How to Protect Hardwood Floors from Dogs

When choosing new flooring for a home, many homeowners are a bit conflicted.  They love their dog, but they also love their hardwood flooring – and the two aren’t always such a great mix.  Homeowners not to worry!  There are numerous ways to protect your shiny new hardwood floors from man’s best friend, and it’s a lot easier than you think:

Act Quickly!

First and foremost, don’t let spills or accidents sit for very long on your new hardwood flooring.  This is especially relevant for pups that are still being house trained. Wood flooring, no matter how well it’s been sealed and finished, is still vulnerable to water damage.  If spills sit on the floor while you’re away at work or when you lose sight of your new puppy, you could discover a ruined spot on your new investment.   Always keep a clean cloth handy to wipe up any messes quickly.  After the initial moisture has been removed, tackle the process of cleaning the flooring properly.  There are many different techniques for cleaning pet spills, but it would be best to contact your flooring professional to find the proper way for your specific flooring.  Acting quickly will save your floors and keep them looking their best!

Utilize Rugs

If you’re planning on having hardwood flooring in your home, chances are you’re also planning on utilizing throw rugs and area rugs to fill the space.  While these help to complete the décor of a room, they’ll also help to maintain the beautiful look of new hardwood floors.   Rug placement is just as important as having them in the first place.  A doormat to catch dirt and debris when your dog walks through the door will reduce the gradual dulling of wood floors caused by dust and dirt.  Another mat under a dog’s food and water bowls to prevent spillage and water damage is also a smart idea.  And finally, placing runners in long hallways and high-trafficked areas of your home is good practice to avoid damages to hardwood flooring in any home. To go one step further, no-slip rugs will also prevent your pup from sliding with his nails, which can damage new flooring.  With less exposed flooring, dogs won’t have as much space to scratch surfaces,  and in general, rugs are easier to clean and replace if a new pet happens to get the better of them!

Preventative Measures

In most cases, prevention is easier than repair.  So always make sure to have a specialized potty mat for puppies and area rugs protecting the floor.  Maintaining your pup’s nails, or filing them to softer edges, is also a great technique to reduce the severity of scratches. 

Lastly, training your dog to stay out of rooms with hardwood is extremely successful, especially if only one or two rooms in your home has wood flooring.  This will be the best way to completely protect your beloved hardwood flooring from your new pup!