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How to Choose Pet Friendly Flooring

Tuscany Engineered Hardwoof Flooring by Palmetto Road in color Nola 

From tiny dachshunds to Great Danes, fuzzy cats, and every creature in between, our pets complete our families and help us enjoy our time at home tremendously. We cherish all the great snuggles and playtime, but there are also plenty of unpredictable moments where it truly pays off to have pet-friendly flooring in the home! Whether it’s untimely pet accidents or claws running across the flooring surface, the right flooring options will go a long way in helping protect our home from our favorite hairy, furry, and even scaley family members. For long-lasting appearance, performance, and easy maintenance, here are some of our best answers for how to choose pet-friendly flooring

Do I need waterproof or water-resistant pet-friendly flooring?
Which pet-friendly floors offer superior scratch resistance?
How can I maintain my pet-friendly floors? 

Do I need waterproof or water-resistant pet-friendly flooring? 

If you’ve been wondering if you need water-resistant or waterproof flooring to handle a home with pets, the short answer for your sanity is: YES. Especially when your pets are young and still learning commands, there are simply too many situations where your floors can experience moisture created by pets such as accidents, knocked-over food, water bowls, and running through the home after coming indoors with wet paws. To handle moisture and standing liquid with ease, start your pet-friendly flooring search with laminate, waterproof hardwood, luxury vinyl, and sheet vinyl products. Your waterproof flooring options such as Laguna Vibes by Raintree Flooring in Driftwood can handle liquid and spills without a time limit and not be damaged. This is incredibly valuable and takes the pressure off if you discover a puddle or mess that you have no idea when or how it originated! For the look of authentic hardwood with waterproof performance, luxury vinyl plank is affordable, fashionable, and versatile enough to handle the conditions in any room. If your pets are smaller, more predictable, and less accident-prone, a water-resistant option such as Brunswick by Palmetto Road in Dockside will resist normal spills and moisture with prompt clean-up and maintenance. Many water-resistant flooring options such as Hydrana laminate by Beauflor in Classic Blanco feature a locking system that can handle standing water up to 72 hours! No matter which water-resistant or waterproof flooring product you choose, always review the manufacturer’s installation guidelines to ensure that your flooring’s waterproof warranty is properly adhered to. 

Style Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring by Beauflor in color Cracked Ash Grey 

Which pet-friendly floors offer superior scratch resistance?

In a home with pets, it also pays to invest in scratch-resistant flooring! Dogs, cats, iguanas, and any creature with prominent nails or claws can ultimately create damage to your pristine surfaces. For instance, genuine wood floors– especially softer hardwoods like pine–are prone to scuffs and deep gouges and will be harder to maintain in a home with pets. To better resist scuffs, scratches, dents, and markings on your surfaces created by animals, look for durable flooring options with scratch-resistant wear layers. Laminate and waterproof hardwood flooring styles will provide superior durability and scratch resistance, especially those products with a reinforced aluminum oxide finish. When it comes to texture, distressed hand-scraped or wire-brushed hardwood visuals will help disguise wear and tear and minimize the appearance of any obvious scratches. An eye-catching luxury vinyl product such as Deja New Flooring by Metroflor in Coastal Oak Weathered presents saw cut embossing and varied plank tones for fashion-forward style, pet scratch camouflage, and waterproof protection. You can also investigate products with a ceramic bead top layer finish for pet-friendly flooring solutions that will resist dents, scratches, and stains. A waterproof product such as Barrier 20 by Palmetto Road in Capri presents a reclaimed visual, embossed texture, and a heavy 20 mil urethane ceramic bead finish wear layer for the ultimate scratch resistance. Explore products with specifically listed ‘Pet Warranties’ and you will have even more confidence installing new floors for your pets to spend time on.

Brunswick Laminate Flooring by Palmetto Road in color Hanover

How can I maintain my pet-friendly floors?

After selecting your durable flooring with added moisture resistance, you can take steps that will make maintaining your pet-friendly floors even easier than you may have previously imagined! First, make sure to keep pet nails and claws trimmed to reduce scratches against the surface of your floors. Brush your furry pets regularly to reduce pet dander, then sweep and vacuum your floors regularly to remove pet dander from the floor before they become abrasive particles. Just as they help with human household residents, you’ll want to use outdoor entry mats and machine-washable area rugs inside as added protection against accidents, spills, and general debris. Make sure to also place mats with appropriate backing underneath all food and water bowls to keep moisture and food off your floors. Always wipe up all moisture and clean all stains as soon as you discover them, using a gentle flooring-specific cleaner approved by your flooring manufacturer. 

Take Our Flooring Quiz

In addition to selecting pet-friendly flooring that can handle high activity and remain attractive, it’s wise to look for products that feature an attached pad that will provide valuable sound insulation, antimicrobial properties, and warmth underfoot. Make sure to complete our Floor Genius Quiz to receive recommended pet-friendly flooring styles that fit your décor preferences and find a Twenty & Oak dealer to help with your next project. The right pet-friendly flooring with the appropriate technology to fit your household conditions will make life with your favorite creatures even more worry-free and enjoyable! 


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