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pet friendly floors – bamboo flooring

Bamboo Flooring

Flooring Type - Bamboo

Some types of bamboo floors, such as strand–woven bamboo, are strong enough to handle pet scratching and occasional accidents from medium to large animals. Softer bamboo floors may be up to the task of wear and tear of smaller pets, such as cats and small dogs. However, note that high traffic and accidents may dent and damage the flooring. When shopping, make sure you choose bamboo flooring that is durable enough to withstand your pet's wear and tear.


  • Bamboo floors can be refinished to help remove damage caused by pet nails or waste
  • Durable bamboo floor types (such as strand woven) can withstand a higher level of pet wear and tear


  • Can be scratched by pets with long or sharp nails
  • Can expand and contract when exposed to moisture or pooling liquids
  • Surface may be slippery
  • Can amplify noise

Pet–Friendly Flooring Tips – Bamboo Flooring

  • Add a hard urethane finish to increase durability
  • Urethane finish can be applied to help repair small scratches
  • Clean up spills, dirt and debris immediately
  • Protect the subfloor with a moisture barrier or underlayment* such as cork or foam rubber
  • Keep pets' nails trimmed
  • Put pet boots or nail caps on your pets to reduce slippage and floor damage
  • Use non–slip mats or rugs in water and moisture susceptible areas (such as kitchen and bathroom) and in areas where pets run or frequently visit
    Note: Mats and rugs with rubber backing may discolor bamboo flooring.

*Underlayment is the layer of material between the subfloor and the flooring being installed.