I always buy a piece of carpet that is treated with scotch guard it is much easier to clean then. I also buy a piece of carpet that has a very tight weave. A carpet with a tight weave will last much longer then a piece of carpet with a loose weave. I always ask the owner of the flooring store what he would recommend for carpeting in a three cat household. If your cat is not de clawed it will destroy a loose weave carpet in a short period of time. I have always had good luck cleaning up any little mess that my cats have put on my carpet. I clean up any mess that my cats have made ASAP with a carpet cleaner and a light colored towel or I use thick paper towels. I also have a carpet shampooer and a spot bot. I generally shampoo my carpet twice a year.
In a house with over three cats I would recommend a linoleum floor. I like the kind of linoleum that is a no wax floor. It is very easy to just wipe up any little mess you may find on the floor. I use pine – sol and water to clean the floor. A floor with no cracks or crevices such as linoleum is much easier to keep clean and sanitary.
I have a Tiger wood floor in my kitchen that is a no wax floor with a high polish that is very cat friendly. I clean the floor with water and a little bit of pine – sol in the water. Any mess on the floor wipes up fast and easy. I also have a special spray bottle cleaner that I purchased at the furniture store were I bought my wood flooring.
The basement steps in my house are wood and they are treated with a redwood oil stain. I wash the steps with pine – sol. I clean the cement basement floor in my house with pine – sol also.
I hope this will help you choose the perfect pet friendly flooring for your house.
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