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Australian floor company recommends pet-friendly flooring materials

Floormania, an Australian flooring supplier, recently published an article advising pet owners on the best flooring choices for humans and their four-legged friends.

People who choose solid flooring for their Wirral home usually select flooring that looks good and of a suitable quality that will last for many years. Most people don’t think about their dogs, cats or other pets when choosing floor material.

A large dog can cause wear and tear on a floor from its claws and of course any animal that is not yet housetrained can stain floors.

When it comes to wood flooring, the article recommends harder woods such as oak, mahogany and jarrah. Softer woods such as pine can show dog scratches, and could also stain if the pet has an ‘accident’.

Laminate flooring is an attractive choice for animal owners as it is resistant to scratching, however some laminates are shiny and may cause a dog to slip or slide. Laminates with textured or embossed finishes are better for this.

Of all the flooring, Floormania recommends bamboo as the ideal material for owners and their pets. Bamboo is resilient, hard wearing and stain resistant.

Cork is another recommended solution. It is hard wearing and its insulating qualities help keep the house warm. It’s also sound absorbent. If your cat or dog paces in the night on a cork floor, people sleeping upstairs are less likely to be disturbed. Cork is also water resistant.

The article can be read in full here.

If you are considering your options for a new floor, consider your four-legged pals as well as the human members of the family.

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