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Is Laminate a Pet Friendly Flooring?

Dear Bob and Betsy,
I recently installed laminate in my home. Now, my daughter has pressured me into adopting a puppy. He is adorable, but I worry about my floors getting scratched up. Is laminate a pet friendly flooring?
– Michelle S.

Dear Michelle,

Congratulations on the new puppy! You can rest a little easier tonight knowing that laminate is pet friendly. In fact, it’s one of the most pet friendly floors on the market.

Unlike wood flooring, laminate is made with a protective layer. This layer is extraordinarily durable, which makes it difficult for your puppy’s paws to scratch the surface.

Still, as is the case with any new creature in your home, there are concerns. Here are a few tips for how to keep your already pet-friendly flooring even better protected against accidents.

Clean up water spills fast.

Does your pet slobber? Does he splash his water or tip over his bowl?

Is Laminate Flooring Durable with Pets?

Laminate is not waterproof but it is water resistant. Water puddles are one of the biggest causes of damage to laminate flooring. To help you avoid having your floors buckle or warp with damage, it is important that you clean up water puddles as soon as you see them.

Keep your pet’s nails well-trimmed.

Your pet’s nails grow just like human’s nails grow. Keeping them well trimmed is good for this health. It’s also good for ensuring that your flooring stays looking great.

Although there is a protective layer on the floor, this layer can get scratched over time with the abuse of sharp, long nails. The best way to make sure your floors remain in good condition is to keep your pet’s nails in good condition.

Replacing damaged planks isn’t that hard.

Unlike other flooring, you don’t have to worry about scratching.

If an accident does happen (and they do on occasion) you don’t have to worry about having to replace your entire floor. Instead, you can replace just the few planks that were damaged.

Because laminate uses a click to lock installation process, your floors can easily be uninstalled and reinstalled. That means that you can uninstall your floors to the point where you reach the damaged planks, reinstall a new plank without damage, and then reinstall the remaining undamaged planks. It’s cheaper, easier, and keeps your house looking amazing for longer.

Now that you know your floors are pet friendly you can have more fun chasing, snuggling, and playing with your new puppy.

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