If you’re trying to find the best flooring and you have pets in your home, you have to consider how well the floor resists urine stains, claw scratches, and shedding. If you pick a good match, then you’ll have beautiful new floors that are easy to keep clean and sanitary. Here are some things to consider.

Urine Stains

Even if the pets you have now are well house-trained, you may get a new puppy, or your dog may get sick and start making messes in the house. That’s why it’s a good idea to choose flooring that is resistant to fluids. Carpet is the worst choice since it will soak up pet urine and begin to smell bad. Wood floors can be damaged if a wet spot is allowed to sit on the floor for a long time without being cleaned. The urine can seep into the wood and cause bad odors in your home. Tile, stone, and vinyl flooring are all excellent choices. They can be easily wiped clean with soap and disinfectant. They are resistant to liquid stains because they are waterproof. Since they can be cleaned so easily, they won’t hold onto pet odors.

Scratches

Tile, stone, and vinyl floors are hard surfaces, so scratches won’t show. A big dog can scratch a wood floor if you don’t keep the dog’s nails trimmed. Soft woods like pine scratch the easiest, so if you want a wood floor, but have a big dog, you should look into harder varieties of wood such as oak or hard maple. Otherwise, be sure to trim your pet’s nails on a regular basis. Carpeting doesn’t get scratched, but your pet’s nails can get caught in it. It’s best to avoid looped fibers because they can catch a nail and rip it off or twist your pet’s ankle.

Shedding

Shedding is only a problem when you have carpets. It’s an even bigger problem if you have an allergy to your pet’s hair or dander because the allergens collect in the carpet. Plan on vacuuming your carpet and upholstery often to keep it free from hair. While carpeting is the least suitable type of flooring for pets, it does have one big advantage. It’s so soft it makes a comfortable lounging place for your pets. If you choose stone, tile, or hardwood, remember the floors are hard and cold in the winter. Put down thick area rugs or pet beds so your pets can lounge in comfort.

You don’t have to give up your first choice in flooring or your pet. If you want a floor that isn’t the most compatible for life with a pet, you can try alternatives such as blocking off certain rooms in your home, using area rugs, and having your dog trained if making messes is a problem.