Dogs and interiors is always a touchy subject – particularly in winter after a muddy walk. However, when it comes to curtains specifically, the situation just gets even more frustrating.
No matter how much you tell Buster (or insert the name of your canine friend here), nothing will stop him reaching the same point in your home, before shaking off his entire walk everywhere. Somehow, every time, all of these remains happen to fall on your curtains.
It might be because they cover such a large part of your wall, or just because they hang around “waiting” to be splashed with moisture and mud – but that’s beside the point. Curtains and dogs just don’t match.
Let’s take a look at the situation in even more detail. When your dog does decide to unleash his walk all over your interiors, the options are limited. Unless you want to live with deep, dark splash marks on your curtains, you’ll most certainly have to haul them down, clean them (either by yourself or professionally), dry them, iron them before finally rehanging them. We’re not going to speculate on how much free time you have available, but we are going to assume that you’d much prefer to spend it on something else. Additionally, leaving your windows uncovered for such a lengthy period of time hardly seems sensible – all because of that morning walk!
Therefore, it’s time to get creative. The only alternative to curtains, at least at the present time, are blinds. Once upon a time these would have had very similar drawbacks, as they were also usually constructed from a fabric that just wasn’t susceptible to a shaking dog.
Nowadays, the situation has changed. Wood or faux wood blinds obviously don’t have the same maintenance repercussions and when Buster does decide to unleash his walk, all that’s required is a damp cloth to wipe the blind slats and resume your normal daily activities.
Wood is no longer the only option for pet owners though. Aluminum blinds can perform the same task, as can PVC. Unlike curtains, which tend to arrive in very similar fabrics, the types of materials used to construct blinds vary considerably. Many are actually marketed as “wipeable”, as the demand for finding a set that’s so maintenance free is now very high.
It’s also worth mentioning that blinds tend to suit the day-to-day habits of your pet as well. As we all know, looking out of the window is a favorite pastime for most dogs. When it comes to curtains, this will usually involve brushing around the material, and probably leaving some sort of mark. With Venetian blinds, and other types that allow for decent light filtering, this isn’t required and your pet can simply peer through the gaps without leaving behind any sort of stain.
As you can see, the days of hauling down, cleaning, drying, ironing and re-hanging could be long gone. For some homes, curtains serve a terrific purpose and are still aesthetically pleasing. However, when it comes to the modern family property, which is used to pets, spillages and all other sorts of mishaps, blinds are slowly winning the battle and taking over the marketplace.