This question has been thrown around so much that it is easy to get confused. But the answer is simple, yes, you can have beautiful hardwood flooring with a furry animal family member! It really just boils down to details and care. I
This is pretty basic in most instances despite having an animal companion. If your animal friend is free to roam in and out of the house on a whim, you must realize that they bring in a lot of extra dirt and debris on their paws and fur. They also tend to shed more because of the differences in temperature from the outside to the inside and vice versa.
The tracked in dirt will become a problem if you do not tend to it rather quickly, because as dirt sits on your floor and you walk back and forth across it, you are unknowingly sanding your floors just like sand paper would. To remedy this frequently sweep the area that receive the most traffic, this will keep the dirt and debris down significantly.
Hair going everywhere?
Your hardwood floors will not have a bad reaction to animal hair, but it is not pretty to look at, at all is it? To remedy this little issue make sure to vacuum areas where you loving companion likes to spend their down time, such as a couch or armchair. This will assure that it is not carried around the house by you!
Also mopping is a huge factor, do this as frequently as needed, but make sure to follow your specific instructions set by your hardwood flooring’s manufacturer, usually a damp mop and rinse. If your animal sheds more than expected and your floor shows it make sure you are not just pushing the hair around with the mop, I would suggest using a push broom before mopping. A nice little trick with a push broom is that you can lightly sprits the edge of the dust mop, this makes the hair stick and clump so that your not allowing the hairs to go airborne.
Scratches and Dents
Dog nails are the worst part about having an animal on hardwood flooring. What you don’t know is that these are very rarely scratches that are penetrating the surface of the hardwood floor, but rather indentations which causes stress on the wood in a whole. If you are just picking your floor and already have a dog, I would suggest staying away from softer choices in species like pine. This is because pine scratches very easily.
Keeping your dogs nails properly clean and well manicured will eliminate the majority of dog related scratching. Not only that but it is absolutely crucial for the health and happiness of your loving K-9. If you are not good at holding your dog down for a nail clipping, just about any grooming or vet will clip your dogs nails for a minimal price.
An Unwanted Gift!
Yeah, I’m talking about coming home from a long days work and realizing you’re your animal friend did not forget about you, because they left you an extra special present on the hardwood floors! Accidents happen and luckily if you catch it quickly your floors will receive minimal to no damage in the staining or smelling department. Clean up the area with a mild soap, nothing special and dry thoroughly.
If the problem persists I would seek the help of a professional trainer or begin the process of crate training. Crate training has worked wonders for my dog, who was adopted about a year ago. The first month was terrible for me, I would come home to a mess and I don’t believe she even knew that it was wrong. So after a few rather annoying weeks, I turned to crate training and I’m happy to report that Vanille has been accident free since!
I hope this shed some light on this age old conundrum. Having the joy of an animal companion is amazing and with hardwood flooring, you can have your cake and eat it too.