Wood floors are an investment that future generations will enjoy. They’re also incredibly durable, but if you have pets, you’ll need to take some extra precautions to prevent lasting damage from urine stains and scratches. When you talk to a flooring contractor in Phoenix, discuss your concerns. He or she will help you find the best flooring choices for your family.
Clean pet messes as quickly as possible.
Your hardwood floor is protected by a coat of finish that can resist some exposure to moisture like pet urine. If you can wipe up puddles promptly, you shouldn’t notice any lasting damage to the planks. Unfortunately, it isn’t always possible to catch a pet in the act of urinating inside. If you come across a puddle that might have been there for a while, wipe up what you can and then spray the area with vinegar to neutralize the ammonia and prevent further damage.
Replace damaged planks.
If you don’t notice dog or cat urine right away, and it remains on the floor, it will become increasingly corrosive. The urine will corrode the finish and reach the wood itself. This can cause more serious damage that requires professional repair services. In many cases, it’s possible for a flooring contractor to extract individual sections of the floor that have sustained permanent damage. The contractor can then add new planks that match the surrounding floor.
Trim your pet’s toenails regularly.
Scratches and deeper gouges in the floor are other common concerns of pet parents with hardwood floors. Perhaps the most effective way to prevent significant damage is to keep your pet’s toenails trimmed. It can be tricky to trim an energetic cat’s nails. Consider taking your kitty to the vet for regular trims. Don’t forget about trimming the nails of small animals like rabbits and guinea pigs, as they need plenty of exercise outside their cages.
Place area rugs and mats in strategic locations.
Place some large mats at entrances, and position area rugs in places where your dog or cat regularly runs. If your dog runs to the front door to greet you, place a runner in the hall.
Refinish and recoat the floors.
If scratches do accumulate on your floor, you can schedule professional refinishing and recoating. Ask the contractor to use a tough finish that offers some resistance to your pet’s nails.