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How to Stop Fido from Damaging Your Antiques

How to Stop Fido from Damaging Your Antiques

By Mary-Jane Gallagher 

Some of the most valuable antiques ever sold include a Pinner Qing Dynasty vase for $80.2 million and Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester, which fetched $30.8 million. Can you imagine having one of these beauties and seeing it knocked over by your energetic pooch?  Of course, the value of antiques isn’t always their price. Many — such as grandfather clocks, Chesterfield sofas, or vintage brooches — are treasured because they belonged to someone you love. At any rate, combining your interest in antiques and your passion for pooches can be quite a challenge. Follow these tips and ensure that all of your prized possessions including Fido can co-exist harmoniously.

Protecting Upholstery from Hair and Scratches

You never know when Rex might jump on the sofa; in fact you may even enjoy it. However, unless his nails are short and smooth, he could unwittingly cause scratches to appear on your treasured leather or vintage fabric upholstery. The best solution is to use a sofa slipcover. These are available in practically all sizes but if you have an antique or newly restored sofa you need to uphold in tip-top condition, then investing in a customized slipcover is best. These can be easily removed when a guest comes over and you wish to show off your furniture.

Elevating Prized Décor Pieces

If you have an antique vase, decorative clock, sculptures or indeed any other smaller accent pieces, keep them elevated to avoid being knocked over by Rex’s or Kitty’s wagging tail. You should ideally keep them more or less at eye level so that guests who enter your home can easily spot and comment on them. Don’t keep them too high, as this will make cleaning each piece difficult. Vintage pieces require regular maintenance, including dusting and polishing. Antique metals need to be wiped over to maintain their shine, porcelain needs frequent dusting, and softer items may require dry cleaning. All these items should be located on shelves or on pieces of furniture that you can easily reach and work close to.

Protecting Antique Carpets

Keeping antique carpets safe from pets can be difficult to keep away from dogs and cats; in fact, pets love soft material and your prized carpet may end up becoming their favourite spot for napping. You can either place the carpet in a zone your pet isn’t allowed to transit through, though if, like most people, you consider your pooch family then restricting access to some rooms may be impossible. The next best bet is to gently vacuum your carpet, ensuring you go in the direction of the pile instead of back and forth. You can also clean delicate carpets by hand, using a gentle solution comprising a dash of white vinegar and a few cups of warm water and a soft brush. Once again, brush in the direction of the pile. You might want to rely on the services of a professional cleaner if Fido or any human in the house has a little accident or spills food or drink on the rug or carpet.

Who said that antiques and dogs don’t mix? Most homes manage to combine the two to perfection with a little care. The main consideration to keep in mind is that the further antique items are from your pooch, the less likely an accident is to ensue. Items which cannot be removed from your dog’s reach — such as antique sofas or chairs and carpets — should be covered or, in the case of carpets, cleaned professionally or with a very gentle hand.