If you’re lucky enough to have a pet at home, then you know how rewarding it can be. But having a dog or a cat at home with you definitely takes it toll on your flooring!
So here we’re going to take a look at some flooring options that might make life a little easier for you and your pet!
High quality vinyl flooring (which I bought from discountflooringdepot.co.uk) has been recognised as the best flooring for homeowners with dogs. Installed properly vinyl will wear well, with no scratches or tears, and with its water-resistant qualities is a cinch to clean.
Pets often have accidents, especially puppies that are at the beginning of dog training, but with waterproof flooring it is easy to clean what sometimes cannot be helped. Simply use vinyl flooring that would leave no smell after it is cleaned and wiped away immediately and therefore all accidents are sure to go unnoticed.
Even everyday spillages will not ruin the vinyl flooring. So, if your dog loves jumping into every puddle possible, this flooring is sure to withstand its moisture!
It also comes in an array of colours, patterns and designs. So, whatever you taste in interiors, you can choose vinyl that looks like the real thing and will continue to do so even after years of wear and tear from the pets – and the kids as well!
Durable tile and stone
If you’re only interested in your own ease and comfort, then ceramic and porcelain tiles or natural stone flooring is definitely the best floor for dogs and cats. Tough, stain resistant, water resistant and easy to clean – this type of flooring can stand up to anything. Cats won’t mind it too much either, they can always find a soft chair or bed to curl up on, but dogs can find a tile or stone floor pretty hard and uncomfortable… Cold too unless you have radiant underfloor heating, if you go with tile or stone be sure to get plenty of rugs put down in strategic places!
Good old carpet
Do pets and carpet really get along? If you already have children, and you’re familiar with accidents and spillages – then you can bet that the answer is no! Although, we’re sure if you asked your pets which flooring they would choose they would tell you carpet every time! Soft, comfortable and warm, why wouldn’t they prefer to lay on a deep plush carpet over a rock hard, cold tile? And if nothings too good for your pets then go for it, but on a practical level this is the flooring that’s most likely to take the worst beating from your pets.
Look for a stain and, as far as possible, odour resistant carpet to give you maximum protection against dirt tracked in from outside and any urine accidents. Nylon and polyester carpets are a good place to start before making sure they have built in stain protection.