You love your cat or dog, but it has a special talent for wreaking havoc on your floor. That’s why it is important to choose pet-friendly floor options that will hold up to accidents, scratches, and heavy duty cleaning. Because we all know that no matter how house-trained and obedient our lovable little fur babies are, they still make a mess!
Pros and Cons of Several Floor Options
Hardwood floors have beauty and longevity that warrants their bigger price tag, and they are pet-friendly…generally speaking. Make sure you don’t have softwood floors, or your wood will look like someone has taken a metal brush to it after pets run through. However, hardwood options like oak, cherry, walnut, and mahogany are strong enough to hold up to the damage inflicted by most paws and claws. The harder the wood, the more scratch resistant it will be. Also, some hardwood floors come with sealants that make them extra-durable. The downside to hardwood is that it is susceptible to water damage, and they aren’t completely scratch resistant.
Laminate flooring is less susceptible to scratches than hardwood flooring, and it is very easy to clean. If you have pets, they may slip a little more on this type of flooring. Laminate is also susceptible to water damage, so wet messes must be cleaned up quickly to avoid damage.
Luxury vinyl is very versatile and pet-friendly. It can be installed in almost any area of the home, and it is water resistant. It’s easy to clean and inexpensive. The thing you may like most about this option is that it is quiet! Anyone who has heard pet nails on the floor whenever someone comes to the door can appreciate a quiet floor.
Reducing Risk for Damage
No floor is completely free from risk of pet damage, but there are things you can do to limit the damage and lengthen the life of your flooring choice. Putting throw rugs or area rugs in high traffic can reduce noise and slipping. It also reduces the contact of sharp claws with your floor. Keeping dog’s toe nails trimmed is also a step in the right direction to reducing floor damage. The most important thing you can do is look out for accidents. Your pet may be house-trained, but that makes the rare or one-time accident something to easily miss because you aren’t watching for it. Don’t leave pet accidents on the floor for any length of time, and you’ll prevent stains, damage, and odor.
Your pets and your floor can live in harmony, but it takes a little forethought. Planning your flooring choice and minimizing risk will keep your floors beautiful for much longer.
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