The decision to have hardwood flooring installed in one’s home can be a wonderful one. After all, hardwood flooring can add resale value while also giving the home a more elegant appearance when compared to many other flooring types. However, hardwood flooring can be difficult for pet owners to maintain, as pets’ nails and actions can cause premature wear and tear to even the most durable of hardwood floors. Fortunately, there are a few steps any pet owner can take to protect new hardwood installation Albuquerque.
Cleaning Up Stains Immediately
All pet owners know that stains are inevitable; whether it be a hair ball from a cat or an “accident” by a new puppy, stains can be a hardwood floor’s worst nightmare. For example, the acids found in a cat’s vomit/bile can actually cause staining and other damage to hardwood floors. As such, it’s important for pet owners to be on top of cleaning up stains as soon as they occur. This will help to reduce staining and decrease changes of floors becoming permanently damaged.
Putting Down Rugs and Mats
Another good idea for pet owners to follow after hardwood flooring installation at their Albuquerque homes is that of laying down rugs and mats, especially in areas of high foot traffic. This can help to reduce scratches and gouges in the floor caused by pets’ claws. For example, homeowners with dogs who like to run full speed to the patio door when going outside may want to consider placing an area rug or mat near the patio doors to cut back on floor damage over time.
Keeping Pets’ Nails Trimmed
Perhaps the best thing a pet owner can do when it comes to protecting hardwood floors, however, is simply keeping their pets’ nails trimmed as much as possible. This isn’t always an easy task, especially with cats who don’t typically like having their nails trimmed. However, by taking pets to the local groomer every couple of weeks, it is possible to keep their nails trimmed and protect floors.
As a result, homeowners can save money on potentially expensive hardwood floor replacement and/or repair down the road.
Maintaining new hardwood floors does take some care and patience, but this is especially true for pet owners. By following these tips, however, any pet owner and keep their floors looking like new for years to come.