None of us at Pucher’s would trade our pets for anything (see Jake & Bodhi, left and Jesse & Emma, below right). But we admit, our four-legged friends can be tough on our homes. So when it’s time for new flooring, you have to think about which floors will stand up to claws, dirt, fur and the occasional accident. Here are some flooring options for pet owners to consider.
- Ceramic/Porcelain Tile – certainly durable, stands up to claws and cleans up easily. The downside is tile can be cold and hard to walk on, especially during a Northeast Ohio winter (unless you install radiant heating underneath).
- Hardwood Flooring – Choose hardwood species that are inherently hard, like North American Hickory and the exotic hardwoods, especially 6-year old Moso bamboo (younger bamboo will be softer). These hardwoods will resist scratches better than others. See how various hardwoods rank on the Janka Hardness Scale. Take a look at the new distressed, wire-brushed or hand-scraped styles which offer a practical solution. Any scratches will be less noticeable and may even add to the “weathered charm” of the floor. Always clean up accidents ASAP and use a hardwood cleaner (not Murphy’s).
- Vinyl Tile – We like vinyl tile because it’s warmer and softer to walk on than ceramic, quieter than laminate and less expensive than hardwood. It is so tough and durable that some vinyl tiles can be used in commercial applications. It is very scratch-resistant as well as water-resistant (assuming it is installed correctly). Clean up is easy with a hard surface cleaner.
- Laminate – One of the most economical choices for pet owners. It is scratch- and water-resistant. Some of the newer laminates feature such realistic stone and wood looks, that it’s hard to tell the difference between laminate and the real thing.
- Carpet – Nothing adds warmth and softness to your home like carpet, but it can present challenges for pet owners. You’ll want to look at carpets that are treated to resist pet urine stains, like Shaw’s Anso Nylon and Clear Touch carpets. It’s also a good idea to upgrade your carpet pad to one that has a moisture barrier and contains enzymes that neutralize odors. For spot cleaning, we recommend using an enzymatic cleaner that removes stains and odors. You also might want to avoid higher-pile styles like shags or frieze which can trap pet hair.
Key Takeaway: Choose a floor that is inherently hard with a tough, durable finish, especially if you have large dogs. Keep your pets’ nails trimmed and clean up accidents ASAP.
We’d like to hear from you about your experiences with flooring and pets – what’s worked and what hasn’t. For more information, visit our Flooring section or stop in to one of our three locations.