Reduce dirt being tracked inside home
Dirt and grit tracked in from outside can be abrasive against the surface of a hardwood floor when trapped under the moving feet of people or pets. This action can cause scratches in the protective coating or even in the wood itself, which can be problematic if your pet likes to dig.
To cut the amount of dirt brought into your home, use mats or scatter rugs on both sides of the doors. These items will clean some of the dirt off your pet’s paws before it gets to the hardwood floor. If you have a porch, regular sweeping, vacuuming, or mopping can help further reduce the dirt getting tracked into your home.
Some people can get their pets to hold still and have their pets paws wiped off once inside too. Depending on the temperament of your pet, this solution might not be an option for you.
Groom your pet
Claws can potentially do a lot of damage to your hardwood floor. Keeping pets nails trimmed and smoothly shaped is extremely important. When it comes to claws, dogs will do more damage than cats. Most dog breeds are bigger than cats and can exert much more force on their nails when they walk and run around the house. Unlike dogs, cats’ claws retract when they walk. This retraction makes it difficult for cats claws to leave many scratches on the floor. Cats do have a natural need to sharpen their nails. However, if you make sure your cat has a more appealing surface to scratch, they are unlikely to use your hardwood floor.
Many owners don’t want to have their cat declawed, and there are other options. If keeping pets nails trimmed isn’t enough, there are products available to cover them. Booties that go over the entire paw can be used if your pet will tolerate them. There are also claw covers that can be adhered to the dog’s or cat’s individual nails to protect floors, furniture, and people from scratches.
Other ways to keep your hardwood floor scratch free
Making sure your pet is getting enough exercise can reduce the tendency for them to run around the house. This exercise reduces the chance that your pets will damage the hardwood floor. Also, limit the rough play and toys to outdoors or other parts of the house.
Use a mat or rug under food and water bowls to keep them from sliding around on hardwood floor. Some types of kitty litter can scratch too. A mat or rug can also be useful for litter boxes to limit litter tracks across the floor.
Make sure to maintain the protective finish on your hardwood floor according to the manufacturer’s instructions and reapply as necessary. Make sure to keep pets off newly finished floors until they have cured sufficiently.
If you are getting a new hardwood floor, you might want to consider prefinished flooring since the finish is more durable. If that option isn’t for you, selecting wood with a higher hardness rating can also be helpful. You can also select wood with colors, grain patterns, or textures that help hide scratches.
Gowdy Flooring can help you get the perfect hardwood floor for your pet friendly home. Call us today at (806) 353-6226 if have any questions about our products and services. You can also connect with us via e-mail. We welcome your visit our showroom and office located at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas.