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Best Flooring Options for Pet Owners: Durable & Stylish Solutions

Best Flooring Options for Pet Owners: Durable & Stylish Solutions

When it comes to home improvements, selecting the right flooring is important especially if you have pets in the home. Dealing with scratches from their claws, the importance of cleaning and the necessity for water resistance are all considerations for pet owners. This guide delves into options that address these concerns while maintaining a stylish and cosy home atmosphere.

Close-up of a cat tail on elegant solid parquet blocks

Pet-Friendly Flooring Options

SPC, LVT, and Laminate Flooring

Benefits for Pet Owners

  • Durability: Both SPC (Stone Polymer Composite) and LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) have exceptional durability and scratch resistance, with specially formulated coatings, that are vital in a household with pets.
  • Water Resistance: These materials are not only water-resistant but in many cases, 100% waterproof, making them ideal for times when there’s an accident or wet paws.
  • Ease of Maintenance: Vinyl and laminate floors are easy to clean and maintain, requiring only regular sweeping and occasional mopping with mild, pet-friendly floor cleaners.

Product Recommendations

While real wood floors offer unparalleled beauty, they might not be the most practical choice for pet owners. Instead, opting for SPC, LVT, or laminate can provide the durability and water resistance needed for a pet-friendly home without sacrificing on style.

Real Wood Flooring

Sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants, and if you're set on real wood flooring for the natural beauty it will bring to your home here’s our advice on the finishes to go for.

Suitable Finishes for Pets

  • Brushed Finishes: We recommend opting for a brushed finish on a real wood floor as this can help mask any potential scratches, integrating them into the floor's natural texture and look.

Choice of Top Coats

    • Lacquered Finish: Offers better water resistance and overall better seal, protecting the wood from spills and accidents. We always recommend checking a sample first as not all lacquers are the same or have the same amount of coats.
    • Oiled Finish with a coat of Hardwax Oil: Although requiring more maintenance but easier to repair, an oiled finish that has a good hardwax oil coating once laid will keep your floors looking fresh without the need for complete refinishing.

Maintenance Tips

  • Regular cleaning with a soft broom or vacuum with a hardwood floor attachment can prevent dirt and grit from scratching the surface.
  • Immediate cleaning of spills and controlling humidity levels will help maintain the integrity of the wood.

Choosing the right flooring for a home with pets does not mean compromising on style or your love for wood. With the right finish and care, even wood floors can be a viable option for pet owners. However, for ease and less worry, materials like SPC, LVT, and laminate might be the better choices as they give the aesthetic of wood flooring with more durability and protection. Each option offers unique benefits and can be tailored to fit the aesthetics and practical needs of any home.


About Floor Warehouse

Welcome to Floor Warehouse, where spaces are transformed. Experts in a wide range of premium flooring options, we have an exquisite selection of solid and engineered wood flooring, vinyl floors in both LVT and SPC along with laminate to suit every style and need. Floor Warehouse’s commitment to sustainability and durability ensures that each product not only uplifts your interiors but stands the test of time. From the initial browse to the final click, our easy-to-navigate online store makes finding your perfect floor a delightful experience. Join us in redefining spaces with flooring that speaks of quality and design.

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