Lifestyle - Pet Friendly
If you’re a dog or cat owner, you understand how closely tied your pets are to your everyday life. They belong in our homes, but the damage they can cause to your flooring is worth consideration.
With over 40 locations across the nation being locally owned and operated, we pride ourselves on our connection to our customers and our communities.
Pets on Timber Flooring
Of the timbers, hardwood flooring is best for durability, but it can still come with a set of issues. While hardy and easy to clean, timber will show up the Fido’s claw marks more so than other materials. The darker the boards are, the more prominent the scratches become. Depending on the product and sealant, timber can absorb the mess and take on the smell if left to soak for too long. Timber can also be sanded back and repaired more effectively than other products.
Pets on Vinyl
Pets find the vinyl product comfortable and easy to walk on. Its scratch resistance is ideal and an easy option for cleaning and maintenance.
Pets on Laminate
Though the scratches won’t damage your laminate like timber, the surface is more slippery under-paw. And to avoid surface damage, it’s best to pay attention to cleaning the messes sooner rather than later.
Pets on Carpet
Your pet will be grateful for the softness of the carpet, but not so much if its nails are getting stuck in the loop pile. The pilling will also show wear over time. A cut pile is preferred, but be wary of the vacuuming involved. A short pile is best for maintenance. Though carpet tiles are mainly used in commercial projects, they can be a great option in terms of maintenance, as the squares can be replaced in small areas rather than re-installing the entire room if there’s soiling or damage. Another alternative may be a cut-pile rug on your hard surface and one you don’t mind replacing.
Whether you’re looking to purchase new flooring, have questions about your existing flooring or are looking for specific maintenance information for your flooring, reach out to your local Floorworld store. For more information, visit www.floorworld.com.au or visit your local Floorworld retailer.
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