For many of us, life wouldn’t be complete without our pets. They’re our best friends and constant companions. However, when you have a hardwood floor, pets (especially dogs) can be hard on your floor. Since most warranties don’t cover pet-related damage to your hardwood, what’s a pet-loving homeowner to do? Don’t worry. Here are a few simple ways to balance your love for Fido with the great look of hardwood flooring:
  • Keep your pet’s nails trimmed. You can pick up a pair of claw trimmers at any pet store, or most vets will perform the service for $5-$10. If you aren’t comfortable trimming their claws, consider applying a soft gel-based cap to keep your furry friend from skittering across your hardwood floor.
  • Use rugs and runners. Floor coverings can prevent regular wear-and-tear from pets and people alike. Pets often prefer to walk on the softer, non-skid surface of rugs over hardwood. Try to avoid rubber backed or non-ventilated rugs.
  • Give your dog plenty of exercise. Most dog-related flooring damage comes from when dogs try to run. They can’t get traction on the slippery wood, so their nails dig in and scratch. Solution? Wear them out in the yard so they aren’t as inclined to run around indoors. Besides saving your floors, it makes for great bonding time for you and your pet—and good exercise, too.
  • Be attentive to spills. Puddles of standing water, like excessive liquid from water bowls, can damage your hardwood flooring. Use an absorbent pad under water bowls and clean up any spills as soon as you see them. Also make sure to do the same for pet-related accidents.
  • For cats, make sure you provide lots of scratching posts. While they typically don’t put a dent in hardwood floors, they can do some damage to your carpet. Add a little catnip to make it a sweeter deal for your cat.
If your pet does manage to damage your hardwood floors, not all is lost. The beauty of hardwood is that it can be repaired in isolated spots or, if needed, sanded and refinished, buffing out those imperfections.
Need help selecting a hardwood or vinyl floor? We’d love to help. Contact Tish Flooring, an Indianapolis hardwood flooring company. We really take the time to understand your lifestyle and your flooring needs before recommending a product that’s right for you. Contact us at 317-879-TISH.