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Why is Hardwood Flooring the Best Option for Families with Pets

Posted November 28, 2022

Between accidents and scratches, pets can damage a floor quickly. But you don’t have to sacrifice beautiful floors simply because you’re a pet owner. Contrary to popular belief, hardwood floors are actually a great option for households with pets. They’re strong, durable and easy to keep clean. The key is to choose a prefinished wood floor that is stained and sealed at the factory, as this will hold up to busy traffic.

Below are the main reasons why hardwood flooring is the best option for pet owners. For a recommendation for your home and lifestyle, contact Woodhaven for a free consultation.

Easy to Wipe Up Dirt and Accidents

Wood floors are easy to maintain. Whether you choose oak, maple or another type of wood, you can remove dust and debris with a simple sweep and/or vacuum. We recommend using a broom or hardwood floor mop to clean your wood flooring. When vacuuming, use your “hard floor” setting because this raises the vacuum and works by suction. Heavy traffic areas can be cleaned with a mop.

If your pet has an accident, you’ll want to blot the urine and soak up as much as you can. Then you’ll want to clean the spot with a mineral spirit or citrus oil-based cleaner. Some people swear by hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, though you’ll want to be careful because these can cause discoloration. While it might take time to find what works for you, know that wood floors are much easier to keep clean than carpet.

Easy to Clean Up Pet Hair and Dander

Unlike carpet, wood floors don’t have fibers that will trap and retain allergens such as mold, dander, dust and pollen. They also don’t harbor microorganisms or pesticides. This is great for people who have allergies or asthma, as these allergens can get trapped and cause symptoms. By maintaining your wood floors regularly, you can create a healthier environment.

Scratch Resistant

There was a time when people felt that hardwood floors and pets didn’t mix. But this isn’t the case today. There are many types of hardwood flooring that are scratch resistant. Pre-finished floors, whether solid or engineered, have a high level of durability due to the finish that is applied at the factory making it longer wearing and less prone to abrasions.

Good Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is a top environmental concern because chemicals, mold, dust and dander contribute to various illnesses. Adding wood flooring to the home is an effective way to improve indoor air quality, as no pollutants are getting trapped in the carpet fibers. Additionally, carpet can hide harmful bacteria, mold spores and pet dander that flare up allergies and asthma.

As a pet owner, you’ll be satisfied with the quality, durability and resilience of hardwood. To ensure your flooring keeps up with your pets, be sure to choose a hardwood species that can support heavy traffic, as well as hire a qualified contractor like Woodhaven. Contact our wood flooring experts today for a free consultation and estimate!

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