If you love wood flooring but you also adore dogs, you might be facing a dilemma: which will you choose? After all, it’s often thought that our four-legged friends simply can’t coexist with these floors in harmony.
However, as long as you’re careful and you follow some simple principles, you should be able to enjoy canine company while also benefiting from attractive wood floors London.
For example, writing on Canadian Living, flooring expert Dan Hardick noted that it’s important to take certain precautions. He noted that it might be important to tackle those sharp claws. About this, he remarked: “While a big dog will scratch and gouge more than a little guy, trimming nails is a good idea for dogs of all sizes”.
Also, it’s wise to put rugs and runners down in “high traffic” areas to help protect the timber underneath. If your pooch is energetic and likes to tear around your property, you can secure the rugs in place with tape or underlay to stop them sliding out of place.
It might even be worth training your four-legged friend not to run and “roughhouse” indoors.
Mr Hardick also pointed out that some dog owners swear by vinyl nail caps for their animals. These fit over the clipped claws and are glued in place. They last for around a month at a time and are designed to prevent scratching and damage to hardwood flooring.
The thrills and spills
Water damage is something you’ll definitely want to avoid, so it’s important to mop up puddles and splashes ASAP. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to put a mat down under your dog’s drinking bowl.
Also, the specialist noted that because you’ll have to clean your floors more than non-pet owners due to the muddy paws and dog hair, it’s especially important to use floor mops and cleaning products specifically intended for use on wood flooring
As much as you love your furry companion, it might be wise to introduce certain dog-free zones in your home. For example, if you only have hardwood floors in one area of your property, such as your lounge or dining room, you may want to keep your pooch elsewhere.
You can do this by either training your pet to avoid certain areas or by putting up baby gates to stop him from wandering where he shouldn’t.
Choose quality flooring to begin with
Of course, for the best results, it’s important to choose top quality flooring in the first place. If you make the effort to get superb timber and lay it correctly, your floors will be more robust.
By achieving this and by adopting some of the tactics recommended by Mr Hardick, you should be able to have your cake and eat it. In other words, you won’t have to choose between Fido and attractive flooring, you can enjoy them both.
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