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Flooring for Pet Owners and Parents

Posted by kim carpenter on July 8, 2014
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Keeping your floors neat and tidy when there are young or furry members of the family living in your house can be a struggle. Especially during the summer months! If you are planning on selling your home anytime soon, installing in kid and pet-friendly flooring may be a worthwhile investment. So whether you have children, pets or a combination of the two, here are a few of the hardiest flooring options on the market.


Tile– Porcelain, stone or ceramic tile is a good choice if you’re looking for something that can hold up against wear and tear. Tile is scratch resistant, which is helpful if you are worried about pet claws damaging your floor. And any messes that occur can quickly and easily be mopped up without leaving permanent damage.


Stain-proof carpet- Just as the name implies, stain-proof carpet is specially made carpet that repels dirt, liquids and other messes (including pet accidents). The most popular stain-proof carpets are made from nylon that’s been infused with a special coating during the manufacturing process. There are also stain-proof carpets made of wool, but that’s quite a bit pricier. One word of caution: be sure not to clean your stain-proof carpets with harsh chemicals, because this could damage their stain-fighting properties.


Vinyl Flooring– Today’s vinyl designs are quite different from the vinyl of the past. There are many different designs to choose from, including options that mimic the look of hardwood flooring. Vinyl is scratch and stain resistant, low in allergens, easy to clean and even quiet to walk on.


Bamboo– This is a new, environmentally friendly option that many homeowners may not have ever considered before. Bamboo is actually harder than hardwood flooring, which means than it will stand up to foot traffic. It is also stain-resistant and extremely durable; perfect for pet owners!


Were you surprised by any of the flooring options on the list? Home designers are always working hard to popularize new materials that can increase the value of your home. Choose carefully and you’ll have flooring that enhances the room, looks great during showings and makes your entire family happier.

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