Putting Your Pet First
- Use non-toxic cleaners.
- For pet allergies, use a HEPA filter vacuum.
- Trim your pet's nails to protect your floors.
- Keep slippery surfaces dry.
- Does your warranty cover pet damage?
Pet–friendly flooring is essential for the modern home as 63% of households in the U.S. have
adopted an animal into the family. When purchasing new floors for your living space, why not keep all family members in mind,
even the four–legged ones? Pet–friendly flooring
means increased comfort for the animals in your home and easier cleaning for you.
It's important that you choose a floor that can handle the possible wear and tear of your pet. At the end of the day, the
less pet disasters and clean–up you have to do, the better. Plus, choosing pet–friendly flooring can mean a
healthier, longer life for your pet.
Tough Floors for Tough Pets
Depending on your pet's needs, you may need to choose a more durable floor surface. Floor types made from woody materials
such as hardwood, bamboo and laminate, are available with higher–strength surfaces, while stone and tile are frequently
favored for their unmatched durability. You may also want to consider resilient flooring such as linoleum and vinyl. There
are many floor options to choose from; it's worth learning the differences so you can determine which one is right for your
pet, your taste, and your lifestyle.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
VOCs are carbon–based, chemical compounds that can be found in a number of floor adhesives, floor materials and
cleaners. Tests conducted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have proven that indoor air contains 2
to 5 times more VOCs than outdoor air. Some symptoms of VOC exposure include headache, an increase in asthma attacks, eye
irritation, pneumonia, coughing, and fatigue. Many floor professionals now make their products VOC–free so that you
have the option of reducing the amount of toxins in your home.
Green–Friendly Flooring Options
Choosing "green," or environmentally friendly flooring is a great way to do something good for the environment and your
pet's health. Many floors that live up to green standards are also VOC free, which means better air quality for you and your
pets. While you're at it, choose a pet–friendly floor that is also hypoallergenic (allergen–resistant), such as
laminate or cork. These are ideal for both animals and people with respiratory problems.
When purchasing floor for pets, you may have
difficulty finding a floor with a warranty that covers pet damage. Be sure to address this concern when consulting
manufacturers, retailers and installers. At the very least, you should make sure that your new floor's warranty won't be
voided entirely if you have a pet.
Pet Friendly Flooring Information | Help
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and your pets.
- Care – Learn how to care for and maintain
your pet–friendly flooring.
- Eco-Friendly – Want to go green and be
pet-friendly? Let us help you find the best floors for you.
- FAQ – Get your basic questions
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- Flooring Buying Guides – Use our buyers guides to help you
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- Flooring Installation Guides – Let us guide you
through installing your pet–friendly floor.
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