If you have the home before the dogs, like me, you may not care what the best flooring for dogs is. Like us you are stuck with what you’ve got.
We are considering pet friendly flooring options for our new build in Wyoming. Now it’s also time to renew some of the floors in our existing house and we need to think of these issues.
- What will last well enough to look great when we sell in 4/5 years time.
- What’s the best flooring for dogs now that I have three.
- How can I minimize damage with 3 cats and 3 dogs.
- What do I prefer for each room and what’s the cost.
Best Hardwood Floors For Dogs
Dog claws are really the biggest issue for hardwood floors. Depending on where your doggies water bowls are, this can also become a big problem. Like it or not, wood is a natural product and is going to wear over time. Water can also strip off finishes. Water can seep into the wood once the top finish payer is worn off. Claw scratches are more visible on darker woods. And don’t get me started on puppy potty issues. If your puppy has an accident just clean it up as soon as you can. Make sure you clean well, the smell of urine will attract puppy and we don’t want a repeat!
Having said that some of us like hardwood and we can make better choices when building a home, upgrading our floors or replacing existing hardwood floors. Dogs and hardwood floors can live in harmony. So what floors will last better? Trends rule the day as well and darker hard woods have become more popular in 2019.
Know your soft woods and stay well away from those. Pine, Fir, Cedar. American Cherry or Walnut, Carbonized Bamboo are not the best flooring for dogs.
Choose harder woods which include Brazilian Cherry, Brazilian Walnut. Red Oak, which is what I have now seems to withstand scratching very well. Other choices are Hickory, Tiger Wood, Natural Bamboo and White Oak. If you are not sure seek out a flooring specialist and choose the best option for your budget.
The perfect solution to choosing the best flooring for dogs and choosing hardwood is to go for distressed woods. Of course these do cost more and some people do not like the distressed look. However they do hide the scratches well. The alternative is dog socks for hardwood floors and I honestly think it will be the minority of owners who opt for those. Keeping your dogs nails trimmed will help too.
Stay away from engineered hardwoods. These cannot really be refinished and for a home sellers plan are not considered well by home buyers. As a real estate agent I have seen these lifting at the edges of rooms. I would never use this product.
Keep your best flooring for dogs clean of muddy paw prints with Dogone products. We love the runners for the doors where our doggies come in from the yard.
Hardwood Floors in Our Current House – We have red oak in the kitchen, breakfast room, hallways, my office and the powder room. The floors in the kitchen and breakfast room have taken the biggest beating from paws, claws and water bowls! Water has caused more damage than claws! We actually have a plastic boot tray under the bowls but with three drippy mouths, and a mop nearby, we cannot catch it all!
We are choosing to replace all of it with tile. It seems a more logical choice for use with all those claws and spills. The breakfast and kitchen are the most used by the dogs and the humans, so we need something more durable and I am not interested in refinishing the hardwood.
Hardwood Floors in Our New House – We’ll opt for tile in any room that has water. That includes kitchen, breakfast and laundry. The remaining rooms on the main level will likely be hardwood. While I like the strength of Brazilian Cherry I am a great fan of the distressed look. This will be perfectly suited to a western ranch on 36 acres! Likely it will come down to the cost. I am not really into the exotic woods like Bamboo and Zebra Wood. I love wideplank!
Is Carpet The Best Flooring For Dogs
I don’t believe the best flooring for dogs could ever be carpet! However carpet is warm to our feet, especially if you live with cold winters. Carpet is often used for bedrooms and can be very nice to walk on barefoot. Many homes have dogs and carpets living in harmony. Dogs love sleeping on carpet, especially in the winter cold months.
The choices in carpet is very big. Ignoring offers and deals and online shopping versus store shopping, carpet choices can literally scare you. We are in the middle of our decision and it’s overwhelming. Suffice to say I think stain resistance is the number one feature needed by pet owners. After that choosing a multi-color carpet will do well for those pet issues we all experience.
The depth of the pile and the years a carpet is going to last is pretty much personal choice. Cheap, cheerful 5 year carpet will need to be replaced more often. A 15 year carpet should hold up well and a 30 year carpet is grand if you intend to stay in the house for a very long time!
Carpet will last longer the better the pad. These also come in varying depths and and 3/4 to 1 inch is recommend to lengthen the life of your new carpet.
Carpets Designed For Pets
If budget is not an issue there are new carpets specifically with pets in mind. PetProof and LifeProof brands offer a limited 25 year stain warranty. Add the new pet proof padding which prevents spills going through to damage your floors underneath.
Cleaning Carpets – Pet Stains
My cats make the worse stains. With hairball events and overeating throw ups, something cats are notorious for, I am often left with a pretty mucky mess. The dogs are actually not too bad and once potty trained it’s more about the paws and mud they bring in. After rain they come in with wet paws too.
I used to have a Bissell Spotbot but hated the rings it left after finishing. It’s a set it and forget it mini carpet cleaner. It did a good job but I could never vacuum out the circle it left. When the hose broke and I needed a replacement I chose the Bissell Spot Clean Pro 3624. I love this machine.
Note: In this video the presenter has not worked out that the dirty tank lid comes off. You just need to push the handle over the lid and it releases it.
For a larger clean I have a bigger machine. I highly recommend using a pet level brand of carpet shampoo. I have also added a few squirts of Oxyclean liquid cleaner, it certainly seems to help for the worst pet stains.
Carpet in Our Current House – We have lived here for 15+ years and embarrassed as I am to admit, we still have the original builders carpet which I have just found out to be a 22oz standard builders choice. And it’s that pale almost white color. With 3 dogs, whoa!! Three weeks ago we visited Home Depot to take a look at carpet, as we make our decision. I have one more house measure this Friday and then we’ll be ordering. Carpet is not something we can do ourselves. We chose the type and weight and color blend before we had the house measured.
One room will not be replaced as we will change that to hardwood soon. We are thinking resale and a formal living room at the front of the house will wow in a dark hardwood.
As we also have cats and they have hairball events on a reular basis I need the muti color to help hide stains. Of course we are choosing stain resistant carpet as we select the best flooring for dogs, cats and humans. I’ll be writing about our choice of provider once the carpets are installed.
Carpet in Our New House – Possibly only the bedrooms and the basement will have carpet. We are planning on a single level ranch home with full walkout basement. Given that winters are cold in Wyoming we need to have some warm floors. Basements are typically cooler too, perfect for summer hangouts.
Are Tiles The Best Flooring For Dogs
Ask that question to any large dog in the summer and you’ll probably get a resounding yes! Hot dogs covered in fur love the feel of cold tiles, it helps them cool down.
Tiles are easiest the best flooring for pet urine because cleaning it with fluid based cleaners will make no difference to the tile. This is true for other nasty pet stains. Muddy paw prints can be washed away. It’s important to seal your grout so dirty water shed from paws is not allowed to seep through.
The styles of tiles today can even look like hardwood. We are considering those for the areas we will be replacing in our existing home. Tiles would be one of my best flooring for dogs selection and in hotter climates we see more homes with tile.
My Summary of Best Flooring For Dogs
I hope you enjoyed my pet friendly flooring reviews. I don’t think there’s really any such thing as pet proof flooring but manufacturers are introducing new products to help us. There are other flooring choices but I have not used them.