Many customers come to us with concerns about their dogs and their floors. You may have been told that hardwood and pets don’t mix. While some species and finishes may not be ideal with dogs but there are some great options for hardwood flooring and dogs.
First, look at the Janka Hardness Scale and look for a higher Janka rating. The higher the rating the more resistance to dents and wear. More resilient woods are a great option for homes with pets. Oak is one of the harder species that is commonly used in the US. Softer species like American Cherry, Birch or Pine are softer and more like to dent or scratch.
Wood with texture are also a great option. Texture like wire-brushed, hand scraped or other distressing can help hide some scratching and dents. Wire brushing can remove some of the grain in the wood and help to highlight the beauty of the wood and the deeper grain texture. The texture makes scratching blend into the floor.
Color variation can help camouflage dirt, debris and scratches. Lighter colored flooring can help conceal dog fur and dust. The color variants in the floor can cover imperfections caused by wear and tear as well as dents and small scratches.
Reflection in the finish is another big factor to consider. The finish on your floor can be a variety of different sheen levels and the higher the sheen level the more likely you are to see imperfections. A matte finish does not reflect much light and can help the floor look cleaner. The matte finish can also hide imperfections. Matte also looks more natural and rustic.
Another way for dogs and wood flooring to coincide is to add some protective layers between your dog and the floor. A rug in high traffic areas can add a layer of protection between your floor and your dog. Also keeping your dog’s nails short is vital to keeping your floor beautiful. Soft paw nail covers are also a great option for keeping your floor safe.
No wood floor finish is bulletproof but there are great techniques for hiding smaller imperfections. Pet friendly wood floors are not an urban legend and can be beautiful and functional.
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