Just because you have a pet – and pet allergies, doesn’t mean boring, drab and ugly. You can still decorate with style and panache!
Floors: Hard surface floors work the best for people with allergies. Carpeting traps hair, dander, odors and all sorts of other environmental allergens. Hardwood floors, laminate floors, ceramic tile, vinyl tile, sealed stone and stained concrete are all much easier to clean and maintain – and still come in a wide variety of colors, styles and even textures. If you really must have carpeting then opt for a cut pile, stain resistant variety with a carpet pad that has a protective spill barrier to help with the occasional pet “accident”.
Paint: It is best to use paint with a washable finish (at least a satin finish) so that you can clean it easily. My pets get wet and muddy sometimes and brush against a wall and YUCK…. It needs washing!!!
Furniture: Some people let their pets on furniture while others do not. If your pet likes to jump up for a nap or to look out the window, you might consider rearranging your furniture so that it is not quite so easy to jump on the back of the couch to bark at everybody.
But if they are going to do it anyway – consider a couch that the hair will brush or vacuum off easily. Many of our clients have leather or faux leather (pleather) and that wipes off very easily. If your furniture fabric collects hair it can take a grossly disproportionate amount of time just to clean the furniture!
The same goes for the drapes. Some fabrics just seem to reach out and grab the hair while other fabrics simply let it slide off. If you are buying new furniture or drapes, it is best to consult the manufacturer to determine the best choice.
Throw Rugs: Anything that is sized and can be washed in the washing machine at home will work better than a huge rug that has to be sent out to be cleaned.