Your Hardwood Floor vs. Your Pets

Hardwood floors are a stylish and durable addition to any home. However, some homeowners worry about the damage that a pet can do to a hardwood floor. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to make sure your floor still looks beautiful while still enjoying the companionship of your pets. Here are some things you should know about having hardwood floors and pets in the same space.


Dog laying on hardwood floor Dangers to Be Aware Of

The two main dangers to your hardwood floor from pets that you need to be aware of are scratches on the floor from claws or debris stuck in the paw from time spent outdoors and urine puddles. Scratches in the wood usually aren’t very deep, but they can be a major problem if nails aren’t trimmed. Any sitting water on a wood floor is dangerous because it can cause the wood to warp, but urine is especially dangerous because the acidity can actually eat away the finish as well. There are some things you can do to minimize the risk of a scratched or warped floor from your pet.


Training Your Pet

Pet training is one of the most valuable investments you can make for your sanity and the safety of your hardwood floor. If you have a pet that hasn’t been house-trained yet, you can attempt to do the job yourself as long as you have the time to commit to monitoring your pet to clean up any accidents right away. Most homeowners find that it’s money well spent to hire someone to train your dog so that it can be done quickly with minimal accidents in your home. Until your pet is fully trained, make sure you have plenty of protective pads or rugs to keep your floor safe from scratches and accidents. These should have backing that prevents liquid from seeping through to the hardwood.


Protecting the Floor

In addition to using pads and rugs to protect your floor until your pet is fully trained, there are other ways you can protect your floor. If your pet’s food and water station is located on the hardwood, be sure to find stable bowls that are difficult to tip over. A waterproof mat should be placed under the bowls. A rubber mat is best because it will protect the floor from spills and it will also prevent the bowls from moving around and scratching the floor. Be sure to keep nails clipped and trimmed as well, especially those of larger dogs, because regular playing and running can scratch the floor otherwise. You may want to consider hardwood floor refinishing because there are special finishes that can hold up better to pet nails.


Scratched hardwood floor Addressing Messes

Be sure that messes from water or urine are cleaned up right away. There are household products, such as hydrogen peroxide and vinegar, that can effectively clean up the occasional urine accident. Minor scratches can often be buffed out, but some scratches may require light sanding.


Hardwood Choices with Pets

There are certain types of hardwood floor installation in Roswell that can stand up to pets better. Prefinished varieties often have a harder and more durable finish. Certain manufacturing methods also harden the wood more and make the planks more resistant to scratches. Lighter colors and hand scraped textures will also hide scratches or dents better.


To learn more about different hardwood varieties suited to a home with pets, contact Atlanta Floor One today.