Dogs shed, get fleas/ticks, track in dirt, vomit, etc. Carpet confines the dander, dirt, fleas and ticks making it difficult to remove it all. Oils from dogs coats can transfer to carpet and cause discoloration. Urine stains are all but impossible to fully remove from carpeting. The urine seeps below the carpet and is absorbed by the padding and the smell almost never fully goes away.
Laminate flooring makes wiping up messes easy, but any damage done is permanent. Scratches, nicks, and dents will be there for good and if a wet mess is not cleaned up promptly, laminates may buckle.
Hardwood floors can be repaired if needed. This is the big difference. Scratches and dents can usually be sanded out. Dirt, dander, fleas, and ticks are more easily removed from hardwood flooring as well. Follow these tips and you should be able to keep your hardwood floors in good repair and enjoy your pets!
- Place food and water dishes on a rug or mat.
- Place a rug or mat by the doors the animals use most often.
- Keep the nails trimmed.
- Wipe up urine or any wet mess immediately or as soon as possible.