Every homeowner wants to make sure their home looks and smells great. This may seem like a simple task, but as any pet owner will tell you it is not. Especially when it comes to keeping your flooring clean. Whether it is from dirty paws, claw marks or little accidents some flooring options are better than others. Below we will discuss the benefits of some of the most popular flooring options available to homeowners.
Many families automatically vote for hardwood flooring when they have pets to consider. The reason is often hardwood’s low maintenance, particularly when the wood is coated with a high-quality urethane that makes it more resistant to scratches and stains. To keep your hardwood floor looking its best you just need to sweep it regularly and clean up spills as soon as possible. Keeping your pets claws and nails well-trimmed also helps to avoid scratches.
However, it is worth noting that even with the best of care, pet urine and hardwood floors do not mix. Even on coated floors, urine can stain and leave dark spots on the wood. In addition to appearance, smell is another consideration; the salt crystals from the urine do not dissolve in the wood, and the odor can periodically reappear if it seeps into the wood. You can remove dark spots by stripping, sanding and refinishing the floor, but if the spotting and smell reoccur, you may have to replace the damaged areas of the floor.
Carpet is not everyone’s first choice of flooring when pets are in the equation, usually because it is more easily damaged than other flooring options – daily wear and tear show quicker on a carpet than on other floor types. However, much depends on the type of carpet you choose.
It is advisable to avoid carpets with loops in the pile as they catch on pet claws. It is also advisable to invest in a quality stain resistant treatment to keep your carpets looking their best for as long as possible. In addition, you may want to consider door mats or floor runners in entrance halls or near back doors to protect your carpets from mud and other mess that your pets bring into the home. They are easier to clean or replace if the need arises.
If neither carpets nor hardwood are right for your home’s needs, you can consider stone or laminate flooring. You may also consider different options for various areas of your home, depending on where you and your pets spend most of the time. In areas with less footfall and less risk of spills, such as bedrooms, carpet can be the cozier option. In living spaces, hallways and kitchens, a harder wearing option such as hardwood or laminate may be a more appropriate choice.