According to the APPA, just over 60% of households in the United States have at least one pet. Animals are great, but not so great for some flooring types. Their nails can scratch and dent your floors. Pets also track dirt into your home and shedding can be a real burden to clean up. Not to mention the occasional accident.
This article isn’t meant to deter you from owning a pet. The goal is to help you find the best flooring types for pets as well as give you some tips for keeping your beloved animals from hurting your beautiful floors.
Laminate is a terrific option for pet owners. Its durable surface holds up to the harsh treatment dished out by your animals. It is an easy to maintain material, which makes cleaning up after your pets less strenuous. Laminate is a great floor type for moisture. Although you must clean up spills quickly to prevent long-term damage, there is no need to fret when your pets track water on your floor.
Vinyl flooring is another great option for pet-friendly floors. It has many of the same benefits that laminate offers. It is very resistant to dents, scratches and moisture. Maintaining them is also very simple. You won’t be limited in design options because vinyl has a huge selection of styles and colors. One huge benefit of vinyl is it muffles sounds, which is perfect for noisy dog nails.
Hardwood flooring is not a great choice if you own animals. It can be scratched, dented, and moisture must be taken care of immediately to prevent staining and warping. Laminate and vinyl offer great substitutes for hardwood that looks like the real thing, but if you absolutely must have real hardwood floors, just follow these tips to keep your floors looking nice:
- Trim your pet’s nails
- Keep their toys outside or in a separate room
- Keep water and food bowls in a separate room
- Use walk-off mats where your pets exit and enter the house
Following this tips will go along way to keeping your floors nice, but there is no guarantee when you mix real hardwood and animals. There is a lot to consider when shopping for floors. Make sure you keep your furry friends in mind when making your next flooring purchase.