Your pets are members of your family, and you want to keep them comfortable and happy in their home, while avoiding hours of scrubbing and cleaning when they enthusiastically shake their wet fur everywhere! There are plenty of low maintenance flooring options available, and you may be surprised at which are the most durable. Check out this guide to see what type of flooring would be best for you and your pet.
Carpet is a viable option, being soft, inexpensive and easy to clean. However, it can be tricky to keep a carpet completely free from pet fur and stains, particularly if you opt for a deep pile carpet, have a dog that enjoys muddy walks, or your pet sheds excessively. It also creates an environment ideal for harbouring fleas, so regular cleaning and vacuuming is essential, as is making sure your pets are well-groomed. If you do opt for carpet, tiles are a good choice as you can replace them one by one if they get damaged.
Although you might have vetoed wood flooring on the basis that your pet may scratch it, it is a viable option and it’s entirely possible for wood flooring and pets to live in perfect harmony. Opt for flooring without a high sheen and keep your pet’s claws clipped.
Tile and stone floors are very low maintenance, and easier to clean than carpet. They are also less likely to harbour fleas and don’t hold onto pet fur, making them a good option if you live with people with allergies. Cleaning them regularly will ensure they remain in tiptop condition.
Despite what some people might think, cork isn’t only useful in wine bottles. It’s actually a beautiful and durable flooring choice that works well with pets, due to its natural resistance. It’s also hypoallergenic and soft. Cork floors resist most scratching and damage from claws and paws, making it ideal for households with furry friends.
Laminate is inexpensive and water-resistant. Spills and stains can be cleaned in just a minute or two, and scratches are usually less noticeable than on hardwood flooring.