Keeping your home looking clean and tidy is a challenge in itself, let alone when you have a canine or feline friend to keep your eyes on! If you’re interested in hardwood flooring being laid into your house, but have worries about the increased chance of damage your pet could cause, here’s a few tips which may prove handy to your cause.
Hardwood over softwood
Investing in hardwood flooring is a much better option than softwood if you are looking for something long term. Although it will prove to be more expensive, hardwood will stand up well to the challenges of a pet populated home. Wood species such as Oak and Walnut are ideal choices, so any of our engineered flooring from the ‘Supreme’, ‘Classic’ or ‘Country’ range would all be suitable options.
Which finish is best on a wooden floor with pets
You need to choose a hardwearing finish in order to withstand high traffic from both pets and humans, as you don’t want the risk of numerous scratches from shoes, claws and dirty paws.
An oiled finish which retains the natural look of the wood will make the scratches seem less apparent as well as looking less tired. With hardwax oils such as Treatex, there are effective and simple to use maintenance products that you can purchase to help keep your floor finish as healthy as possible without making it slippery. Treatex offer a cleaning product known as Floor Care. You simply mix Floor Care in with water and clean you floor using a mop (ensuring the mop is only damp and never wet). The Floor Care contains carnauba wax and vegetable oils which give a replenishing coat to your hardwax oiled finish. It’s also solvent free and has a neutral PH whereas other cleaning products can contain detergents that can do harm to your floor. When your hardwax oiled floor gets to the stage where it needs more than just a clean you can re-treat the floor using the hardwax oil again.
Lacquered finishes can be hardwearing and easy to clean from the dirt brought in by our furry friends. However a gloss lacquered finish will show marks and scratches more so than a matt oiled finish. It’s also much more difficult to replenish a lacquered finish when scratches and marks occur in comparison to a hardwax oil as described above.
Trim your pets claws
As you've probably found out, dogs and cats claws aren’t exactly soft. A high quality finish would not mark easily but long sharp claws and big dog may result in surface scratches. Try and keep it looking as good as new by giving your pets claws a little trim allowing them to move about easier across hard floors and reducing the chance of scratch marks they can cause. Make sure you seek professional advice on how to do this though, as you don’t want to pierce the sensitive part of the nail. Chew toys can also end up being sharp objects that are flung about the room by your excited pooch, so try and keep this in mind and if possible keep the toys contained in a different room.
Try and keep your flooring dry
Wiping their feet isn’t something dogs can do naturally, nor are they able to towel dry themselves unfortunately for their owners. This is where the time consuming task of rubbing down your dog with a towel comes in, as it is important to keep the mixture of dirt, grime and moisture off of the surface as these elements are bad news for your floor. If you dog does come in wet and lye on their bed ensure that the bed doesn’t get wet right the way through and leave water trapped underneath.
On a similar topic, pets are likely to have little accidents here and there. This is not good for your floor boards if it seeps in between the small gaps, make sure you act with speed and mop up the puddle as soon as the deed is done as urine can cause deep staining and decolourisation which can prove difficult to remove.
Hoovering and sweeping
Hoovering or sweeping are simple ways of getting rid of stray fur, dust and paw-dirt that just sits on the top of your floor. You should do this as often as you can to keep it maintained.
If you are interested in purchasing engineered floorboards and have found this information useful but would like to know more before you make any decisions please do not hesitate to get in contact with us here at J F Joinery and J F J Wood Flooring.
About the author
Tom Fanthorpe. Director, JFJ Wood Flooring Ltd
Tom is one half of the father & son team behind JFJ Wood Flooring. An experienced wood flooring specialist with over 7 years in the industry, Tom is following in his father John's footsteps as a true expert in his chosen field. Having absorbed much of John's 35+ years of experience in the joinery and timber trade, Tom now leads the wood flooring department and holds ultimate responsibility for everything from customer service to sales, logistics to quality control.