Hardwood Floors and Pets

August 12, 2021 10:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Hardwood floors are a great choice for almost any home. They look great and are easy to clean. That said, having pets means you’ll have to choose the right type of hardwood floor. You don’t want to invest in a softer wood like pine or cherry, as these are quite easy to scratch. If you invest in a softer type of wood, you may find yourself constantly having to sand out scratches. This could also result in expensive repairs over time. Instead, consider going with a stronger type of wood like hard maple, white oak or hickory.

Even after choosing a strong wood for your hardwood floors, it’s important to take proper care of them. Dogs and cats can still damage strong wood flooring if you aren’t careful. Read on for tips on making your hardwood floors more friendly for your pets:

  • You can’t rub out scratches: The only way to get rid of deep scratches in your hardwood floors is by sanding them out. This is a long and complicated process, as it usually involves sanding the entire room unless you’re okay with a noticeable indentation in your floor. You could contact a professional flooring company to get rid of the scratch, though this can get expensive, depending on how bad the scratch is. That’s why it’s best to avoid scratches in the first place.
  • Apply multiple layers of finish: One of the best ways to avoid scratches from pets is by applying several layers of top-quality finish. Scratches made into the finish, as opposed to the wood itself, are much easier to fix. Be sure to consult with a professional before adding extra layers of finish to your hardwood floors.
  • Invest in scratch-resistant finish: There are several types of wood finish that claim to be scratch resistant. Be sure to do your research on any of these products before making a purchase, as applying certain types of scratch-resistant finishes could result in a cloudy-looking floor.
  • Keep your furry friend’s nails trimmed: It’s important to keep your pet’s nails trimmed, for many reasons. Not only is it good for them, but it’s also great for your floors. Properly trimmed pet nails have less chance of scratching hardwood floors. If you don’t have time to properly trim your pet’s nails, consider bringing them to a professional groomer from time to time.

Taking care of accidents

No matter how well trained your pet is, accidents can happen. These accidents can sometimes result in large stains on your hardwood floors. That’s why it’s important to take care of an accident as soon as you notice it. When left too long, pet urine can cause major stains that are hard to get rid of. When you notice an accident, clean the area, then cover it with white vinegar. Let the vinegar dry completely.

If your pet is frequently having accidents, it’s important to correct this behavior. Offer your pet some positive reinforcement when they use the bathroom outside. You might also consider enrolling them in a training program.

If you have more questions about pets and hardwood floors, or you’re in need of hardwood flooring repairs or installation, contact SNR First Rate Floors today.

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