Pets are considered members of the family. And just like little ones – or even adults, let’s be honest – all kinds of accidents happen. Choosing the right flooring can be the difference between easy clean-up or damaged floors. Below are some of the key features of the best flooring for pets. We’ll also examine some things to consider when cleaning up after them, too.
Skip the Hardwood
It might seem like a no-brainer, but hardwood isn’t the first choice for pet owners. Unlike other flooring types, it scratches easily and can cause permanent damage, including warping. You’ll also want to avoid carpet, for obvious reasons. And laminate isn’t always the best choice either. It can be slippery which could lead to injury, especially among dogs that might have hip issues. And it can warp, similarly to hardwood. If you’re determined to get hardwood, choose engineered hardwood with a high Janka rating.
Go With Durable Surfaces
The most durable flooring you can get for pets is stone or tile. Stone and tile flooring is water and stain resistant and relatively easy to clean. These flooring types are also resistant to scratches. One of the only drawbacks is that tile can get cold. While cats seem to have an easier time finding a warm, cozy spot to lay, dogs might need a dog bed or area rug nearby to avoid the chill, especially during the winter.
Use Cork, Vinyl, or Bamboo for a Warmer Look & Feel
If you like the look of wood flooring and don’t really want to go with tile, you have options. Cork, luxury vinyl, and bamboo are some of best flooring for pets. Each of these floor types resists staining and is easy to wipe clean.
Keeping it Clean
As with any cleaning, it’s most effective when it happens on a regular schedule. To maximize your flooring and avoid major pet accidents, vacuum and mop often. You’ll also want to be sure you clean up messes as soon as you see them. Adding mats under water and food bowls also minimizes the damage from spills.
If you’re ready to install the best flooring for pets in your home, please contact Go Mobile Flooring today. Serving Tampa and the surrounding areas, we’ll be happy to bring our mobile showroom to you, so you can see all of the options for yourself.