Pets are family, and many people can’t imagine living without them. However, as much as your family loves your pets, your hardwood floors might tell a different story. Pets are notorious for causing hardwood floor damage, but you don’t have to resign yourself to a life without hardwood—or pets—to keep your floors in top condition. By taking steps to protect your hardwood, you can have the best of both worlds.
Rely on Runners
Not every area of your hardwood floor gets the same amount of traffic. In areas in which your pets tread often, use runners or area rugs to protect that portion of flooring. Runners shield these high-traffic areas from damage caused by the pitter-patter of paws, and as an added bonus, they will reduce the damage that occurs from heavy human traffic as well. Watch your pets’ routines, and you will quickly spot their favorite areas to walk, so you can place your runners in the most effective positions.
Chances are that your pet is not a fan of nail clipping, but it is a must if you want to protect hardwood flooring. Nails are the culprits behind most of the damage done to hardwood by pets. As they click across the floor, their nails are making small digs into the surface of the wood that will grow in size and depth over time. For dogs in particular, considering clipping nails once a week to give your floors the best protection.
Maintain Waxed Floors
The wax put on the surface of hardwood flooring not only makes it look shiny and healthy, but it also protects it from damage. Over time, the wax can wear off, leaving your floors more vulnerable. Maintaining the wax will help.
Broadway Carpet & Flooring Co. offers a wide variety of hardwood flooring as well as luxury vinyl flooring that mimics the appearance of hardwood. Find out more about flooring installation in Tucson by calling (520) 296-8533.