Fact or fiction: pet owners should not have hardwood? Despite popular conception, this is indeed a myth. Dogs and cats are entirely compatible with hardwood as long as you take the right precautions. Here at Floor Coverings International Triad, we help homeowners in the greater Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point area find their dream floors. Read on for more information about how to keep your hardwood safe from the canine and feline members of your family.
1. Avoid large or heavy toys.
We all know our pets’ favorite toy. It’s the stuffed elephant that they always sleep with, or the mouse they love to chase. Soft, plush toys are great for homes with hardwood because they won’t cause damage when dropped. Save large, sharp objects like bones for outside.
2. Trim their nails.
The most common way that dogs scratch hardwood is with their nails. According to the ASPCA, when you can hear their nails touching the ground when they walk, they are overdue for a trimming. Cats have retractable claws, so it is not as much of an issue.
3. Buy them a bed.
It’s easy to find the place your dog or cat sleeps the most because the hardwood will look lighter. Over time, dog and cat fur can wear away at your hardwood’s finish. The easiest solution is to buy your pet a bed to sleep on. This keeps them off the ground and ensures they have a restful slumber.
4. Get them groomed.
Cats tend to groom themselves, however, dogs need to be groomed regularly to ensure they aren’t bringing in dirt and grit from the outside. This has the added benefit of thinning out their hair, which reduces the amount of hair that is shed onto the floor.
5. Vacuum and sweep up pet dander.
Pet hair can cause wear to your floor when you step on it. That’s why it’s essential to regularly remove hair with a broom or vacuum cleaner. Experts suggest vacuuming weekly—more often for long-haired breeds.
For more information about how to keep your hardwood pet-friendly, reach out to the local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Triad. We proudly serve the greater Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point area.
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