Timber floors are a great investment that can last for many years and be enjoyed by many generations. This type of floor is also extremely durable and will still be strong even after decades of use. However, if you have pets, you need to take extra caution to prevent damages from scratches or urine stains. Here are effective ways of protecting your wood flooring against damage from your pets.

Clear messes quickly

It is important for you to protect your wooden floors by wiping up any puddles promptly. If your floor is well polished, you may never notice any damages on the planks. However, following your pet to catch him/her in the act of urinating in your home is almost impossible. Therefore, if you see any puddle, you should wipe it up and spray the area with vinegar to neutralize the ammonia and inhibit further damage.

Replace any damaged planks

If you leave cat or dog urine on your wooden floor for long, it will become corrosive. The urine will end up corroding the finishing and getting to the wood itself. This can result in more serious damage, which may require expert repair services. In some cases, the flooring contractors will remove individual sections of the timber floor that are extremely damaged. They will then install new planks that perfectly blend with the surrounding floor.

Regularly trim the pets’ toenails

Deep gouges and scratches on the floor are some of the common concerns that most pet parents who have hardwood floors have. Your pet’s untrimmed nails can be quite destructive to your hardwood floors. One of the most effective ways of preventing significant damage is by keeping the toenails of your pets trimmed regularly. Make sure that you take your pets to the vets regularly for trims. Well-trimmed nails on your pet will be the best line of defense for protecting your timber floors.

Use a strong wood finishing

Hardwood flooring finishes come in a wide range of strengths and compositions. To protect your floor against any pet stains, use a moisture-treated or water-based urethane finish that will offer extra moisture protection. Water-based urethane finishes tend to be easier to apply, and they are fast-drying. On the other hand, moisture-treated urethane finishes offer superior protection against any pet urine or scratches.

Apply several coat finishes on the floor

Most timber floor finishes tend to recoat easily, and this helps to create several layers of protection against scratch marks on the floors. When you have multiple finishing coats, scratches and pet stains will not be able to penetrate your finishing. If the finishing is completely damaged, it can easily be repaired by refinishing or spot-sanding. Ensure that you reapply the timber floor treatment finish regularly as part of a continuous maintenance program. For extra protection, make sure that you use superior quality and tougher finishes.

Use rugs or mats in strategic locations

Homeowners should install floor runners and rugs in areas that experience heavy traffic and the pet zones to help protect the wood flooring. If your dog usually runs to the front door to meet you, be sure to place runners in the hallway. You should use absorbent and breathable barriers under pet food dishes and water, especially if they are on timber floors. If possible, you should consider moving pet dishes to areas that have vinyl or tile flooring.

Many pet owners opt for hardwood floors because they provide better protection against pet damage compared to carpeting. Timber floors are not impregnable and are susceptible to wear and tear over time. With these tips in mind, you can avoid damage on your hardwood floors and ensure that they stay magnificent and beautiful for many years. 

Published by Lucy Jones