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A pet-friendly home

Instead of banishing their furry friends to the yard, many pet owners are decorating and remodeling their living spaces with their pets’ needs in mind.

Here is how to have a beautiful house and a pet, too:

Vacuum regularly. Even if you match your chaise to your Siamese so perfectly the hairballs are barely visible, vacuum kitty’s hair off the furniture at least twice a week. You may need to vacuum daily when your pet is shedding.

Bathe and groom your pet often. Keeping your dog or cat clean will help your house stay cleaner, longer. Think of it this way: It’s easier to clean your dog than your upholstery.

Use stain-resistant fabrics. Forget silk, chintz or the pet-hair magnet known as velvet. Discover the joys of Crypton, a synthetic fabric that’s resistant to stains, smells, bacteria and muddy paws.

Put washable fabrics on your bed. If your dog or cat sleeps with you, there will be accidents. Protect your mattress from the inevitable by covering it with a thick pad. Use cotton sheets in a pattern that can hide pet hair and stains between washings.

Skip wall-to-wall carpet. Carpet absorbs odors, traps pet hair and soaks up inevitable pet-related stains like a sponge. The best floor is ceramic tile, because it’s easy to clean and resistant to any stain an animal can dish out.

Set up an animal room near an entry. If your dog goes outside, make sure he can come back in through a room where he can be cleaned up.

– Leanne Potts, HGTV.com

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