Cleaning With Your Pet In Mind, And Cleaning Up Accidents Too!

Cleaning With Your Pet In Mind, And Cleaning Up Accidents Too!

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.Cleaning With Your Pet In Mind, And Cleaning Up Accidents 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.


Best Flooring Options When You Own Pets


Here are the best flooring options for when you own pets.

We love our pets, but we don’t love the messes and odors they can sometimes leave behind. Our four-legged family members have accidents from time to time, but we can mitigate the damage by having the right kind of floor for the job. Here are the best flooring options for when you own pets.

Caution: Wood. At first glance, hardwood might seem like a good option. After all, it won’t retain moisture and odor like a carpet would, right? Well, lots of hardwoods aren’t very moisture-resistant. Any messes will have to be cleaned up promptly, or the wood could warp. Also, pet nails and toys could dent and scratch the wood. Some materials, like bamboo, are a bit more water-resistant (and naturally hypo-allergenic) but be sure to ask an expert about your pet situation before spending the money for natural hardwood.

Stone. Stone has been gaining popularity as a flooring material for a few years now, with stuff like slate and granite migrating from the counter to the floor. Stone is great for people with pets, as well. Stone is tough, so it won’t get scratched or dented from nails or pet toys, and it is naturally moisture-resistant.

Vinyl. Gone are the days of rolls of ugly linoleum with hideous patterns. These days, vinyl comes in a wide array of colors and patterns, and can even resemble stone tiles. As a composite material, it won’t soak up messes or odors and is also hypo-allergenic.

Laminate. Get the look of hardwood without the cost. Also, laminate is moisture-resistant and has no actual grain, which can harbor bacteria, pet dander, and odors. Additionally, it will not dent or scratch as easily as some hardwood.

This post was written by Thais Sousa. Follow Thais on Google.