The Comprehensive Guide for Dog-Friendly Flooring

Our pets are a part of the family.

 

And yet, dogs can cause an incredible amount of wear and tear to a home – particularly when it comes to the floor. When picking a new floor for your home, it’s important to take the habits and needs of your furry friends into consideration as well.

Today, we’re going to outline everything you need to know about how to keep your pets and home taken care of.

First, let’s review the things pet owners need from a floor.

What do dog owners need from their floor?

 

 

  • Allergen Resistant

Pets are covered in fur. Unfortunately, not all their fur stays securely glued to their body. Even when indoor pets are brushed regularly, it’s likely you’ll notice that fur still sheds around the house. To prevent your indoor air quality from becoming stifled from pet fur, invest in an allergen resistant floor like Bamboo or hardwood.

 

  • Resistant to Moisture

New pets occasionally have accidents in the house. Even once pets are potty trained, however, it’s not uncommon for wet paws and damp fur to leave tracks across flooring. If you expect to teach housetraining to pets or have animals that enjoy playing in the water or mud, it’s best to pick a floor that is resistant to moisture.

 

  • Muffles Noise

Homeowners with active pets know that the sound of running paws and scratching nails can be disturbing during quiet hours or low-noise activities.

  • Easy to Clean

Even the most well-behaved pets make messes. Shredded toys, paw prints, and tracked in dirt are just a few of the pet messes dedicated animal owners find themselves cleaning. To avoid spending more time cleaning your floor than enjoying it, install a floor that’s easy to clean like bamboo or vinyl.

 

 

 

Dog-Friendly Floors We Recommend:

If you’re shopping for a new floor and aren’t necessarily sure which type of material is best for you, take a look at the top flooring materials we recommend for pet owners:

 

  • Vinyl

Easy to clean, install, and replace, vinyl is great for pet owners on a limited budget.

  • Bamboo

A naturally allergen resistant floor, bamboo gives homeowners all the beautify of having a wood floor without the elevated cost of purchasing authentic timber. It should be noted, though, that bamboo can be sensitive to moisture and should be covered with rugs to prevent damage from scratching nails and moisture.

 

  • Hardwood

The classic flooring choice, hardwood floors are incredibly durable if protective measures are put in place to protect them from the day-to-day habits of pets. When cared for properly, hardwood can last anywhere from 80-100 years, depending on the species of wood used. On the downside, hardwood is incredibly sensitive to moisture and can be prone to scratches.

 

  • Tile

 

Durable, easy to install, and resistant to moisture, tile is a great choice for homeowners with active pets. The only cons to go with tile is that it is particularly expensive compared to the other flooring options we’ve mentioned, and can be quite cold to the touch in cooler months.

  • Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood flooring is an affordable alternative to traditional hardwood, and is generally easier to install because it can be placed directly on subfloors and in basements. That said, it is also sensitive to moisture and will require the same maintenance as hardwood flooring.

 

9Tips for Keeping Floors Protected

 

  • Use Rugs

Whatever type of floor covering you choose for your home, rugs will keep a protective layer between your floor and your pets.

  • Keep Pet Nails Trimmed

Trimming your pet nails is a critical part of protecting your floors from scratches. Take your dogs to the groomers regularly to prevent their nails from growing long enough to scratch your floors.

  • Housetraining is Key

There’s no point to installing a new floor if it will become stained by pets that aren’t housetrained. If you don’t have an outdoor space for your pets, consider changing to a new floor after your pets have been housetrained properly.

 

  • Clean up Indoor Accidents Immediately

Sometimes, pets just can’t make it outside when they have to go. While this is more common in puppies and new pets, older animals can sometimes have indoor accidents. Clean up any indoor accidents immediately to prevent stains and smells from ruining your floor.

 

  • Prepare for the Dirt

Pets love getting dirty. Mud, dust, and anything else that can easily dirty your home seem to be the top choices for pet playgrounds. As a pet owner, you know that pets will track dirt indoors – be prepared for the mess by adding protective rugs to your entryways or by cleaning off your pet before they’re allowed back in the house.

 

  • Spills from Food and Water Bowls

Over eager pets can accidentally tip their food and water bowls over as they rush to consume their breakfast and dinner. Prevent food debris and water from dirtying your floor by placing place mats underneath your pet’s food and water bowls.

 

  • Vacuum and Sweep Often

Even with a pet-friendly floor like hardwood, it’s likely you’ll have quite a regular supply of fur on your floors. To prevent your house from being overcome by pet hair, vacuum or sweep regularly. For homes with carpet, it’s recommended you vacuum daily to prevent fur from becoming trapped in the fibers.

 

  • Brush your Pets Regularly

Prevent fur from going everywhere by brushing your pets regularly.

 

  • Demolish Destructive Behaviors

Some pets have a lot of anxiety when their owners are gone, which causes them to go into a destructive frenzy. Don’t let your new floor be destroyed by beloved pets due to poor training – teach your pets that destructive behavior (like digging and chewing) is not allowed indoors.

 

 

With a little time, training, and preparation, you and your pet can live together flawlessly in your home. If you’re shopping for dog friendly flooring in Sydney, contact our showroom to get information on the most durable pet-friendly flooring brands we carry.

Four Floors For Furry Friends

Australians really love their animal amigos.

In fact, the country boasts one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world.

Over 63% of Aussie households include a furry friend. Because four (and two) legged friends tend to be harder on floors than us humans, the constant pitter-patter of paws can cause some nasty wear and tear.

Unless you’re prepared to parade your pooch around socks or lay down plenty of rugs, you’ll need to pick a pet-friendly floor to keep your home and animals happy.

 

If you own animals, a pet friendly floor is a must

 

 Why Hardwood?

Hardwood (or solid timber) floors are popular flooring products, but there’s bad news – they’re very not pet-friendly, particularly in homes with animals that haven’t been potty trained.

Solid timber tends to soak up moisture; repeated ‘accidents’ can cause long-term damage to your floors, leaving odd odors and stains.

 

 

USE: Set on hardwood?  The tougher the wood, the more likely it will withstand the active life of a household pet. Oak, Cherry, Mahogany, and Jarrah are all ideal timber species for pet-friendly homes, but be sure to check the Janka Hardness Scale before selecting a floor.

AVOID: Softer woods like pine and chestnut, which tend to be more absorbent to stains and scratches.

 


If you already have hardwood floors, don’t fret; you can get a urethane coating to add an extra layer between pet paws and the surface of your timber planks.

The Laminate Lowdown

Affordable and easy to install, laminate floors are popular for short-notice DIY projects, rental homes, and apartment units. Unlike hardwood, laminate won’t soak up moisture from indoor pet accidents, but doesn’t offer the decades of durability that homeowners would see with solid timber floors. Despite being easy to maintain, note that laminate can tear easily and generally last 10-15 years.

 

Brilliant Bamboo

 

Tougher than the hardest of hardwoods, Bamboo is the perfect flooring choice for people and pets alike. It’s incredibly robust, which means it can handle loads of foot traffic from both two and four legged housemates. It’s also the “greener” choice compared the most flooring options thanks to its renewable, long-lasting nature. Bamboo flooring is superbly stain resistant, protecting you against accidental spills during potty training.

 

What About Cork?

Cork is almost a super-floor. This hardwearing flooring hero helps insulate your home and is made from environmentally friendly, entirely sustainable material. As a natural antimicrobial, cork improves indoor air quality by prohibiting airborne spores (like mold) to contaminate your home. Its sound-absorbing qualities enables cork flooring to reduce the sound of midnight pitter-patter of active pets, and is soft underfoot for paws and feet alike.

Which floor do you think is most pet-friendly? Let us know in the comments below!