themselves on their own, accidents are bound to happen. And, if you’re not there to clean up the mess, it will only lead to more and more accidents. One way to handle this situation is to provide your pet with a safe place to go inside, and luckily, in this day and age, there are a number of great indoor solutions. Pet pads and fake grass, for example, give your pet a safe place to go while protecting your flooring.

#8. Keep your pet entertainment

A bored pet is a lot more likely to be mischievous than a pet who is thoroughly entertained, and often times, that mischief leads to damage to your floors. Keeping your pet entertained will help to keep them out of trouble. A few ways to prevent your pet from being bored include making sure that they have plenty of toys to play with, including a wide variety of toys, and making time in your schedule to regularly train them on new tricks.

#9. Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise.

Exercise is another important aspect to keeping your floors beautiful, because like with a bored pet, a pet who has a lot of energy with no outlet for letting it off will be a lot more likely to scratch up or otherwise damage your floors by running around inside. Plus pets of all shapes and sizes need exercise on a daily basis, just like humans do, and yes, that includes cats, so not only will exercising your pet help to protect your floors, but it will also keep them healthy.

#10. Be smart about potty training.

If you’ve recently brought home a new kitten or puppy, it’s important to realize that accidents will happen. However, those accidents don’t have to doom your floors to an eternity of stains and odors! One of the best things you can do when you’re potty training a young pet is to section off a small area of your home — preferably one where there is vinyl or tile, where accidents can easily be cleaned. This way you won’t have to worry about your pet having accidents all over your home, and you can easily protect a small section of floor with pet mats or even simple newspaper.

We hope that this guide has given you helpful information about how to keep your floors looking beautiful, even with pets. As always, if you have questions or concerns, or you’re looking for a better, more pet-friendly flooring option, please contact us! Our flooring contractors have years of experience and are some of the best in New Jersey, and we’re always happy to help!