Most pet owners know that choosing carpet to cover their floors is not always the easiest flooring to keep up with pets in the house. Vinyl, bamboo and stone tile can offer valuable floor covering options for those with pets, as many of these options are durable, stain resistant, and easy to clean.
Older vinyl floor covering wasn’t hardy enough to stand up to the wear and tear of pets, but new vinyl is one of the best floor covering options for pet owners. It is soft enough to muffle the sound of pet nails and is very easy to clean. It also doesn’t soak up urine and other spills. Vinyl is one of the least expensive types of floor covering and it tends to hold up well over time.
Ceramic and stone tile are also good choices for covering your floors. They aren’t porous, so you don’t have to worry about spills soaking into the floor. Stone tile is one of the most durable surfaces available, and it holds up well even with a group of large dogs. Tile can be cleaned easily with a mop, leaving your pets free to go to the park and get a little dirty from time to time without causing lasting damage to your home’s interior. The biggest concern that pet owners with ceramic or stone tile floors have is that the floors tend to be chilly. This can be remedied using strategically placed dog beds and throw rugs.
At first, laminate flooring may seem like a good choice for pet owners because it doesn’t scratch easily, and it’s reasonably easy to clean. The only issue with this floor covering is that it tends to be very slippery when wet. Pets may have trouble walking on this type of surface, especially if they are old and not well coordinated. Laminate is also cold like tile, so using throw rugs can make the floor warmer and easier for your pets to walk on.
Wood and Bamboo
Bamboo and wood flooring can be excellent choices for pet owners if the floor covering is treated and cared for properly. Bamboo is also naturally stain resistant and more durable than many hardwoods. As a completely renewable resource, you’re doing the environment a favor as well.
Hardwood floor coverings stain easily and are often a less durable choice than other options. Coating your hardwood floor with urethane can make it resistant to water and help to protect the floor from being scratched by pet nails. Some pretreated wood is specifically designed to be durable and resistant to water, making this type of flooring suitable for most pets.