So you’re getting a puppy? We’re sure you have already thought about the messes that come with owning a pet. Many pet owners are hesitant to install hardwood flooring because they’re scared that this material will easily become damaged, which is why some prefer carpet instead. I personally have carpet in some rooms and HATE it with my pets simply because of the odors carpets can absorb and the staining. While carpet may be less easy to scratch, it’s possible for dog owners to enjoy beautiful hard surface floors if they implement the following four tips.
Trim the Dog’s Nails
The reason many floors become damaged is that the dogs will scratch with their nails. One of the easiest ways to protect floors from dogs is to simply trim the dog’s nails regularly. While this may seem like a lot of work, it’s worth it. Dog owners who neglect to trim their dog’s nails regularly will see a lot more scratches on their floors.
Apply a Scratch-Resistant Coat on the Floors
Laminate floors are a good option, but dog owners who are insistent on having hardwood flooring should apply a scratch-resistant coat of sealant on the floor. Most materials already have this layer of sealant applied on top. In these cases, look for planks that have an outer layer of aluminum oxide applied on top. The aluminum oxide is clear in color so it will not distort the natural color of the wood.
Go the Extra Mile and Install a Waterproof Coat
Dogs often come in muddy and wet. This extra moisture can seep into the planks and cause irreversible damage. A water-based polymer finish is ideal. It’s best to apply the finish with a microfiber mop as this is the most gentle on the floor. Make sure to apply more than one coat to add durability and an even appearance. Maintain the shine by dry dusting frequently and cleaning with a pH-neutral cleaner.
Protect Vulnerable Areas with Rugs
Another way to protect your home’s floors is to place a rug or mat over areas that are highly visited. For example, place a rug or a mat at the doors and in other areas where the dogs commonly frequent. This extra layer of protection prevents the floors from becoming scratched.
Take the extra step to protect your home from dogs and they’ll last for years to come. Pet owners don’t have to hesitate when looking for quality floors, as there are many durable options that can withstand the wear expected from having dogs. With regular maintenance, they can still look like new even after years of use.
What other tips do you recommend?