If you are looking for desirable features in a home, the majority of people will cite hardwood flooring as something on their list of must-haves. However, what do you do when you love your hardwood flooring options, but also love your furry, four-legged friend? Hardwood flooring and pets are thought to be competing forces when really, they can exist together quite nicely as long as the right steps are taken! At Wright’s Carpet and Flooring, we have some ideas for you to keep your hardwood flooring looking great while also enjoying your hardwood flooring.
One of the best things you can do with hardwood flooring and pets is to keep prevention in mind. Proper training for your pet will help to take care of pet potty accidents, and absorbent pads can be used in high-accident areas in the meantime. Placing absorbent pads and non-skid bowls can also keep the areas under their food and water dishes looking brand new rather than skidded and stained. If you take care to put some carpet runners or mats down where your animals will come in from the outside, you’ll be able to prevent a lot of dirt and water being tracked in. Trimming your pets’ nails regularly will also ensure there aren’t lots of scratches or dents.
Another thing that makes hardwood flooring and pets co-exist nicely is choosing the right type of hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring can be very soft and easily dented, like pine or cherry, or tough and hard like walnut or oak.