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pet friendly floors – hardwood flooring

Hardwood Flooring

Flooring Type - Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is a popular floor choice; however, some types may not be suitable for your pets. This is because most hardwood floors, even the harder types such as Brazilian Cherry (or Jatoba), can be scratched and gouged by pet nails.


  • Depending on their thickness, solid and some engineered hardwood flooring can be refinished. Refinishing can help remove floor damage from pet nails, urine or vomit


  • Can be scratched by pet nails
  • Some hardwood types dent easily
  • May expand or contract with changes in humidity or under standing water
  • Uncomfortable for pets to lie on
  • Slippery
  • Can amplify noise (consider installing a cork underlayment to reduce sound)

Pet–Friendly Flooring Tips – Hardwood Flooring

  • Add a hard urethane finish to increase protection and durability
  • Frequently reapply urethane finish to 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 rugs or mats in water–susceptible areas (such as under water dishes/bowls), in running paths, and in areas frequently visited by pets
    Note: Rugs and mats with a rubber backing may discolor hardwood flooring.