How to Protect Hardwood Floors From Dogs - SVB Wood Floors
Indoors, dog shoes add grip to prevent dogs from slipping and protect wood floors from scratching
Yes, if you have wood floors your dog’s nails will eventually scratch them. You can mitigate this by having a good, protective layer of polyurethane on the floors and keeping your dog’s nails short, but you won’t be able to prevent it entirely. One thing that can help is using a harder wood. For instance, we have pine, maple and oak floors in my house. The (soft) pine floors show so many more scratches than the the maple or the oak. (And not all of those scratches even come from the dog.) The maple and oak floors both have low luster finishes on them and the scratches (because I know there are some) are not that apparent. In my opinion, they just have a nice patina.
Strategically placed rugs and doormats will save a world of troubles for any homeowner. And when a dog is in the home, they carry even more importance. In general, any floor coverings will help to catch dirt and debris that can cause damage to all types of flooring. They also help to protect larger areas of hardwood flooring from the elements – including dogs.
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Nail Caps to protect your hardwood floors from your dog's nails!
Maintaining clean and shiny hardwood floors with a four-legged friend in the house can be a challenge, especially since many floor owners find that their favorite puppy paws have left terrible scratches that ruin the finish of their hardwood floor. Finding all of those unintentional marks can be despairing. The dogs don’t intentionally scratch the flooring, but a good play session can cause their claws to dig in. Running to the door to greet you in the evening can leave a gouge in the surface of your hardwood floor. That being said, there are many ways your puppy can unintentionally scratch your floor. Here are some ways you can protect your hardwood floor from your four-legged friend.Long nails can scratch wood flooring, creating scratches and grooves that allow urine to seep in. Keep your dog's nails trimmed to limit damage and prevent urine from permeating the floor. If the urine does seep in, this can require costly cleaning products or treatments to remove the smell. Trimming your dog's nails also protects his health, because long nails can break and cause pain. Also keeping your dog’s nails trimmed can help minimize scratches and damage to your hardwood floors. If your dog’s water bowl is located on or near your hardwood flooring, place it on a mat to help protect your floor from spills and quickly dry any spills that occur.But I’m here to tell you that hardwood floors — even relatively ancient ones like ours — CAN live in harmony with our furry canine friends. Sure, having dogs and hardwood flooring is a challenge, but if you take the proper steps to protect your floors they will remain strong, durable, and relatively scratch-free for years to come. Here are a few tips, learned from experience: