It is fair to say that Australia is a nation of pet lovers. According to the Australian Veterinary Association, there are more than 25 million pets across the country, with 63 per cent of households home to an animal of some size and shape.
Of course, there are two animals that stand ahead of the pack. A total of 39 per cent of households have a dog, while 29 per cent have a cat. However, one of the downsides of pets is that they can leave a mess or two in your home. So, if you have recently installed wooden flooring or are planning to, how can you ensure that your dog or cat doesn't scratch your perfect floor?
1) Invest in rugs and mats
One of the first ways to protect your wooden floor is with rugs and mats. If you place these near doorways or main thoroughfares, you can wipe their paws off before they walk on the floor. Alternatively, a mat at the edge of a door can prevent any moisture getting tracked onto the wooden floor.
If your dogs are quite young, you could also teach them to wait on the doormats before entering the home – enabling you to clean them up and maintain the integrity of the floor.
2) Trim pet nails as often as possible
Although polished wooden floors are designed to take some stress and pressure, scratches are something that you will want to avoid. This said, with cats and dogs running around your home, their claws may start to get long and leave scratches on the floor.
The most obvious solution to this is getting their nails trimmed often. Although you could do this procedure yourself, it is always best to take your pet to the vet and have their nails professionally cut.
3) Clean up accidents promptly
Cats and dogs are great family pets, but sometimes they can leave you a little present on the floor that requires cleaning up. Despite the fact that modern wooden floors are designed to resist accidents of this nature, urine becomes more corrosive the longer it sits. Interestingly. once a pet has a favourite spot, they tend to return time and time again.
As well as constantly monitoring your floors, this problem highlights the value of properly toilet training your pets. You don't want any surprises on your prized wooden floor!
For more information about protecting your hardwood flooring, get in touch with the team at Sydney Flooring today.