Whether you’re gutting and renovating a historic house, replacing existing elements in a room, or building a brand new home, it’s important to choose the flooring that matches your family’s activity level and lifestyle. This includes considering floor options that accommodate furry friends. McSwain Carpets & Floors offers a wide selection of styles and materials to fit your home. Here are five tips to consider when choosing pet-friendly flooring, plus a few options that McSwain offers.
Don’t Be Afraid of Hardwood
Pet owners tend to stay away from hardwood flooring in fear of pet stains and water bowl spills ruining its beauty. But, there are hardwood options that are resistant to staining and warping. McSwain’s exclusive Robbins hardwood with HydroGaurd, for example, is a waterproof hardwood that’s resistant to sitting water or moisture for up to 36 hours, which leaves plenty of time to identify an accident and clean up. There are dozens of color options to choose from, too, like rich browns and popular grey tones.
Resurface Existing and Original Hardwood Flooring
Did your cat or dog ruin your current hardwood floors? Bring them back to life! If you have warped floors or claw scratches, McSwain offers a hardwood resurfacing service. They will buff out imperfections, re-stain, and give your hardwoods high shine. Pro Tip: Keep your pet’s claws trimmed to avoid damage in the future.
Stain-Resistant Carpet Exists
There are a number of manufacturers that offer carpet specifically made for families and people with domestic pets. Whether you have dogs, cats, or some combination, there’s no difference in how the carpet would perform against pet stains. STAINMASTER® PetProtect® Nylon is a best seller at McSwain, and according to flooring expert and Vice President of McSwain’s Retail Division, Dean Wright, “it’s the best-of-the-best!” The way the carpet is dyed is like a carrot, Wright says. If you cut a carrot all the way, you have orange all the way through. This carpet is also dyed all the way through, which prevents stains from penetrating and sticking to the fiber. As an added bonus, the carpet reduces odor and pet hair, too.
Tile is Almost Always a Safe Option
It’s safe to assume that most tile will withstand pet traffic, including pet stains, and are often scratch-resistant. McSwain specifically recommends Luxury Vinyl Plank or Tile. Several manufacturers offer this type of product, which is considered waterproof. Any topical moisture isn’t going to affect the performance of the floor, and hundreds of styles and shades are available at McSwain.
Don’t Forget About Your Home’s Future Owners
Even if you aren’t a pet owner, 67 percent of U.S. households are, so chances are the next owner of your home will have pets. Invest in high-quality flooring throughout your house, because even though Cooper isn’t allowed upstairs in your house, he might be allowed according to your home’s next owner.