Choosing a Floor With Pets

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They are our best friends but unfortunately not all flooring can withstand their playful nature. 35 per cent of Canadian households have a dog and 38 per cent have a cat. If you’re thinking of redoing your floors, you may want to take your pet into consideration when choosing which floor will last longest. There are also some ways in which you can prevent your current floor from being destroyed. Here are some tips about flooring options and your pet.

• Vinyl is a winner with pets. A good vinyl can last for a long time without showing a lot of distress; it is easy to clean and durable enough to withstand claws, tearing and scratching. It is also soft enough that it will be comfortable for your pet.
• Good cleaning products. Whether it is getting a great vacuum designed for pets or a floor cleaner that collects fur, it is important to clean up after your pet regularly so that your floor can have a long life.
• Cork flooring is a green solution. Cork flooring retains dirt, is sound resistant, and is soft and comfortable making this type of flooring a pet-friendly option.
• Trim and File. Keep your pet’s nails trimmed or filed to avoid extra damage to flooring.
• Water bowls off the ground. Keep water dishes or food bowls on a mat to avoid that area of the floor being ruined. No matter the floor if an area is consistently wet it will not last long.
• Ceramic tile is durable. Ceramic tile is extremely pet-friendly, since it is easy to clean and doesn’t scratch easily. It is harder than other floor options, so make sure you put down an area rug and get your pet a comfy place to lay down.

Is your pet rambunctious and tracks dirt in the house, or are they calm and cool and never make a mess? You know you pet best, so you can decide which type of flooring is best for your home. We can help you make the important flooring decisions with your best friend in mind.

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