Doggy messes can do a horrible number on carpets with stains and smells that linger. Even if you can visibly get the stain out, the urine smell can move through the carpet and into the padding under it.
The best option to avoid carpet stains is to look towards flooring products that create a hard, liquid resistant surface. Choosing the right product can mean any mess the dogs make can be quickly wiped up without any lingering damage. The choices for creating this hard surface include laminate, tile/stone, vinyl and hard woods.
A laminate floor like the ones from Armstrong come treated with a special seal that blocks stains, scuffs and scratches. While laminate flooring looks like wood, it is a synthetic product produced to give the look of wood without the upkeep. The reason it looks so much like wood is that it is treated with a photographic process that mimics wood grain. One of the most popular makes of the Armstrong laminate is the Woodland Reclaim. This dark colored flooring gives you the rustic charm of reclaimed materials without the work.
Customers liked the beauty of the product without the upkeep you often see with real wood floors. The easy clean up with a dry mop was also a selling point because again you do not have the usual upkeep real wood floors have as they require the oil application. The only drawback to this type of floor for dog households is that it can be noisy to have the dogs run across it just as it is on hardwood floors.
Ceramic tiles and stone formed floors are another option for creating a hard surface, and they can offer a wider range of decorative options. You often see tile in entry ways, kitchens or bathrooms but they can be used throughout the house. Ceramic tiles can be found is just about any color, shape, size and even design. One of the biggest benefits of using either tile or stone is how creative you can be and how versatile they are.
Customers generally liked the beauty of the tile and how easy it is to clean up after a puppy mess, but it can be a bit more challenging than laminate since you have the issue of the grout. Customers did not like the fact that this type of flooring can be cold for all members of the family. In the winter time is it especially important to make sure pets have a warm spot to sleep either on area rugs or pet beds as this floor will be even colder then. For dogs with nails that have grown out, it can also be noisy.
Vinyl flooring is another option for going stain free and pet friendly. Most people at some point have had vinyl floors in the kitchen if they do not still have them there. Vinyl floors are a softer synthetic that can be made to mimic tile, natural flooring or various textures. This type of flooring is usually bought in large rolls similar to carpet so there is not the skills needs to install that there is with tile.
Customers generally like the utility of the vinyl floor and also like the fact that is much quieter for dogs to run across as you do not hear their nails clicking on the hard surface. Vinyl is also a little more forgiving for the falls you see with young children so it’s more of a cushion than say a hardwood or tile.
Hardwood floors are for many households the go to choice, but since they are a natural product they do tend to get scratched and require more upkeep to maintain the natural beauty. If you are a hardwood floor enthusiast, it seems the trade-off of the upkeep is well worth the long lasting beauty. Hardwood flooring of today can include the traditional oak, cherry and even exotics like bamboo.
Customers that go the route of the hardwood floor tend to be loyal to the beauty and are generally very happy with the look. They tend to like the overall feel of the flooring but do not like that it can get scratched and may also be noisy for pets to run across.
Regardless of the option you choose, in general a surface that is not carpeted is going to be better for surviving pet accidents. The ease of cleaning is a huge selling point of most of the harder surfaces.