The Best Flooring for Dog Owners

If your household, like 60% of those in the U.S., includes one or more dogs, chances are your floors host plenty of bellyrubs and epic tug-of-war sessions. Here, in pet-friendly Wilmington, NC, we couldn’t love dogs more. However, dog owners should know that their best friends’ nails can easily scratch and dent floors. Plus, every time pets walk into the house, they bring in dirt, allergens, dander, waste, and a variety of other potential ‘messes’. Furthermore, there’s shedding to consider, not to mention the occasional accident.

As much as we love our dogs, with all of these factors at play, over time, they can wreak havoc on floors and carpets. Despite the best efforts to keep pet paws clean, it’s inevitable that some dirt, allergens, waste or dander will end up being brought into the home. However the damage is manageable if you clean regularly (vacuuming and mopping are essential), and keep your furry family member well-groomed. This means bathing Fido weekly (doing so will decrease allergens by more than 80%), and trimming his nails at least once a month..

Of course, the most effective way to minimize trouble is to keep your pampered pooch in mind when making your next flooring purchase. Here are recommendations for beautiful options that will suit you and your beloved pets, too:

Vinyl and linoleum floors are water-resistant, easy to clean, hypoallergenic, and antibacterial. They’re also notably resistant to dents, scratches, and moisture.  Better yet, they tend to muffle sounds—like the tip-tap-tap of dog nails. Another bonus, you won’t be limited in design options—vinyl and linoleum floors come in a huge array of styles and colors.

Laminate floors are another terrific option for dogs and their owners. They feature a tough melamine wear layer, making them notably resistant to claws and moisture. The material is also easy to maintain and clean.  However, the fact that pets can get little to no traction on them could raise safety concerns—you don’t want Fifi to go sliding into anything dangerous!

Ceramic tile and porcelain tile also make the list when it comes to the best flooring for dog owners. They’re tough, stain-resistant, water-resistant, and easy to clean. Yes, they’re cold and hard, but Fido and Fifi won’t mind as long as you lay out some nice rugs and doggie beds.

Love Hardwood? Fear not—you can minimize scratches, dents, and stains by going with a true hardwood, rather than a softwood. Oak, ash, and Brazilian cherry all feature excellent shock absorbency, and won’t dent easily. You’ll also want to choose wood species with pronounced grain texture, such as white oak or ash. Rich textures will mask minor dents and scratches. This means little nail marks will blend right in, appearing as part of the wood’s natural texture! Finally, be sure to choose natural colors and to go with low-gloss, matte surfaces. Oil and wax-based finishes protect the floor from moisture from the inside, allow for “spot repairs,” and they’re also a lot less slippery for dogs.

Carpet is probably the trickiest flooring option for dog owners, but as long as you commit to a professional cleaning every three to six months, you’ll can ensure that the tail won’t wag the dog…or your carpet.

No matter what type of flooring you choose, you can further minimize damage by adding doormats at entrances to absorb dirt and mud from your dog’s paws. Another pro tip for dog owners? Keep water and food bowls in a separate room.  The dog-loving team at Crystal Carpet & Flooring looks forward to helping you (and your best friends) find a flooring option that works for everyone in your household.