Protect Your Floors
When it comes to keeping your living room clean, start from the outside of the house and work your way in, says certified professional organizer Helene Segura.
“An Astroturf doormat helps remove dirt from dogs’ paws as they walk across it,” she says. “The blades are firm enough to wipe off some of the debris [your dog] may pick up while outside, but they’re soft enough to not hurt the paw pads.”
It also doesn’t hurt to keep a towel near the door to finish wiping off whatever the mat doesn’t catch, she says.
Tile or wood floors are always the best option for pet owners, as they’re easier to clean and slower to stain, Segura says. If you go for hardwood or wood-like flooring, make sure to check on how they’ll hold up against your dog’s nails, she says.
If you want carpet or rugs, consider investing in stain-proof, padded carpets that will have the most durability, and consider choosing a spot in the living room for a comfy dog bed.
“This might encourage your dog to spend most of his time in that one particular area,” says Segura. “It’s easier to do a deep clean in one small area than an entire room.”