Our furry friends are part of the family, so any flooring choices you make have to include their needs too. From finding the best flooring for dogs to cat proof carpet, we take you through everything you need to know when buying pet friendly flooring.
Comfort, safety, durability – and it has to look good. When choosing the best type of flooring for you and your four-legged friends, it pays to do your research. Before you buy, there are a few key things to consider.
Will the surface need to be scratch resistant? Some dogs have long sharp nails for example and cats often love to scratch.
Is your pet house trained and, even so, are accidents likely to happen? A stain-free finish may be the best choice.
What’s the most comfortable – and safe - option for you and your pet? Shiny surfaces and stone finishes may be slippery, not to mention cold underfoot – for everybody!
Don’t’ forget to plan for muddy paws, shedding hair and smells. As a rule of thumb, think durable and hard-wearing rather than high maintenance.
Durable, long-lasting, easy to maintain and easy to clean, vinyl is resistant to scratches, tears and moisture. All things considered, this is probably the best flooring for dogs and cats. It’s also a very affordable option and can mimic the look of wood, tiles, stone and even carpet, so you don’t have to compromise on style.
If you want to go for the real thing, tiled and stone floors, including poured concrete, are scratch and water resistant but are cold underfoot for you and your pet, so consider investing in under-floor heating.
Available in a range of finishes, laminate is generally scratch and scuff-proof though it can be damaged by liquids over time, so a water-resistant choice is best. Laminate can also be slippery, but a textured finish will stop paws sliding.
Contemporary options include bamboo and cork floors, which are both eco-friendly and anti-microbial, keeping them free of mould and bacteria if the floor gets wet. They are both sturdy and resistant to marks, as well as warm underfoot.
Don’t want to forgo your comfort? While it’s difficult to find pet proof carpet, if you shop clever you can still indulge. There’s no doubt that pets love curling up on carpets, but you should avoid a deep pile or loop pile design as claws can easily get stuck in the loops. Cut pile carpet is a better choice.
Natural wool carpets will show up more stains, so polypropylene is the best carpet for pets and high traffic, with built-in resistance to dirt, dust and spills.
Dark colours or patterns are great for hiding a multitude of issues, you could even match the colour to your pet and camouflage stray hairs and shedding.
You will need to hoover regularly to prevent hairs and dirt being ground into fibres and clean up spills immediately to avoid staining. For best results and longevity, choose a stain resistant design.