When you have pets, you might assume that your options are pretty limited for flooring. No matter how disciplined your dog or cat may be, they’re going to have an accident now and then while you’re training them, and they’re going to be tracking dirt into the home. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find flooring that is durable, easy to clean, AND looks great. Here are some flooring choices that can stand up to any animal.
You’ve probably already written hardwood flooring off entirely for the sake of your four-legged friend. But, maple and Brazilian walnut are both good options that can take a beating. These woods hold up nicely to the scratching of doggy nails, and with a good finish laid over them, tend not to stain as easily as some softer woods.
Laminate and Vinyl
Laminate and vinyl flooring are the safest choices. They’re almost impossible to stain, easy to install, cheap to replace, and hard to scratch. That said, it’s not exactly a bulletproof shield for your floor. Keep an eye out for spills, because liquids can seep into the gaps and stain the floorboards underneath. There is also high-quality vinyl flooring so that you can get the look and feel of hardwood at a fraction of the cost. This is perhaps the wisest choice if you are flooring on a budget and would like a wide range of options for the look and feel of your floor.
Stone can bring a beautiful and unique look to your home. It is very hard to damage and easy to clean, but can be a bit cold and can be costly in comparison to most other options.
They’ve yet to invent a carpet that is both impossible to stain and comfortable to walk across in your bare feet. Pet-owners may want to avoid carpeting, but for lower traffic rooms, synthetic materials, dark colors, and regular shampooing will help to keep your flooring looking nice.
If you’re ready to get to work on your new flooring project, give the experts at Floor Coverings International KC South a call to schedule your free in-home consultation. We look forward to working with you!
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