Flooring and your pets.
What's the best way to keep your flooring clean if you have pets? choosing the right floor is a really important part of your interior planning process. Go for solid wood, not engineered wood. Pets’ claws can cause scratching to your floor, and knowing you can sand your floor if you need to. Solid hardwood, not engineered wood. Engineered wood flooring is a sandwich of laminated wood with a real hardwood veneer on top. Engineered wood flooring is a superior product, but it raises red flags for a dog-inhabited homes. Engineered wood can take only a limited number of light sandings. Scratch marks might be able to be sanded down hard--once. Solid wood flooring will withstand significantly more sanding in its lifetime than engineered wood flooring. Invest in hardwood flooring, not softwood because your initial investment will pay off longer term. More hard wearing than softwood, hardwood will stand up well to high traffic from both pets and humans. Wood species such as walnut, ipe or maple are ideal choices. Hardwearing finish for your floor. When it comes to pets, both oiled and lacquered finishes have their pros and cons. Lacquered will show scratches more readily than oiled, but will stand up generally to more wear and tear. Oiled solid flooring in a home that has pets will probably need to be recoated more frequently. Mop up any accidents promptly. Although older pets are less likely to have little accidents, if they do occur, or if you have a puppy or a kitten, do make sure you mop up any urine as quickly as you can because urine can cause deep staining which can be difficult to remove. Effectively, it’s the ammonia in urine that causes the wood to discolour and look unsightly. If you just want a minimally acceptable wood look, laminate flooring looks a bit like wood, and it holds up well against claws. Take a look at our wood flooring collections at www.sourcewoodfloors.co.uk