choosing pet-friendly floorsIt’s no secret – owning pets doesn’t help out your floors. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have pets. Some floors are better than others. If you are moving or remodeling your home, make sure you choose a dependable option.

Carpet is a traditional option. Carpet has its pros and cons, some of the cons being that it can wear out quickly and it soaks up stains and smells a lot easier than other floor types (which we can help with, by the way). Hardwood also can be damaged easily. This is why a lot of homeowners are going with stone or tile flooring.

Stone Flooring

Stone flooring is an ideal choice for pet owners for many reasons. First, stone is hard – it doesn’t scratch easily. Second, stone doesn’t absorb any moisture, which makes cleaning up pet urine a whole lot easier.

As for the different types of stone, granite is the hardest and most durable of the natural stones. The softer stones such as marble or travertine may require more maintenance, but they are still excellent options.

Tile Flooring

Many of the benefits of stone flooring can be seen in tile flooring as well. Scratch resistance, durability, and odor/moisture control are some of these benefits. Probably the biggest downside to tile floors is that they are cold and hard – not exactly the most comfortable if you are walking barefoot or if you’re a pet looking to take a nap. However, one solution to this problem is area rugs and pet beds to cover the tile flooring.

When it comes to choosing a floor that is pet-friendly, stone and tile are both great choices. They are beautiful, high-quality floors. At the end of the day it will come down to what you prefer. Also keep in mind that to keep your floors in their best condition, it is recommended that stone and tile floors be professionally cleaned every 12-18 months. Chem-Dry Four Seasons is here to help you with any of your flooring needs!