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Dogs and wood flooring don’t always get along. Because declawing a dog is never a good idea, you’ll have to adapt the floor to the dog and not the other way around. Nail trimming isn’t a complete remedy either because nails with blunt tips can still scrape the finish on the floor. If you’re looking for a place to stay, there are many flats/houses that are not dog-friendly which you’ll have to look out for. The best dog-friendly option is one that is completely moisture and stain-resistant.

It must be durable to resist daily wear and tear from claws and toenails. However, such flooring materials may not meet your design objectives. When choosing the correct flooring if you have dogs, you’ll need to balance design preferences, resilience to dog damage, and your willingness to deep-clean the flooring on a frequent basis. Here are some of your options.

Tiles

For dog owners, both regular ceramic tile and porcelain tiles are excellent choices. Tiles are impenetrable to stains and leakages. Simultaneously, there are tons of patterns and designs to choose from providing you a wide choice of creative possibilities for your living area. Dog urine can ruin grout lines, but this can be avoided by resealing the grout on a regular basis.

Bamboo

The majority of people are astonished to hear that bamboo is rather tougher than hardwood, making it exceptionally scratch-resistant. Because of the resins used in the manufacturing process, bamboo is also impervious to moisture and discoloration. However, some homeowners are bothered by their dog’s claws clicking audibly as they walk through it. They can also be expensive but it is possible to grab them at up to half prices during the Black Friday sales.

Luxury vinyl

Luxury vinyl flooring is a more advanced type of vinyl that comes in planks and is installed using “click-lock” methods. It is considerably thicker and more durable than regular vinyl sheet. It also has a better wear layer that is significantly more hard-wearing. Modern luxury vinyl flooring comes in a plethora of designs and is frequently difficult to discern from stone, natural wood, or ceramic flooring. Luxury vinyl flooring is a low-cost option that also decreases the “click-click” sound of doggy toes on the floor.

Cork

Another relatively recent type of flooring that can be an excellent choice for dog owners is natural cork. It’s a fantastic option for homeowners who desire the appearance of hardwood in a scratch- and stain-resistant flooring material. It also prevents bacteria and mold from growing.

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Concrete

Concrete is tough, and once treated, it’s nearly stain-proof. Rugs and area carpets can also alleviate the roughness of the surface in a living room. These pieces are simple to machine wash or change when they are ruined by your dogs. Under flooring heating systems can also help to alleviate the cold sensation that concrete floors can provide. It also absorb noise while being firm enough to resist scratches. Although, it is not 100% scratch-proof so, you should still keep your dog’s toenails trimmed. Nevertheless, it is a far superior alternative than hardwood for families with dogs.

Stone

Most types of natural stone, such as slate, have the same advantages as ceramic tile. Numerous homeowners prefer stone to ceramics because it is natural and more beautiful. Natural stone must be coated with a sealing agent to prevent penetration of water and stains. If properly cared for, it may be an excellent, long-lasting flooring option for dog owners.

 

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