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How to Prepare Your Hardwood Floors For Dogs

by Canadian Sanders


Three Ways To Prepare Your Wood Floors for Pet-Owners

Having pets at home is truly a blessing, but it can be challenging to keep your hardwood floors looking their best. Wood floors are a beautiful feature in any home, but when you have pets, it’s important to maintain them properly. Fortunately, at Canadian Sanders, we refinish hardwood floors for pet owners. We have some helpful tips that can help keep your wood floors looking their best. These tips can be applied to all hardwood floors, from pre-finished floors to engineered or any other kind of fully installed wood floor. So, here are some valuable tips that will help you navigate life with dogs and hardwood floors.

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Choose The Right Colour

If you have pets at home, choosing a lighter stain for your hardwood floors can help to conceal any minor damage caused by them. It can also hide most accumulated dust and dirt from their outdoor activities. You can choose a pet-friendly wood by carefully selecting a type that suits your requirements. For instance, Red Oak is a popular option because of its stronger graining, which makes it easier to mask scratches or blemishes your pets may cause over time. Another great option is Maple, which has smooth graining and is one of the lightest options. It is also popular among pet owners because of its durability. If you prefer something in the middle of the aesthetic spectrum, you could opt for a Hickory wood. It is mostly light in color, but the graining is darker, giving you the best of both worlds. If you prefer a darker wood, Brazilian Walnut can be a durable option, but it is pricier. Consider getting a stain Colour similar to your dog’s fur to help conceal it.

Choose The Correct Sheen. Avoid Gloss

As tempting as it may be, pet owners should avoid glossy finishes on their hardwood floors. Satin or matte finishes are a much better option as they can hide scratches or dings better and still look sleek and modern. Although we think that the scratches on the floor are all caused by our pets, we are equally responsible for damaging our floors. High heels, moving furniture, and pebbles stuck in the treads of shoes are some common culprits behind scratches and dents. Opting for a satin or matte finish can keep your floors looking their best for the long haul. High-gloss finishes, on the other hand, tend to highlight the scratches in the flooring. To avoid future frustration, it’s best to use the high-end 2K waterborne finish, which comes in a low sheen and is nonyellowing. As long as you have three coats of finish applied to sealed wood floors, you should be ready.  

Trim the nails

Trimming your dog’s nails regularly is essential to protect your hardwood floors. You can trim their nails yourself, or take your dog to the nearest vet clinic or pet store. If you are not comfortable doing it yourself, let a professional handle it in a matter of minutes. Not only does keeping the nails trimmed to protect your floors, but it also improves the health of your dog. Neglected nails can cause pain or disease for your furry friend.

Another helpful tip is to place mats before your doors to collect dirt and small rocks that may scratch your wood floors. This will help catch most of the debris on your dog’s paws as they return inside. By doing this, you can keep your floors cleaner and reduce the amount of debris that can cause damage over time. Remember, having pets does not mean you cannot have nice things. With proper care and maintenance, you can maintain beautiful hardwood floors while enjoying the company of your furry friends.

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