Many people love the natural beauty of hardwood floors, but they aren’t the best choice for pet owners. Pet hair and dander is easily removed, but the big downside is that a urine stain can damage your floor. The pet urine can make a permanent dark spot, and the smell can linger long after you’ve cleaned up. In these situations, the affected area would have to be stripped, sanded, and refinished or replaced. Some species of wood are harder than others, so scratches from pet nails can be an issue too. Maintaining the protective coating on the floor makes it more scratch and stain resistant.
The surface of laminate flooring is durable, and more scratch resistant. If scratches do happen, they tend to be less noticeable on this type of floor. The main problem with laminate flooring is that pets often have trouble walking on it and can slip and slide, risking injury. That issue can be minimized by selecting a style that doesn’t have a high gloss finish. Laminate is very easy to keep clean, which means pet hair and urine won’t be an extra chore.
The quality and hardness of bamboo flooring can vary greatly. A well-manufactured floor can withstand a lot of traffic, so a couple of pets running around won’t wear it out. Bamboo flooring is also stain resistant. If your furry friend does have an accident, it is less likely to be a permanent problem.
Cork flooring provides more cushioning and bounces back when pressure is applied. When your pet walks across it, the give in the flooring means their nails won’t dig into it and create scratches. Cork also has some natural water resistance. This resistance means you can get spills and accidents cleaned up before it does serious damage to the floor. Cork is also antimicrobial. So, the chances of having a permanent stain or smell where your pet had an accident is less likely.
Stone and other tile
Stone and other types of tile are very durable. The stone itself and grout between tiles has to be sealed periodically. When properly maintained, stone and other tile flooring are moisture resistant and hard to damage. Minimal effort is required for cleaning, and damaged tiles should be replaced promptly to maintain their moisture resistance.
Many people like that vinyl provides more cushioning than wood floors. Vinyl is easy to clean, and it doesn’t trap allergens like pet dander. This flooring is manufactured to be scratch and stain resistant. Permanent staining and smells won’t be a problem.
Carpet is not the best choice for pet owners. It is tough to keep carpeting clean enough for allergy sufferers. Stains can soak into the carpet, becoming permanent and retaining smells. Nails can also snag on the fibers. Some manufacturers are producing products to be specifically resistant to pet stains. Even so, carpet is more difficult to clean than other flooring options. In order to keep carpet looking nice, you may have to opt for a professional cleaning after an accident.
Your flooring is a big investment for your home, and you want as much use out of it as possible. While all flooring will eventually show signs of wear, here are a few general tips to minimize the impact of your pets:
Keep your pet’s nails or claws trimmed. Clean up food and water spills and accidents as soon as possible. If your flooring requires any kind of protective coat or sealer, make sure to keep it maintained. Sweep, dust mop or use a vacuum at least weekly, more often if necessary, to remove hair. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for professional cleaning.
The professionals at Gowdy Flooring can help you get the right flooring for your pet-friendly home. If you have questions about our products and services, please call us at (806) 353-6226, or connect with us via e-mail. We welcome your visit to our showroom and office located at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas.