Finding durable flooring suitable for pets is essential if you own one, from keeping paws clean to standing up against their playtime and playfulness. Be sure to choose floors resistant to scratches, water and staining in order to keep them looking pristine!
Luxury vinyl (LVT) and tile can both be great options to consider for their cost-efficiency, stylish appearance, and long-term durability.
Easy to Clean
Cleaning floors when you have pets can be challenging. A vacuum and regular sweeping can help to eliminate pet hair and other debris from the floor, and placing a mat where your pets feed or water can prevent dirt, grass and leaves from getting tracked onto them. Furthermore, regular grooming sessions for your animals is recommended to decrease how much hair they shed onto your floors.
Tile (including wood-look tile) can make for an easy way to cover your floors as it’s scratch resistant and straightforward to keep clean, making it the ideal option for families with pets. But it may not be ideal for your furry companions – so consider adding some rugs for additional comfort. Laminate is another popular choice among families with pets as it’s affordable, durable, scratch-resistant and moisture resistant; making it ideal for areas where there is heavy foot traffic. To maintain optimal performance of laminate surfaces it should be swept daily while sealant may also help prevent spillage!
Resistant to Scratches
Scratches are one of the main flooring issues faced by pet owners, particularly if their animal doesn’t get its nails regularly trimmed. Luckily, many hardwood options provide exceptional scratch resistance such as ArmorWood which offers up to four times greater scratch-resistance than traditional engineered hardwood and waterproof flooring options can accommodate those situations well too.
Luxury vinyl, tile and laminate are excellent waterproof flooring choices that can withstand accidental stains and accidents from your furry family members. In addition, several varieties feature textures which increase traction for your pets’ paws and prevent slipperiness which could otherwise lead to slippage and injury on stairs.
Comfortable for Your Pets
Pets’ nails must be regularly trimmed, and even well-trained animals may still get into mischief and shed fur around the home. Carpets may irritate sensitive skin while some synthetic materials release chemicals which could trigger allergic reactions in our furry companions.
Laminate flooring is an ideal option for pet owners because of its durability and moisture resistance, making spills easily wipe-able up while moisture resistant wood flooring prevents liquid penetration into its planks, decreasing risk of warping or long-term damage from pet accidents.
Engineered hardwood is another fantastic pet-friendly flooring choice made of layers of hardwood and plywood that’s more resistant to dents than regular hardwood. Harder species like hickory or oak provide stronger scratch protection while cork and bamboo offer eco-friendly alternatives with superior traction for pets that naturally absorb sound – helping reduce any impacts caused by boisterous pets running around your house!
Easy to Maintain
Good quality flooring should resist dirt, spills and scratches that come from having animals at home – something your floor must be capable of handling! Pets inevitably cause these damages; you need a floor that can protect itself.
Laminate flooring is an attractive choice because it resembles hardwood, is strong, and features a layer that protects it from scratching – as well as being easily wipe-able clean. Unfortunately, laminate can absorb wetness so consider choosing an option with texture for better pet traction.
Bamboo flooring is another good option as it looks beautiful while being water-resistant, making cleaning simple. Tile is often found in kitchens and bathrooms as its scratch-proof properties make maintenance easy.
Carpet is not recommended as an appropriate pet-friendly floor material because it absorbs moisture and stains, making cleaning it more challenging than necessary. Furthermore, its lack of comfort makes it less appealing than rug flooring – therefore you may wish to invest in one instead for their ground space.