When you build or remodel a home and have pets, you are sure to think about new flooring extra carefully.
If you have indoor pets, you are among the 45% or so of all households which keep pets inside. It’s pretty common to choose flooring not just for the look it will give your home, but how well it works with your pets.
We all know about the inconveniences of stains or scratches that can make our floors look worn and in need of repair.
What’s the Best Flooring for Dogs? (And Other Pets)? This is one you want to get right.
This helpful little guide for flooring options for dogs is what you need. We’ll give you the pros and cons of various flooring options and offer helpful tips on keeping them clean and free from damage.
To start, we can look at what guides your decisions when evaluating flooring options:
- Pet’s ease of movement
- Pet’s comfort
- Ease of cleaning
- Scratch resistance
Let’s dive into the six best flooring options for your pets.
1. Carpet: Comfy but Hard to Clean
It’s the most comfortable for our furry pals, but probably the option that requires the most care in terms of cleaning and maintenance.
If you go for a carpet, you should consider how to best maintain it. Regular vacuum cleaning keeps vermin and fallen hairs away. Hydrogen peroxide comes in handy for removal of basic stains.
- Carpets are quite inexpensive
- They are comfortable for pets
- Available in many colors and varieties
- Requires regular cleaning and replacing
- Can harbor fleas, dust and fur
2. Hardwood: Beautiful and Sensitive
Polished hardwood looks elegant and has been known to fascinate some pets when they see their reflection on its surface.
However, a few scratches are all it takes for it to downgrade a nice looking hardwood floor. It’s definitely worth coating hardwood services with something like urethane to guard against pee stains and scratches.
The rule of thumb here is: the harder the wood, the more likely it is to resist scratches and therefore the better it is.
- Looks elegant
- Easy to clean
- Expensive to maintain
- Can be discolored by pee stains
- Can absorb wetness if not properly polished
3. Laminate: Easy and Slippery
Quite a popular option for pet owners, laminate beats other pet flooring options since it looks like real wood, but it’s much better than wood when it comes to stain resistance.
What you need to note, however, is that laminate is quite smooth, which makes your pet slip and slide. Remember, pets don’t wear shoes!
- Easy to clean
- Resistant to pee stains
- Wear off much faster than hardwood
- Slippery, which affects pet’s traction
- Claw scratch marks are visible on it
4. Tile: Hard and Robust
A lot of homeowners like tile flooring due to its resistance to scratches and moisture.
For your furry friends, you have to consider getting a comfy pet bed for your dog or cat since tiled floors are usually cold and hard.
- Stains are easy to clean
- It is scratch-proof
- Hard, uncomfortable and cold for pets
- Quite slippery
5. Vinyl: Practical
This is touted by many as the best possible flooring option for pets.
Of course, when you consider old-school vinyl, you may dismiss this option. However, due to advancement in technology, today’s vinyl cannot be compared to linoleum of the old days: it can be made to look just like a wood or tiled floor.
- Resistant to stains and claw marks
- Resistant to water
- Pets can move comfortably on it
- Only good indoors, does not look good outdoors
- Turns dull over time
6. Bamboo: Natural but Pricey
How about an eco-friendly flooring alternative for your pet?
Well, bamboo is an option that keeps the superior qualities of the hardwood option yet, technically it’s a type of grass.
It has become trendy to use natural materials these days and bamboo does not disappoint.
- It is durable
- Trendy with an elegant feel
- Resistant to pee stains
- Quite pricey
- Susceptible to scratches from pets’ claws
5 Tips for Keeping Dog Floors Clean
- Place a mat under the food or bowl or water to soak up any spilled liquids
- Clean up the pee as soon as it gets to the floor
- Consider clipping the dog’s claws
- Designate a play area, place a spare mat there and train your dog to play in that area
- Dogs are known to dislike citrus-based smells so you could use one to deter the dog from peeing or pooping on your favorite carpets or mats. Your dog will be restricted to its toilet zone.
Explore these pet friendly flooring options and decide which works best for you.
Just remember some simple home cleaning remedies such as vinegar, hydrogen peroxide or liquid dish soap go a long way in keeping floor surfaces free of dog stains.
Each is dog-friendly, but unique. Take your pick and enjoy both your pets and the home flooring that is best for your home and decor.