Pets and your hardwood floors

Our four legged friends and hardwood floors.

These days having a hardwood floor is a popular choice, so is having a dog to have as a friend in your home. Sometimes they can be pretty tough on your hardwood, but you’re not going to get rid of your pet, so, many people ask me, “what’s the best way to protect my hardwood floor from scratches from my dog?”

One of the first things I recommend is to always keep Fido’s nails trimmed. This is very helpful so then Fido’s nails cannot dig into the floor and damage the wood. So a trip to the groomer can save you some money in the future. Play fetch outside, may seem basic, but your floors and your dog will love you for it.

If you are about to choose a floor to be installed, go with a floor with more character, such as an oak. The variance of grain and colour would “hide” the scratches.

Also, the darker the stain of the floor, the more it will show scratches. That goes for scratches caused by anything, including dogs. So perhaps you can choose a lighter stain or lighter species of wood.

As well, a lower sheen finish such as matte, or satin will show less scratches, thereby minimizing the appearance of the scratches.

You could also get a recoat earlier in the life of your floor, thereby extending the life your floor. This would add more protection and hide some of the scratches.

The most important thing to do, though, is prepare yourself for scratches. Unfortunately they will happen, but you can minimize them, and still enjoy your floors and your four legged friends.

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