First choice flooring for your furry friends!

Posted on 4th December 2013

Although our four-legged friends have become irreplaceable members of the family, they do pose a unique challenge when trying to keep a clean and luxurious looking home. Even the most adorable puppy-dog eyes cannot erase the impact that pets can have on your flooring; pet hair, scratches and stains to name a few! If you are a pet-lover, it is important to find a practical solution for pet-friendly flooring that doesn’t ruin the interior design of your home.

Durability

Many pet-owners opt for luxury tile flooring as it is one of the most durable flooring options. It is scratch, wear, water and stain-resistant and at the same time, it has all the aesthetics of natural stone and ceramic and still feels warm underfoot.

On the other hand, hardwood flooring is not necessarily the best option, especially if you have multiple pets that are very active indoors as well as outdoors. But if you can’t live in a home without hardwood, then opt for a more durable wood like hickory or hard maple so it will still be able to resist scratches, scuffs and dings.

Laminate flooring can handle the heavy traffic of active pets, but for those homeowners without laminate flooring, it is a good idea to use rugs and stair runners to protect your floors and to increase the durability of your flooring.

 

Maintenance
Laminate flooring is easy to maintain and keep clean, making it a fantastic pet-friendly flooring option. It is extremely resistant against those inevitable stains that, as pet-owners, you have to deal with all too often.

Laminate, vinyl and linoleum are all ideal pet-friendly flooring options. Routine sweeping and occasional mopping is enough to keep these floors looking as good as new. Laminate flooring in particular is available with the looks and textures of real hardwood and stone so you can still maintain your ideal interior style!

 

Safety for the pets
Sheet flooring like vinyl and linoleum are often the types of flooring used in veterinarians’ offices. As well as being easy to maintain, these choices of flooring are hypoallergenic as well. Linoleum isn’t often the first choice for fashionable flooring; however there is high quality linoleum available to pet-owners that can still make your home look attractive.

 

It is important to consider all of the above options as there are pros and cons to each option of flooring available. Whether you’re a dog lover or a cat lover, as a pet-owner it is vital to take into account, the needs and safety of both you and your pet when choosing the right flooring for your home.

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