Having pets, such as dogs and cats, in the house not only brings happiness, but also worries. The reason is, some pets have a very agile behavior that is difficult to supervise. Because of their agility, they often get hurt and damage things at home. For example, the floor of the house.
There are two types of flooring problems that pet owners often faced. First, the damage caused by toenails or animal claws. Second, liquid or solid spills by pets. To avoid this problem, it is easy to choose ceramic or home flooring that is friendly and safe for pets. A pet-safe home floor is one that is completely damp, stain-resistant, and extremely hard to resist damage from claws and toenails. Not only that, the floor of the house must also non-slip to prevent injury to pets. Here are five recommendations for pet-safe floors.
Concrete floors are sometimes considered hard and industrial, but this perception is changing. Concrete can be an excellent flooring for many homes, especially those with modern décor. Concrete floors are virtually impervious to pet stains. If pieces of floor are damaged by pets, they are fairly easy to wash or machine replace.
Radiant under the heating system can also eliminate the cold that appears on the concrete floor. Note that polished concrete floors can make the underside slippery and this is not the best choice if your dog likes to run around in the house. As is known, some dogs suffer from hip injuries due to slipping on slippery floors.
Ceramic floors, both traditional ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles, are great options for pet owners. This is because the material is so durable that the largest dog claws and the sharpest cat claws will not be able to damage it. If you use glossy ceramic, the material is also resistant to stains and liquids.
Many people find stone more natural and attractive than ceramic. Natural stone needs to treated with sealing chemicals to make it resistant to water penetration and stains. Natural stone floors are also great and durable for pet owners. However, avoid polished and honed materials such as marble and granite, as they can scratch under your pet’s nails. Instead, choose natural products, such as slate and limestone, which have rougher texture. Also, choose multi-colored stones to help hide dirt and hair.
Luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) is an improved form of tough vinyl that comes in plank form and assembled with “click lock” system. It is thicker and more durable than standard vinyl sheet or vinyl tile flooring. In addition, LVF also has a better wear layer and more resistant to scratches. This is an excellent flooring material for homes with pets. This floor is safe while reducing the “click-click” sound of pet’s toenails on the floor.
Natural cork is a new type of flooring. This is a good choice for homeowners who want a hardwood look that is resistant to scratches and stains. Cork floors can also resist the growth of bacteria and fungi, are tough enough to absorb sound, and quite resistant to scratches. Not only that, cork flooring is also an excellent choice for pet owners. However, this type of flooring is non-scratch so you should take care of your pet’s toenails.