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pet friendly floors – cork flooring

Cork Flooring

Flooring Type - Cork

Many pet owners choose cork flooring for its comfort and durability. Both pets and pet owners alike enjoy cork's pliant surface. Cork flooring is hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, making it great for pets and pet owners with allergies, asthma or respiratory sensitivity.

Pros

  • Resilient surface "gives" upon impact, which can be great for pets and people with aching joints
  • Moisture resistant when installed, sealed and properly finished
  • Sound absorbent
  • Hypoallergenic; surface resists allergens such as mites and pet dander
  • Contains Suberin, a natural insect repellent
  • Naturally antistatic
  • Antimicrobial characteristics allow cork to resist mold, fungi and bacterial growth

Cons

  • Can be scratched or gouged by heavy or long–nailed pets
  • Can expand or contract with changes in humidity

Pet–Friendly Flooring Tips – Cork Flooring

  • Clean up spills, dirt, and debris immediately
  • Keep pets' nails trimmed
  • Protect the subfloor with a moisture barrier or underlayment such as cork or foam rubber
  • Put nail caps on pets' nails to reduce floor damage
  • Repair small scratches by applying polish or urethane
  • Use non–slip mats or rugs in high–traffic pet areas, including running paths and areas beneath food and water dishes
    Note: Mats and rugs with rubber backings may discolor cork floors

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