Sleek and shiny hardwood flooring makes a statement, but it also makes it tough on Fido. But if you have your heart set on hardwood floors, never fear. There is such a thing as dog-friendly hardwood flooring. When it comes to choosing the best hardwood flooring for dogs, there are a couple of important factors to consider: Sheen and Hardness.

Choose a Less Shiny Sheen

A lower sheen helps hide the nicks, dents and scratches that your pet’s claws can leave on your hardwood floors. A glossy floor can magnify every mark. A glossy finish also makes it more likely your dog will claw at the floor, trying to get a grip on a slick floor. A lower-gloss finish also makes pet hair and dirt less visible, so you don’t feel you have to sweep the floor twice daily. Of course, there is no such thing as scratch-proof hardwood flooring, but choosing a lower gloss will help your floor look scratch resistant.

Purchase HARD Hardwood Flooring

Not all hardwood flooring is equal. When purchasing dog-friendly hardwood flooring, pay attention to the Janka Hardness Scale. The Janka rating measures wood’s resistance to dents, scratches and wear. The higher the Janka rating, the more resistant the hardwood floors will be to your pet’s claw marks. Red oak, white oak, hickory, walnut and pecan are domestic species with very good hardness ratings. Exotic woods like Brazilian cherry and acacia are among the most durable hardwoods available.

Another good option for dog owners is distressed wood. Distressed wood flooring is great because a scratch or dent doesn’t detract from the floor’s beauty. Before distressed wood is finished, the softer wood fibers are scraped off, leaving the textured, harder grain, Paired with the dog-friendly finish, dents and scratches are almost invisible.

And of Course, Trim Those Nails

Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed can also help protect your hardwood flooring.

Carpet Concepts sells and installs hardwood flooring from Mohawk, Mannington, Shaw and Lauzon. . Stop by our flooring showroom to check out all of the possibilities! If we don’t have what you’re looking for in stock, we can order it for you. We can also send someone for an in-home consultation. Call us today at 410-256-0123 or stop by our flooring store.

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