You can have the look of wood flooring in your home while saving money by opting for a wood-laminate version. Laminate is a good option for homes with pets, as the man-made surface is more durable and scratch-resistant than traditional wood.
Laminate is less expensive than traditional wood flooring and is often considered to be inferior. But it offers the same rich look as wood and will withstand pet wear and tear much better.
Not only do laminate floors stand up better to pet paws and claws, they are also easier to clean. Instead of waxing, laminate floors can just be damp-mopped clean.
As added protection against your pet scratching the floor, you can choose to use a specialty sealer-cleaner. Most laminate manufacturers produce their own cleaning products made especially for their brand of flooring. These sealants will help prevent scratching as well.
You can further protect your laminate flooring by having your pet's nails trimmed and buffed on a regular basis.
When choosing the color of your wood-laminate flooring, consider the color of your dog's hair. Dark pet hair is best hidden on a a darker laminate floor, and vice versa.
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