How to paint when there are pets in the house

How to paint when you have pets.

The only thing more infuriating than a pet trailing dirt through the house is a more permanent print: paint tracks. Anyone who has repainted their house on their own knows that placing a sign reading, "Caution, wet paint" isn't a warning heeded by dogs or cats. In fact, pets somehow seem more likely to brush up against a wall when it's fresh with paint. And let's face it, Resene Anakiwa only looks good on your wall, not in their fur. 

If you don't want your animals to traipse through your work zone then check out these tips on how to paint with pets.

Create a pet-proofed barrier 

In general, its best to keep animals away from paint. But, barriers between pets and their owners only makes the animal more curious. "Why can't I get to you?" they seem to ask. If you're going to put up a barrier, then you should make sure there are more interesting things for your animal to do on the other side. Leave out toys and treats, and maybe even another playmate. Alternatively, you could always take your pet to a neighbours for a little play date!

If you want a perfect paint job, you'll have to watch your pooch!If you want a perfect paint job, you'll have to watch your pooch!

Take them to the kennel 

If you want to play things on the safe side, house your pets in a kennel or cattery for a couple of days or until the job is done. You know the temperament of your pet the best – if they're rambunctious, a little time away from home might be your best option. If you're feeling guilty, however, think of it this way, you can also have your animal groomed so that when they return, they're fresh as a daisy. Spoil your pets so they won't spoil your finish!

Paint tips

Don't forget, the type of paint you use when you have pets is the most important. Thinking you have the perfect colour for your hall means nothing if it's not pet-proofed. What do we mean by this? Pet owners need a paint that is easy to clean in case of smudges or dirt marks, so it's generally wise to opt for a higher sheen finish. Choose at least a low sheen finish and where it fits your home's look, a semi-gloss finish. The higher the gloss level the easier it will be to wipe away pet marks.

Once you have the pets taken care of, you can turn your full attention to decorating without the fear of paint covered pawprints through your home.

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