What are the best flooring options when you have a dog?
We are a nation of dog lovers, with over 33% of households across the UK, including a four-legged friend. Dogs really do become a part of your family, and if you are planning to get new flooring in your home, you may want to keep your beloved pooch in mind. So, what are the best flooring options for a home with dogs?
It will come as no surprise that laminate flooring is one of the most popular choices for homeowners with dogs. It ticks many of the boxes for a home which includes a lively dog. Not only is it durable with high resistance to stains, but it is also very easy to clean. Removing muddy paw prints and fur is easy when you have laminate flooring. Simply hoover up any loose dirt and dust before wiping very lightly, where possible, with products made especially for laminate floors. Scratches and stains tend to be difficult to spot on laminate flooring, which is another big plus for dog owners.
Many dog owners opt for vinyl flooring for one very important reason – it is entirely waterproof! Little accidents and muddy, wet paw prints can be easily cleaned up on vinyl flooring, which is a particular benefit for households with new puppies or particularly active dogs. You may find vinyl flooring a particularly compelling choice for certain areas of your home that your dog may regularly frequent, for example, the utility or hallway are common areas where a dog enters the house after a walk. Vinyl also has the advantage that it can be wet mopped without causing any damage to your flooring.
Cut pile carpets
If hard floors are not for you, then a cut pile carpet is usually the best option for homes with a dog in residence. Cut pile carpets are less likely to be ‘snagged’ by claws and are often more forgiving than loop carpets. You may want to select a darker colour carpet to avoid stains showing up too readily, while patterns can help to hide a multitude of sins. Synthetic fabrics tend to be tougher and more durable for homes with dogs and can often offer a higher stain resistance than their natural fibre counterparts.
At Carpet Design & Flooring Liverpool, we offer an impressive range of dog-friendly flooring options for you to explore so you can enjoy life with your four-legged friend without sacrificing the look and feel of your home.