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Are you thinking about providing a safe and enjoyable baby room floor? Do you have a child? Are you expecting one soon? Now is the time to make a place for a remarkable space for the baby.

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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.

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Flooring Series: Pet-Friendly Carpet


What are a few pet-friendly carpet factors to consider.

The versatility and comfort of carpet make it a flooring pop star! Carpet materials are durable, comfortable, conserve energy and allow for great variations in color, pattern and design and that makes it a great choice for any home. But is your carpet choice pet-friendly? Whether making mischief or just having innocent accidents, many things can go wrong between your pets and your carpet. Before you sit back and kick off your shoes and dig your feet into a new carpet, here are a few pet-friendly carpet factors to consider.

Only the best for your little friend. Depending on your pet’s age, size and knack for trouble, choosing quality carpet materials will make a big difference in keeping your carpet looking great and save you money on cleanings and costly repairs over the long run. Carpeting made from nylon fibers will offer you stain-resistance and durability at an affordable price.

Look for the “stain-resistant” label. Chances are your companion’s going to make a mess of things now and then, so you want to look for carpets made of rich, stain-resistant and bleach-proof materials. Many carpets are designed with your pets in mind, equipped with special pet pads that prevent spills from soaking through to the subfloor and coated with innovative stain-resistant technology that helps your carpet stay clean and dry by repelling dirt and liquids.

Other things to keep in mind. When choosing a pet friendly carpet, consider the design. If you have a large dog, for example, you may want to shy away from loop yarn as your buddy’s nails can scratch or get snagged in the fiber and cause damage to the carpet. Additionally, the color and pattern of your carpet will not only make your home pop, but can also help hide excessive shedding. Also, consider alternatives to the traditional wall-to-wall carpet. Carpet tiles, for example, are a great option for pet owners as replacing damaged sections is a simple swap. Be sure to talk to your local carpet experts for tips on proper maintenance and help on finding the perfect carpet for you and your pet.

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Flooring Series: Pet-Friendly Laminate


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When it comes to choosing the right flooring for your home, there are many factors to consider, but few are more important than how it will interact with your pets. Whether making mischief or innocent accidents, your pets can take a serious toll on your floors. So before you decide on checking out that hardwood, here are a few reasons to consider pet-friendly laminate flooring instead.

Strong without breaking the bank

The top reason to go with laminate of course is its affordability. Laminate flooring is strong and naturally resistant to wear and tear and highly durable, all while being very reasonably priced.

I is it wood?

Made you look! Laminate flooring also gives you that classic look of hardwood, but gives your pets the freedom to run around and be themselves while you get some peace of mind. Laminate has a tough protective finish layer, which means less worrying about scratches, dents and potty training mishaps. You can even treat your laminate flooring for extra water resistance to keep moisture out and protect your floors from those occasional accidents and spills. In the event something does go wrong, laminate flooring is much easier to install or repair than real wood and other flooring materials.

Take your time

Consider your options carefully. When picking laminate material, keep in mind that laminate flooring can be slippery and this can spell some trouble for your pets, especially dogs. Stick with laminate flooring that comes with a textured or embossed finish. This will give your furry friends some added traction and protect them from injury.

If you’re updating your floors or looking to make renovations, keeping your pets in mind will pay off in the long run. Be sure to talk to your local flooring experts for tips on proper maintenance and ways you can make your laminate flooring best work for you and your pets.

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Pet-Friendly Hardwood Floors

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beautiful flooring can also be pet friendly!

Do you love your four-legged companion? Do you love hardwood floors? Are you afraid you will have to choose one over the other? Don’t sink your tail between your legs just yet because there are plenty of pet friendly hardwood floor options out there – you just might have to do a little digging.

When picking your pet-friendly hardwood floors remember that it needs to be durable enough to withstand nail scratches and it can’t be warped by the occasional potty accident. The best option is Brazilian Walnut, which is hard and dense, and Hard Maple, which is typically used in basketball courts so if your pet is running across, it will be like child’s play.

There are a couple of conditions you should look for when picking your pet friendly hardwood. The wood should be pre-finished so it is stained and sealed with layers of aluminum oxide-impregnated urethane finish. Second, obviously be sure to choose a hardwood rather than a soft wood like pine or fir. Soft woods will not be able to protect against your furry friend’s claws.

Finally, make sure your hardwood is solid hardwood and not engineered wood. Engineered wood is laminated wood with a real hardwood veneer on top and can fall prey to your doggies’ clawed feet. The engineered wood may be able to be sanded back to life once, but after that there is a risk of exposing the structural wood underneath all the eroded layers.

Of course, another alternative to a real hardwood floor is a vinyl or laminate floor that looks like real hardwood. Laminate floors have a protective finish that helps protect against scratches, stains, and soiling. A vinyl floor is a durable and long-lasting material that also protects against soils and stains as well as moisture and abrasions.

No matter what wood or other material you use, your pet will love your floor as much as you do!

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Four Basic Fibers Used in Carpet: Polyester (PET) Carpet Fibers

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When it comes to shopping for carpet, more and more buyers are looking at polyester carpet fibers.

Polyester is long-lasting, naturally stain resistant and incredibly affordable, which makes it a great option for any home. Out of the four basic fibers used in carpet, nylon gets the biggest rep for efficacy and durability. But PET (polyethylene terephthalate) polyester carpet fibers are every bit as capable and resilient as nylon and with a cheaper price tag to boot.

When it comes to shopping for carpet, more and more buyers are looking at polyester carpet fibers. PET polyester is engineered to impress, making for tougher carpets with more varied styles. But polyester carpet fibers are not only resilient, they make for excellent eco-friendly flooring. Made out of recycled materials, PET polyester carpet fibers can help you reduce your carbon footprint while keeping your home elegant and comfortable.

If you are concerned about polyester not being tough enough to make the cut, don’t sweat it. Thanks to many technological advances in yarn processing and carpet construction, PET polyester’s reputation as a high-performance fiber continues to grow. A well-constructed polyester carpet will be as resilient and perform just as well as nylon, while delivering exceptional softness and stunning color clarity.

Of course as with any carpet, keeping your carpet healthy requires some work. To get the most out of your polyester carpet, keep bleach and acid-based cleaning products at a safe distance. Also, polyester is super comfy and best-suited for low-traffic spaces, making it an excellent choice for bedrooms.

If you’re in the market for a new carpet remember, PET polyester carpet fibers offer exceptional stain and fade-resistance, and make for a really soft and budget-friendly option for any space in your home.

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