T​​op Pet-Friendly Flooring Options

T​​op Pet-Friendly Flooring Options

Article by Mo Gaffar

Living with four-legged friends can be full of fun, mischief, and cosy sofa cuddles – but it can also feature a lot of mess. From muddy post-walk paws to scratching claws, having pets can take its toll on a floor. So let’s explore what to consider when choosing a material for a home with pets, plus the top pet-friendly flooring options that tick all the right boxes for style, durability, and easy cleaning.

What to look for in a pet-friendly floor material

There are a few key features to keep in mind when shopping for new flooring as a pet owner.

Water resistant

Accidents happen – especially when a puppy or kitten is still being toilet trained. That’s why finding a water resistant material can make life much simpler for pet lovers. Because these materials can withstand water, they are also suitable for cleaning with a damp cloth or mop, which makes wiping away any accidents easier too.

Scratch-proof

Paws and claws can leave floors scuffed and scraped, so look for materials that can’t be easily scratched and won’t show visible marks. To minimise wear and tear, choose flooring that has a non-slip surface which will help prevent pets skidding and sliding across the room. For extra protection, ensure your pet’s claws are clipped regularly.

Easy to clean

Whether digging in the garden or jumping in puddles, pets bring plenty of dirt into the home. To reduce time spent on chores, pick a flooring material that is easy to clean without using specialist products. Many flooring types can be kept clean with a simple combination of soap and water, while choosing a hard floor will ensure pet hair can be easily removed by sweeping or vacuuming.

The most popular flooring for pet owners

Discover three of the most popular flooring types for pet owners, all of which can be viewed in store at Kings Road Flooring.

Luxury vinyl tile

Also known as LVT, luxury vinyl tile is an affordable alternative to wooden floorboards or stone tiles which recreates the colour and pattern of these natural materials. This makes it a great choice for style-conscious homeowners who want the look of a premium material, but in a more pet-friendly design.

Tough, hardwearing, and highly resistant to wear and tear, LVT is also waterproof, so it can be used in a boot room or utility where pets get cleaned up after a rainy walk. For pets who prefer staying cosy indoors, luxury vinyl tile is warm and cushioned – perfect for resting on the floor after a long day. It is also quiet underfoot – or under paw – which will help maintain a peaceful home.

Laminate

The ultimate in low cost and low maintenance flooring, laminate is an ideal option for pet lovers who don’t want to worry about upkeep or cleaning. Available in a wide selection of styles and colours which mimic the timber tones and grained patterns of floorboards, laminate can be used to achieve a wood floor look for less.

Everyday wear and tear isn’t a problem for laminate flooring, which is also water resistant and easy to wipe clean. Any scratches that do occur from paws or claws will also be less noticeable thanks to the wood grain appearance of the flooring.

Engineered hardwood

For those who don’t want to compromise on authentic wooden flooring, engineered hardwood offers a good combination of natural character and everyday durability. More budget-friendly than a solid timber floor, engineered wood is also more stable and hardwearing, providing long-lasting style.

But is engineered hardwood a pet-friendly choice? Although these materials generally need cleaning with specialist products to protect their quality, engineered hardwood flooring also has a wear layer which allows it to be sanded and refinished. This means that, should your four-legged friends cause minor scuffs and scrapes, the floor can be restored to its best.

Visit us for more pet-friendly options

To explore our full range of pet-friendly flooring options, visit the Kings Road Flooring showroom in Melton Mowbray. Our collection also includes stylish rugs, which can be used to create a cosy place for pets to relax while protecting the floor beneath from damage. 

If you want to shop without leaving your canine or feline companions at home, let us bring our store to you. Our shop at home service allows you to view hundreds of samples from the comfort of your sofa, with the added benefit of seeing each option alongside your decor and furniture. To find out more, use our contact form to get in touch or call 01664 500 911.