Some would say it’s impossible: You can’t have a beautiful home with a dog living there because they’re destructive and make a mess. Fortunately, they’re wrong.

It may take a little more effort on your part to have a beautiful home with a dog as pups do have a habit of causing trouble, but that’s not an insurmountable obstacle if you have a system in place to keep your house clean as well as accessories that resist damage while giving your interior a touch of elegance that matches your tastes to a T. Here’s a closer look at the specifics.

Opt for Durable Flooring

Ceramic tiles and concrete are all the rage in some real estate markets, and they make a perfect fit for you thanks to their imperviousness to nails and claws of all kinds. Moreover, you won’t need more than a mop and bucket to do away with any “accidents” that might occur. Vinyl and laminate are other options, but you should stay away from hardwood. 

Buy the Right Upholstery

You need furniture made of something that’s easy to clean and stands up to teeth without getting torn to shreds. According to The Spruce, a website dedicated to interior design and decor, the best choices would be leather or microfiber with the latter in a multicolored pattern so that whatever stains do arise aren’t immediately visible.

Stick With Metal

Brass, copper, chrome, and steel have a stately appearance that adds a touch of class and they’re almost indestructible to your pup no matter how hard they chew. That’s something to consider next time you’re out shopping for cabinets, chairs or fixtures and are wondering how long they’ll last. Best yet, they’re extremely easy to clean.

Schedule Your Housework

It is always a challenge to have a beautiful home with a dog but a housework routine will help because dirt, hair, and odors can build up without you even realizing it once you become used to them. However, by making a routine out of cleaning, you’ll nip these problems in the bud before anyone even notices a paw print on the rug. A lifestyle writer with Money Crashers even has a checklist to help you stay on track.

Set Up a Cleaning Station

Builders are increasingly being asked to add cleaning stations to homes, so you should be able to find one near you who can do the job. The ideal place for the station would be near the entrance for a quick scrub down before the dog tracks mud all over the house. It should include a handheld sprayer and a tub or basin that’s large enough to accommodate your best bud.

Find a High-Powered Vacuum

A few stray hairs, or even a full-scale shedding, are nothing to furrow your brow over if you can clear them up quickly. This is no small task, however, and requires weekly (if not daily) attention from you and a high-quality vacuum cleaner built to adequately handle pet hair and dander. Read reviews to find the best pet-friendly options, including Hoover UH30010COM Platinum Collection and Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS, both of which are lightweight and ideal for cleaning up pet hair. 

Learn the Wonders of Baking Soda

A beautiful house doesn’t just look great, it smells great as well, and baking soda is your best weapon in removing odors and providing that fresh scent of springtime that you’ve been striving for. Not only can you use it to remove scents from carpets and furniture, experts at The Pet’s Home suggest using on your four-legged friend themselves.

Get a Dog Bed That Matches

There’s no reason it can’t be a stylish accessory no matter what room your pooch claims as their own. Comfort should still be the No. 1 priority, and that means buying a dog bed in the right size, shape, and texture, but that still leaves plenty of options when it comes to the color and pattern, so find one that goes with the overall scheme.

Once you master these cleaning hacks, you’ll no longer need to think twice before inviting guests over for dinner and enjoy their compliments about your home. Hopefully, they’ll say something nice about your pup as well.