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A Guide to the Best Pet Friendly Flooring for Your Home

Many of us have a four-legged friend. In fact, approximately 50% of the UK has a pet according to a recent survey. The most popular of these pets are dogs, followed by cats, rabbits and even indoor birds. While there’s no doubt our furry friends improve our lives, the same cannot be said about our flooring. Pets can leave scratches, marks or even urine damage on your favourite floorboards. To combat this, we look at the best pet friendly flooring and additional advice to protect your floor.

What to look for in pet friendly flooring

Whether you have any pet from a dog to a guinea pig, the main priorities to consider is to look for flooring that is:

  • Comfortable and not too slippery for your pet to walk on
  • Resistant to scratches
  • Stain or water resistant
  • Good value for money (should replacements occur)

The best pet friendly flooring

Based on the above factors, we’ve ranked the most pet friendly flooring from best to worst.

  1. Vinyl

In first place, vinyl flooring ticks all boxes. It is the best flooring for pets that have accidents as it is completely water resistant. If your pet’s claws are long, there’s also no need to worry as vinyl is scratch resistant as well. On top of this, you can get cushioned vinyl which is soft underfoot and comfortable for your pets. Finally, it’s one of the cheapest types of flooring available.

Related: Vinyl Floor Care: How to Clean & Repair Vinyl Flooring

  1. Laminate

Laminate flooring has earnt second place due to its affordability and water resistance. It looks the same as solid wood while being less prone to damage and scratches. Laminate flooring for dogs is ideal because if your pet has an accident, you can quickly wipe it clean without any damage occurring.

  1. Carpet

The main benefit of carpet is that it’s soft underfoot and will be comfortable for whichever pet you own, you also don’t have to worry about any scratches with carpet. However, carpet is susceptible to stain and are more difficult to clean than a laminate or vinyl floor, so this may be one to avoid if your pets aren’t house trained.

  1. Solid Wood

Although solid wood flooring leaves a stunning and authentic finish, it’s not a particularly pet friendly flooring. This is because this floor is susceptible to water damage and could swell or rise should your pet have any accidents. It’s also prone to scratches which could damage your flooring and is one of the most expensive floors to renew.

What wood flooring is best for pets?

If you’d still rather have solid wood floors, some woods are better to use than others. The trick is to go for a floor with a high hardness scale, as softwood floors are more likely to scratch. Therefore, the best wood floor for pets include:

  • Oak
  • Walnut
  • Mahogany
  • Bamboo

Other tips to look after your flooring:

  • Get a rug to cover any stains or scratches on your floor.
  • Clip your pets’ claws regularly to keep scratches and marks down to a minimum.
  • Clean up any spillages/accidents immediately after they happen to avoid water damage, this is especially important with solid wood or carpet.
  • Add a coating of polyurethane to solid floors; this adds as a waterproof sealant to protect your flooring.
  • If you have lots of scratches on your solid wood floor, you can sand and refinish your floorboards to look good as new!