Pets are important members of our household, but they are not always the best companions for the hardwood floors. Between claws and debris, hardwood is susceptible to damage from our pets. But that doesn’t mean pets and hardwood can never harmoniously coexist. Today the experts at Floor Coverings International Orange County NY are going to share a few tips for protecting your hardwood from your furry friends.
If hardwood is only featured in a small area of your home, you can establish these spaces as off limits to your pets to eliminate scratches. Utilize baby gates to physically keep your pets out of the room until they are trained to know they are not allowed.
Cover It Up
If you have hardwood throughout your home, protect your floors by covering up areas that receive the most traffic from your pets. If your dog loves to run and greet people at the door, a carpet runner is an excellent way to protect the hardwood in the hallway. It is also effective for intercepting dirt or moisture that may get tracked in after your walks. If you have wood floors near the back door, always have a mat in place. This provides an area to clean off your dog’s paws after they have been playing in the yard, as well as preventing outdoor debris from scratching the wood.
Hardwood floors are typically installed with a finishing coat, but it will likely not be durable enough to protect against wear and tear from your pets. Apply a coating such as urethane, polyurethane, or wax as an additional protective layer. These surface finishes will extend the life of your hardwood, creating a scratch resistant barrier that can also protect it from moisture.
The Flooring Experts
Pets and hardwood floors don’t have to be mutually exclusive. With these tricks, you can keep your furry friends happy, while still maintaining stunning hardwood floors. For more information on hardwood maintenance or installation contact our design experts at Floor Coverings International Orange County NY for a free on-site consultation. We are proud to serve Orange County, Middletown, Goshen, and Warwick and the surrounding areas.
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