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pet friendly floors – tile flooring

Tile Flooring

Flooring Type - Tile

Pet–friendly floor tiles are generally made out of ceramic, porcelain, or stone. All of these are durable materials that resist a great deal of wear and tear. This durability and strength makes tile floors great for handling traffic from pets. In addition to being strong enough to stand up to even the largest pets, tile floors are also easy to clean.

Pros

  • Hard, scratch–resistant surface
  • When properly installed, tile is liquid resistant
  • Resists common allergens, making it great for pets and pet owners with allergies or respiratory problems
  • Can offer a cool surface for your pet to sleep on when it's warm out
  • Stain resistant
  • Easy to clean and maintain

Cons

  • Can be slippery
  • Grout may stain
  • Can amplify the sound of pet nails
  • Hard surface can be unforgiving on a pets' joints

Pet–Friendly Flooring Tips – Tile Flooring

  • Use a high–quality sealer, especially over grout lines
  • Choose a darker grout color that can help disguise staining
  • Choose tile with a high Porcelain Enamel Institute, or PEI rating*
  • Select larger floor tiles so there will be fewer grout seams (this can help reduce the risk of subfloor damage due to moisture absorption)
  • Protect your subfloor with a moisture barrier or underlayment such as cork or foam rubber
  • Immediately clean up spills, dirt, and debris
  • Choose textured tiles to reduce slips
  • Keep pets' nails trimmed
  • Put pet boots or nail caps on each pet's nails to reduce slipping and floor damage
  • Place non–slip mats or rugs in running paths or high–traffic areas

*PEI rating is used to measure the resiliency of tiles for specific areas.


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