Posted on April 30 2019
You’re ready to love your floor, but you also love your pet. Can you have beautiful floors when you have a dog or cat at home? The answer is yes!
While pets may present challenges such as accidents and spills, muddy paws and the potential for scratches from nails, you can find a perfect solution that won’t have you worrying about your floors. Here are some of our tips for keeping your flooring both beautiful and pet friendly.
Tile is a great choice due to its durability and ease of cleaning. It is available in many design options, from natural stone to wood inspired plank styles, making it possible to find the perfect tile to match your personal style and home décor. Traditional grout is porous and can absorb moisture and odors, presenting a challenge if you have an accident-prone pet, so evaluate options for sealing the grout to make it more durable and easier to maintain. While tile is a hard surface, area rugs or pet beds can add softness and warmth to make tile more comfortable for pets.
Luxury vinyl is durable, waterproof and easy to maintain, making spills and accidents no match for your flooring. The multi-layer construction makes luxury vinyl resistant to scratches and provides insulation that dampens the tapping sound of nails as pets walk across the floor. Available in wood inspired and tile inspired design options, you can achieve the flooring style you want with improved durability. When choosing among luxury vinyl options, steer toward a textured surface that will provide some slip resistance and keep your pets from slipping and sliding across the hard surface.
Laminate is easy to clean and has a sealant layer that makes it scratch proof and water resistant. However, laminate flooring can be damaged by liquids that are left to sit too long, so wipe up spills and accidents quickly. Laminate can also be slippery for soft paws, so consider a finish with some texture and avoid smooth or high gloss finishes.
Wood flooring varies in durability with factors such as species, finish and manufacturing method. Choose a hardwood species such as maple that is more resistant to dents, scratches and wear than some softer wood options. When choosing color and finish, a rustic look or lighter color with a matte or low-gloss finish can help hide wear and scratches. For improved durability, consider engineered hardwood with a thick veneer, which can be sanded and refinished a few times to extend the life of your flooring. With a little extra care, hardwood flooring and pets can co-exist. Trim nails frequently to reduce scratches and wipe up spills immediately.
While pets love the comfort and warmth of this flooring option, carpet is prone to stains and odors that build up over time. Evaluate color-fast fibers and moisture-resistant carpet pads to extend the life of your carpet. Consider nonwhite neutral colors that won’t show dirt as quickly and choose a style without loops that can snag on nails. Vacuum frequently to prevent build-up of dirt and fur and see our cleaning and care tips for handling spills and stains.
With some planning and a little care, you can have beautiful floors that are pet friendly, too! If you’re ready to love your floor, schedule an in-home consultation and our design consultants will help you find that perfect balance of personal style and flooring durability for your home.