Your hardwood flooring is one of the most beautiful parts of your home, but it’s also one of the most difficult things to protect. Aside from sun damage and wear and tear, pet damage can also wreak havoc on hardwood flooring. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to keep your hardwood flooring protected from pet damage.
Dogs are not the tidiest eaters and drinkers, so invest in a few high-quality waterproof mats to place between pet bowls and the hardwood flooring beneath. Many homeowners forget this step or see it as unnecessary and deal with unsightly water damage and discoloration in the future. Always mop up any water that spills onto the floor before it has a chance to soak into the hardwood flooring. If you take a little bit of effort every day to keep the hardwood flooring clean and dry, it will definitely pay off in the future.
Keep Nails Trimmed
This is one of the most common causes of pet damage to hardwood flooring, so take the time to trim your cat or dog’s nails regularly. Without noticing the damage that they are doing, your cat or dog will dig their nails into softer woods to gain traction. Whether it’s the mail truck driving by or your son arriving home from school causing your pet’s excitement, nail scratches can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time.
Clean Up Pet Waste ASAP
Unfortunately, pet urine is unavoidable when you have a young animal that is not yet toilet-trained. Pet urine causes immediate damage to hardwood flooring that is almost impossible to reverse. Even worse, many times the pet damage compounds, as your dog or cat will use the same spot again once it has been marked. Clean up pet urine as soon as you can so that smells and discoloration won’t occur.
Hardwood Flooring from Jason Brown Wood Floors
At Jason Brown Wood Floors, our commitment to quality installation is clear in all that we do, which is why our customers consistently rate us as one of the top contractors in the region. We have been awarded Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore Award 3 times and have been proudly serving the Baltimore Area for over 16 years. If you’re ready to speak with someone about your hardwood flooring project, we want to hear from you! Contact us at 410-668-9131 or send us a message here.