Linoleum Flooring Benefits for Pet Owners

Thursday November 06, 2008
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Pets can damage even durable surfaces over time, so it makes sense to select flooring that is tough and economical. Linoleum is a good option for pet owners who want pet-friendly flooring but don't want a high price tag. The cost of linoleum materials, installation, repair and replacement is typically less than that of other floor types such as bamboo, hardwood, stone, and cork.

Linoleum is Green-Friendly

Linoleum flooring is made primarily from natural materials. These materials include rosins, natural jute backing, wood flour, and linseed oil. Since all of these materials are biodegradable and renewable, linoleum is considered a green-friendly floor.

Perfect for Allergy Sufferers

The organic materials used to make linoleum contribute to its hypoallergenic and antibacterial qualities. Linoleum's surface resists allergens such as dust, pet dander, waste from cockroaches and mites (their skin and feces), mold and fungi growth. These characteristics make linoleum a popular choice in many hospitals, health care facilities, and residences. With linoleum, you and your pets will be able to enjoy better air quality.

Durable and Comfortable

The surface of high-quality linoleum is resistant to most pet traffic, withstanding the scratching of pet nails with ease. In fact, the longer linoleum is exposed to air, the more durable the surface becomes. This is thanks to the linseed oil used in production, which hardens during the oxidation process. (Oxidation refers to the chemical reaction that takes place when the floor is exposed to oxygen.)

Despite linoleum's durability, it's surprisingly comfortable underfoot. Pets, kids, and pet owners with aching joints can enjoy walking and standing on a linoleum surface.

Color and Patterns

In addition to being highly-resilient and cost-effective, linoleum comes in an almost limitless number of colors. The color of linoleum is created by combining multiple shades in order to achieve a single color. This shade is applied throughout the linoleum, from top to bottom (unlike laminate, where the color is only applied on the top layer). The result is flooring that can withstand heavier pet wear and tear with less risk of fading.

Finding pet-friendly flooring that complements your lifestyle and home décor may not be so challenging after all!


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