Pets and wood floors make for uneasy roommates. They are both things that add a lot of personality, warmth, and charm to a home, but they don’t always play well together. Even the best trained dog or cat could wreck your wood flooring if you aren’t careful.
At Quality Janitorial, we know how important it is to protect your wood floors. Here are a few things you can do to keep your wood floors safe from your furry friends.
Clean Up Accidents Immediately
Urine and other types of waste can do a lot of damage to wood flooring. If your pet has an accident, don’t wait to clean it up. Blot up the mess and treat it immediately before the urine has a chance to soak into the wood.
Trim Their Nails
Your pet’s nails can do a lot of damage to your wood floors. You can usually tell when their nails get too long if your pet starts making clacking noises as they walk on the floor. If their nails are too long, take them to a groomer to get them safely trimmed down to size. If you’re going to trim the nails yourself, be careful: If you snip the wrong part of their nails, you could end up cutting into a blood vessel.
An alternative to trimming is to invest in some clear nail naps. These are plastic nail covers that will fit over your pet’s nails. These will blunt them, making it so they won’t leave scratches or gouges in your wood.
Even if you regularly trim or cap your pet’s nails, they can still wear down your wood floors over time through constant use. You can preserve your flooring by putting down rugs or carpets in areas that have the most traffic from your dog. The more you can keep your pets on that carpeting, the longer your wood floors will last.
Clean And Vacuum
Pets can also damage your wood flooring by making them dirty. Pets can leave large deposits of pet dander on your floors over time, as well as dust and dirt tracked in from outside. Not only are these all allergens that can make your allergies go haywire, these substances will also wear away at your flooring. Combat them by sweeping, vacuuming and cleaning your wood floors on a regular basis.
For more cleaning tips or to learn more about Quality Janitorial Services, give us a call at 602-487-7068.