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What is the Best Type of Flooring for Pets?

When you are thinking of purchasing new flooring you must consider everyone and everything in your household. Not just you humans! Don’t forget your pets. Have you taken into consideration what might be best for them?

We all get a bit confused as to what is best for our pet’s for example; what is comfortable for them, what is more than likely to get ruined with dirt or will they get fur everywhere? Sometimes it depends on your pet. Some animals don’t moult as much as others where as you might have a pet that gets fur everywhere. With cats and dogs, you can have beds for them but they still like to roam around everywhere.

What happens when you return from a dog walk? Do you wipe them down if they are muddy or are they likely to run through your house and bring dirt in. Maybe you might decide that carpet isn’t for you if you If it means scrubbing at it to get the muck out.

Laminate is easier to clean but isn’t always that comfortable for them to lie on. Vinyl is more cushioned and very easy to clean. You can buy stain resistant flooring that can be comfortable and easy to clean up after them. With many styles and options out there you can’t go wrong and you can also find something that suits your idea and taste.

Here at Urmston Carpets Warehouse we are more than happy to assist and guide you with helping you find that flooring which is best suitable for the household. So what are the pro’s and con’s off flooring we provide? Here in this short article we briefly explain what could suit you and your pets but also what might be the disadvantage of certain types of flooring. We have many designs so either way we definitely have the flooring for you!

Read here for important advice:

Laminate Flooring

Due to the hardness of laminate flooring, pet owners may turn to it instead of traditional hardwood. While this may work to provide the décor people want, it can be difficult for pets, especially dogs, because they will slip and slide as they walk or run through the home. This will cause their hips to move in unnatural ways, which may cause damage to their bodies. Laminate won’t show scratches as easily as some other surfaces, but because they are slippery and uncomfortable to lie on, rugs are recommended throughout the home to help the pet.

Vinyl Flooring

While many people wouldn’t think vinyl flooring be a very pet friendly flooring choice, the new luxury vinyl flooring is an excellent choice, and it’s great for small children, too. The flooring is scratch and stain resistant, low in allergens, easy to clean and maintain, and even quiet to walk on.


When it comes to pets, carpet is likely the worst flooring choice one can make, simply because it is easily damaged by pets. Even normal wear and tear on carpet in a pet-free home happens faster than with other flooring options. If carpet is the only choice because it is the most cost effective option for home flooring, the best thing to do is choose a carpet without loops as pet nails can snag on the loops and cause the carpet to wear faster.

While budget and ease of installation will be factors impacting the flooring decisions of a home, taking time to consider the best flooring options for pets beforehand may save money in repairs and frustration in the long run.

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