How to Clean Laminate Floors with Dogs in Your Home

This is a guide to help you clean your laminate flooring if you have dogs in the home

Pets are really lovable creatures and they give a certain life, energy and beauty to your home. However as lovely as they are, they can also cause some issues. The primary issue with pets is that they damage the flooring. Dogs, specifically, can scratch the flooring. If the dog is heavy and has long nails, then it can cause a lot of damage to the floor. Good laminate flooring is durable and can sustain some damage as well. However, even with the robustness and durability, sometimes, scratches can happen. In order to handle such cases, you must have a laminate floor repair kit as well.

If your laminate flooring is glossy, you need to clean it frequently, using a microfiber dust mop, along with warm water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Highly glossy laminate flooring often shows prints and the chances increase if you have a dog or pet in house. If the prints and mud is wet, you should try to clean it up as quickly as possible, in order to protect your flooring. If the mud is dry, then you can simply sweep the floor or vacuum it. A word of caution, however, is that don’t use steam cleaners or wet jets. Such types of cleaners add moisture to the flooring, which can be damaging to it in the long run.

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How to protect your floor from other dog messes

Tropical moisture is an enemy of any floating-floor system, especially if it isn’t mopped up quickly because it can seep into the seams of the laminate planks. Some solutions for you to consider:

  • Place a tray with an absorbent mat under your dog’s water bowl to collect any water drops, dribbles and drippings.
  • Encourage your sweating dog to cool down on a mat rather than on the laminate floor (possibly easier said than done).
  • Add a continuous bead of PVA Type II glue to the edges of any laminate planks likely to be exposed to moisture. Glue will keep any fluids from getting in between the planks.

If you have a dog and you’re replacing carpet with laminate floor, consider a few extra steps to help your dog transition to your home’s new improved floor covering:

  • Cut out and save a piece of carpet that has an area where your dog may have dispensed topical moisture. Check the carpet and pad for stain or dampness. Put this piece of carpet in a large plastic container, cutting the sides of the container down to the height of the carpet. Because all animals are scent-driven, this will create a scent-baited comfort station. Place this scent comfort station on a vinyl floor or near an exit door.
  • Prepare the subfloor where you dog previously had an accident so that you don’t have the same situation happening again with your new laminate floor.

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