Mostly over half of American households have a pet. What is there not to love about having an animal best friend. But let’s be honest, maintenance of floors when having pets is a bit challenging.
One of the biggest problems with pets is their nails. If you don’t keep those nails trimmed, they could scratch and damage laminate or hardwood floor. But this article will help you choose some pet friendly floor choices so your floors look wonderful and the least of your worries is your pet.
Vinyl flooring is popular flooring option for families with pets. These floors are durable, long-lasting, resistant to moisture, scratches and dents and they are also easy to maintain. Best part that it softens the sound of your pet’s nails when they walk across the floor.
Laminate is also a great choice if you have a pet who has the run of the house. You may buy some laminate floors that are protected against scratches, stains, and scuffs. Laminate is very easy to clean. Just dust mop or vacuum regularly and use a damp mop. If your pet creates any spills or puddles on your hardwood floor, you have to mop them up immediately because the boards can stain and warp from moisture.
Look for hardwood flooring that have finishes combined with acrylic micro-beveled edges. This type of hardwood flooring resists scratching because the beveled edge give your pets’ nails something to grip onto as they cross the floor. Hardwood flooring with a rustic or distressed look is a good design choice since it already shows signs of wear or tear (that’s the look) and will hide imperfections. We also recommend selecting flooring with a lower gloss level to help hide additional marks that may occur.
Do you want simple maintenance tips for waxed floor flooring? This article gives you some tips to do so. So, keep on reading.
For routine, day to day maintenance, first mistake many do is that they damp-mop waxed floors. All that needs to be done is to vacuum and/or sweep regularly. However, once or twice a year, get rid of the old wax and apply a fresh new coat (of course with the help of a professional). Also, if a high-traffic area gets cloudy and no shine in between treatments, you can spot-wax the area. Try to sweep or vacuum often as dirt destroys wood floors. Placing a doormat at front door of home cuts down sweeping time as well. If you have mud or spills, try to clean them immediately as wood is easily damaged by water.
For waxing technique, start by vacuuming the floor to remove dust. Next, strip the old wax with stripper or with mineral spirits which consists of rubbing into wood and then wiping off with a clean smooth cloth. Make sure you keep the area ventilated until floor dries. After the floor is dried, apply a thin coat of wax, using an applicator or a cloth depends of wax manufacturer instructions. Let the wax dry and if you want more protection you can always apply a second coat.
For buffing, use a cloth or what is easier let professionals with buffing machines to do the jobs. Professionals are experts and know for example, to buff in the direction of the wood grain.
For simple wood floor problems, if you have white water spots, add a small amount of mineral spirits to an extra-fine steel wool pad and rub the area in circular motion. Remember to keep area ventilated until it dries. This also works for heel marks.
Remember that to preserve hardwood floors and extend their life you must follow rules no matter what the finish!