Is there anything I can do to prevent pet scratches on my hardwood floors?
There’s a misconception that hardwood floors and pet don’t mix, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. While it’s true that your pets’ nail can scratch the floors, there are some easy steps you can take to avoid this problem and keep your floors in top condition. Here are just a few of the ways that you can have the beautiful floors you love while still giving your four-legged companion free run of the house.
Choose the Right Floors
Pre-finished floors come with a more durable coating on the surface. This product features a thick protective finish that will effectively prevent most scratches. If you have your heart set on a custom color or finish, then look for wood floors with higher Janka hardness scores, and speak with your installation company about durable finishes that will keep your floors looking great.
You can warm up the room and quiet it down by adding a nice area rug in the center of the room. Your pet will spend most of his time reclining on the rug. When she wakes from a nap and stretches, her nails will probably remain on that rug, and that helps protect your floors. Rugs also catch a certain amount of dust and dander, and that will prevent the debris from acting like sandpaper on your floors.
Keep the Dirt Out
This is vital for preventing damage from your pets and your own shoes. Use door mats at all of your exterior doors. Place a thick, abrasive one outside the door for people to wipe their feet. Put a softer, decorative one inside for people to stand on while they take of their shoes. Provide guests with a tray or shelf where they can set their shoes. When you keep the dirt out of your house, you’ll have less cleaning and fewer scratches to contend with.
Keep the Nails Trimmed
This is good for your pet and your home. Keep those nails trimmed. If you have a pet who’s resistant to the process, then find a good groomer who will do it for you. Taking your dogs for long walks will also naturally trim the nails as they walk over rocks and concrete.
The final step is to give your floors the tender loving care that they require. It’s not enough to buy the right flooring and keep your dog’s nails trimmed down. You also need to invest in ongoing care, including cleaning the floors regularly and waxing them. There’s no need to fear pet scratches on hardwood floors when the proper measures are taken.