We’re a nation of pet lovers and I know I’m not alone in saying I’d do just about anything to keep my pets happy and safe. With a rambunctious dog and two mischievous cats, I find myself cleaning up mess pretty often. Of course, we love their unconditional loyalty and their hilarious antics but we also accept that keeping things tidy and clean with pets sometimes feels like a losing battle.
Today, I wanted to talk about why tiles are the best choice for homes with pets and the different kinds you might want to consider to make life with your pets that little bit easier!
Why Use Tiles?
One of the best surfaces you can use in a home with pets is tiles. Not only do they offer a practical surface that’s easily cleaned, they resist scratches and are non-absorbent.
Materials like carpet will easily stain when there’s an accident and it’s incredibly difficult to completely remove them. Not only that, carpets absorb odours. So if Fluffy the Cat likes to have a sneaky wee somewhere in the house (and if she does, you might want to see a vet – there may be medical reasons she is doing this!), even using enzymatic cleaners won’t completely remove the scent. So she’ll just keep on going back to that spot, leading to endless frustration. Even if there’s no issue with urination, accidents do happen. Carpets are notoriously difficult to keep clean and will trap dust, dirt and dander within its fibres. You may find yourself having to pay for costly professional cleanings on a regular basis or renting equipment to tackle the job yourself.
Even wood floors or laminate can absorb moisture, eventually leading to warping or discolouration. Repeated moisture on wood or laminate will cause the fibres of the wood to swell, creating areas of warping or staining. Softer woods will easily scratch or dent under the wear and tear of regular animal use. Without constant maintenance, wood floors will not look their best for very long.
Using tiles is a practical choice for pet owners. Tiles are easier to maintain and thus, will continue to look great for years to come. In fact, under normal circumstances, ceramic tiles will continue looking great for around 20 years. Porcelain tiles can last as long as 100 years! Even natural tiles like slate or stone, if properly sealed after installation, won’t absorb any moisture, smells, dander, dust or stains that will often mar other flooring options.
Best Places to Use Tiles When You Have Pets
Where would you use tiles in your homes if you have pets? If you’ve got a garden, you’ll know that Jack the Dog will want to make frequent visits. Animals don’t tend to wipe their feet when they come through the door (and if you’ve trained yours, I want some tips!) so he’ll be endlessly tracking mud and dirt from your garden into your house.
Using tiles in any area where there’s outside access is the perfect spot for tiles. Consider them in a kitchen that opens to the patio, in an open plan area that has doors leading to the garden, in your entrance way or in a conservatory, mud room or utility room.
In fact, a mud room can be a great place to have a little station just for your pets using tiles in the entire space. Creating a small area to wash or wipe down your pets will mean the rest of your home stays clean and tidy.
An Alternative to Wood
If you love the warmth that real wood floors bring to your home, have you considered an alternative of wood effect tiles? You’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference but you will notice the benefits. Unlike softer woods, dog’s claws won’t mark the surface of the tile or scratch off any stain or finish. They have all the beauty of real wood with none of the upkeep and clean up so they’ll look new year after year, no matter how many times you throw the ball for your dog!
If you are afraid wood effect tiles – or any tiles for that matter – may be a bit too cold for our British weather, using them along with underfloor heating. This will allow your floors to be cosy underfoot for both you and your pets and will free up valuable wall space.
Dealing with Shedding
Lastly, you might also want to consider matching your tiles to your pets! No, it’s not an interior designer gone mad – it’s simply a practical choice. If you have a black shaggy pup or a white fluffy kitty, choosing a tile in a colour that highly contrasts with your pet will mean every single hair they shed will be clearly visible. While of course, you’ll want to keep your floors clean, having a tile that’s similar in colour to your pet means the shedding won’t look quite as visible in between hoovering!