How to Protect your Flooring while Living with Dogs

Posted on February 24th, 2014 by

There’s a reason they call dogs “man’s best friend.” You love your pet and couldn’t imagine your life without him or her, but that’s not to say that all their running and jumping around the house can’t severely damage your new flooring. We wouldn’t dream of asking you to have a puppy-free home! Instead, we have put together a list of things you can do to make your home and your flooring more dog friendly.

The most important step is picking the new household flooring to best meet the needs of your family and your pet. Vinyl flooring is one of the most popular choices among pet owners because it’s moisture resistant, not as likely to be scratched or dented and even dampens sound. However, don’t think that you have to sacrifice style for practicality. If your heart was set on hardwood know that you can get vinyl flooring that resembles a variety of different textures, including wood.

Although vinyl flooring has come a long way, some homeowners simply prefer classic materials. If this sounds like you, consider purchasing and installing hand scraped hardwood flooring. Hand scraping hardwood floors have charming and unique irregularities built into the planks to give your new floor a vintage feel. By having your floors pre-scraped, any additional markings will easily blend in.

The next couple tips have to do with how you care for your pet. First, keep your fluffy friend well groomed. It’s important to make sure that your dog gets groomed regularly to keep paws clean, hair short and nails trimmed. Dog hair can easily collect and build up in carpet making it hard to keep clean and long nails will scratch and damage any hard flooring. Also, have a designated room or area for your pet and make sure they’re potty trained. We don’t think we need to spell it out, but a housebroken pet is much easier on your new flooring! Finally, keeping toys and their bed in a smaller area of the house where there is a rug or forgivable flooring will help contain any damage.

When in doubt, always talk to a professional! The flooring experts at CMA Flooring in Carrollton, TX can answer any of your questions and assist in picking out the perfect new flooring for your home. If you have a dog, just let us know so we can make some helpful suggestions, provide tips on flooring protection, and talk to you about affordable installation so you can get your new flooring in today!

Call us at 888-262-6552 to schedule a free in-home consultation and be sure to ask us how you could get $100 off your new flooring purchase!