the best pet friendly flooring ideas from carpetright
Most pet owners are aware of how notoriously messy their animals can be and here in the UK, this couldn’t be more true. As a nation of furry friend aficionados (in 2017 a whopping 44% of British households owned a pet) we’ll do anything to ensure our dogs and cats are cosy, comfortable and content at home, but often give little thought to pet-friendly flooring options.
Pets can wreak havoc on the floors around them. The scrapes and scuffs caused by sharp claws, the stains produced from not making it to the toilet in time and the carpet fibres clogged with mud and dirt after a rainy day at the park are just some examples of how floors can easily be ruined by your beloved critters.
But you don’t have to spend hours scrubbing the kitchen floor or buffing out scratches when you have the right pet-friendly flooring. We’ve compiled a list of some of Carpetright’s best and most affordable flooring for pets (including laminate, vinyl and carpet) in a bid to help you make the right decision, both in terms of comfort for your animals and ease of cleaning. That way, your four-legged friends can continue to play and you can spend less time crying over spilt milk!
different types of pet-friendly flooring
To ensure maximum comfort for your pet, you could opt for a cut pile carpet. Although requiring a little bit more effort when it comes to cleaning compared to hard flooring, carpet offers a comfortable, soft landing for your pets and comes in various colours and styles to suit your tastes. Plus, you’ll be pleased to know that carpet tiles are surprisingly easy to replace so if the odd spillage or stubborn stain does occur, there’s an easy solution and no need to fret. Just make sure to avoid cord or loop pile carpets, as your furry friends could get a claw stuck in the loops and tear the carpet or their claw!
Laminate is also another sensible choice for pet owners because of its water-resistant, easy-to-clean properties. Muddy paws and the shaking of rain-sodden fur don’t have to leave you scrubbing the floor for half an hour; try two or three minutes of effortless wiping when you’ve got laminate flooring. Another pro is that when scratches inevitably do occur, they are typically less noticeable.
Luxury Vinyl Tile
Luxury Vinyl Tile (commonly referred to as LVT) is an affordable alternative to wood or stone and the first choice for many pet owners. Why? LVT is famously hard-wearing and perfect for combatting daily wear and tear. Its scratch-resistant and waterproof properties mean that the odd scrapes and scuffs caused by tail-waggers and mouse-chasers can be removed easily. Choose from a wide variety of different effects to complement your house décor.
Affordable and animal-friendly, vinyl flooring often nabs the number one spot for pet-friendly flooring. Not only is it inexpensive and able to be installed anywhere in your house, vinyl flooring is also resistant to scratches and stains caused by mucky pups and playful felines. It’s also fairly noise-resistant and quick and easy to clean.
Removable and easily cleaned, rugs offer a pet-friendly flooring alternative that appeals to a lot of animal owners. Should they get spoiled, rugs can be cleaned separately and even thrown away if necessary without directly impacting the rest of the floor. They also double up as beds for your pets, meaning any mess they make can be concentrated to one small area and therefore reduce the amount of time and effort spent cleaning.
how to keep pet-friendly floors clean
At some point, spillages and staining will inevitably occur. To help with that, we’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to help keep pet-friendly flooring clean and free from dirt, muck and grime.
- Sharp claws can often do the most damage to surfaces so be sure to clip your animals’ nails regularly.
- Make sure you wipe up any accidents or spillages immediately after they’ve happened to lessen the effect they’ll have on the floor.
- Put mats underneath food and water bowls to avoid surface-scratching and unnecessary liquid spillages.
- Flooring unfortunately loses its shine fairly quickly. Be sure to refinish or condition your floors once a year if possible as that will help to protect and preserve them.
- Sometimes pets can become a little too playful inside! Try to designate a particular room/area of the house as your pet’s “play area” to make sure scuffs and scratches happen in one place only.
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