ANIMALS

And Hardwood

At Floor Country in Winnipeg, we know choosing new flooring for your home can be a daunting task. Especially if you have furry friends around. There are so many things to consider and so many options; carpet, hardwood, laminate, tile, and more. Hardwoods are timeless and one of the best options for flooring, and with high-quality products,  installation, and maintenance, hardwoods will last a lifetime. That’s why in this blog post we go over animals and hardwood floors and how to keep your pets safe and your hardwood floors looking like new for years to come. Learn more and get in touch with our team today!

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Choosing The Right Flooring

You may be surprised to know that not all hardwood flooring is the same. There are many factors to consider, especially with your furry friends. Here are some things to consider when picking out the right hardwood for you:

  • The Janka hardness rating measures a wood's resistance to wear and tear. Hardwood species such as Brazilian cherry, oak, and hickory have a high Janka rating, making them more resistant to scratches and dents.
  • Engineered hardwood floors are made of multiple layers of wood and a top layer of hardwood veneer. This makes them more resistant to moisture and temperature changes than solid hardwood, which can be beneficial for homes with pets.
  • Floors with a matte or distressed finish can help hide scratches and scuffs better than floors with a glossy finish.
  • Darker hardwood floors can show scratches more easily, while lighter-colored hardwood can help hide them.
  • Here are some of the water-resistant hardwood collections we recommend: 

How to Maintain Your Hardwood

Maintaining hardwood floors with pets can require some extra effort, but with proper care and maintenance, your floors can stay looking beautiful for years to come. Here are some tips for maintaining your hardwood floors with pets:

  • Accidents can happen, so it's important to clean up any spills or messes as soon as possible to prevent damage to the floors.
  • Pet hair, dirt, and debris can scratch hardwood floors over time, so it's important to sweep or vacuum the floors regularly to keep them clean.
  • Choose a cleaner that is safe for pets and recommended for hardwood floors such as Bona Professional hardwood floor cleaner. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that can damage the finish.
  • Use mats or rugs in areas where your pet spends a lot of time, such as near their food and water bowls or their favorite lounging spot. This can help protect the floors from scratches and spills.

Keeping Your Pet Safe

Keeping your beloved friend safe and happy in your home is extremely important. There are a few things you can do to help them feel comfortable and safe on your hardwood floors. First, consider trimming your pet’s nails regularly, this will prevent slipping, sliding, and digging into the floors. Another great way to help your pets get used to the flooring is to train them with positive reinforcement on the dos and don’ts of the hardwood. A little time and your furry friend will be a pro!

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Choosing The Right Flooring Partner

There are so many flooring companies out there, how do you know who to trust? With our team at Floor Country in Winnipeg, you will be partnering with experts in flooring and guaranteeing high-quality products, installation, and open communication throughout the entire process! With our wide selection of hardwood floors and this guide to help make the best choice for your family and home we know you will be satisfied and adoring your new hardwoods in no time.

If you’re in need of new flooring for your home, rely on our team at Floor County! We have years of experience and we’re here to provide you with customized flooring to meet your specific needs. Get in touch with us today to schedule your hardwood flooring appointment.