Floors for Pets
Thursday February 19, 2009
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What floor is best suited for your pet? Before you can properly answer this question, you need to look at the facts: What kind of pet(s) do you have? Is your pet(s) prone to accidents? If yes, how often? Once you've addressed each of these and other related questions, you can start to think seriously about purchasing new flooring for your home.
Buying floors for pets' needs is not unusual or uncommon; in fact, almost 50% of all pet owners remodel their homes to accommodate their pets. Suitable floors for pets such as dogs and cats include linoleum and vinyl flooring. Both are highly durable and resistant to staining as a result of spilled water and pet accidents. They can also handle a high level of foot traffic without denting or scratching. If this wasn't enough reason to install linoleum and vinyl floors in your home, they are also much more affordable than most tile, hardwood and bamboo floor types.
Wood floors are not often recommended for pets as they can expand and contract upon contact with water and humidity. Since pets are known to knock over water bowls and track in water and mud, hardwood flooring may not be a good match for your home. Although bamboo floors are made with grass and not wood, they are still susceptible to movement upon moisture content. Cork floors are made with bark from the cork oak tree and may not be recommended for installation in kitchens and bathrooms.
Other ideal floors for pets are tile and stone floors. When properly sealed, tile and stone flooring can resist both staining and scratching. They can also be textured to help minimize slips and falls for both you and your pet. Most tile and stone types are suitable for installation in all household areas, including on, above and below grade (e.g. basements) environments.
No matter what floor type you choose, you should always maintain your floors with non-toxic cleaning products. Keep in mind that pets sleep, eat, and play on floor surfaces the majority of the time that they are indoors. You can help keep them safe and healthy by using cleaning products that will not harm them if ingested or inhaled.
For more tips on how to maintain pet-friendly flooring, visit FindAnyFloor.com's section on Pet-Friendly flooring.
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