Post # 1
As my husband and I save up for a home, we are considering what we want to look for in a home. One of mine is to have wooden floors. And we will be getting another dog one of these days. Great right?
Well I just remembered something. About five years ago, I visited a friend of mine who had a dog and had wooden floors. I saw stains all over her wooden floor from the dog earlier either peeing or pooping. I got concerned about that.
What has been your experience with your dog and your wooden floors? On the occasions when there is an accident and the dog pees or poops, did it stain your floor??
Thanks for any help.
Post # 3
We have wooden floors and there are no lasting stains from accidents, just make sure you clean it up as soon as you see it.
Post # 4
I think it is worse when they stain the carpet! The smell to me just never seems to go away. May be it was just in my head.
Post # 5
Our dog doesn’t go to the bathroom in the house, so it’s not an issue. If your dog isn’t potty trained, you’re going to have a problem on carpet or wood. Even a puppy shouldn’t have more than a few accidents in the house, and you’ll just have to watch them and make sure to clean it up quickly.
Post # 6
No issues with staining our floors, but make sure the pups nails are short, as we have TONS of scratches on our floors from my brothers dog.
Post # 7
I have no stains on my wood floors from my dogs, but it is all scratched to hell because of them.
Post # 8
Ehhh it depends on the poly finish on the floor. If it’s a good thick coating, the likelihood of there being any long lasting stains are minimal (as long as it’s cleaned relatively quickly), but if the floors are older and the finish is worn or thinned, there’s a higher risk of having stains left behind. This is my personal experience, so it may not be 100% accurate, but our original 1970’s flooring had thinned poly coating and our puppy peed in the same spot in the hallway when she was little. We recently refinished the floors and the stain it left behind was a pain to get out!! Best recommendation I can give – crate your puppy 🙂 It will nearly eliminate accidents.
Post # 9
Well – your dog shouldn’t just be peeing and pooping around your house at will.
But no – so long as you clean it up quickly and don’t just let it sit there, it shouldn’t stain your wood floors.
Post # 10
Be more concerned about scratches than stains
Post # 11
In the early stages of puppyhood I have no remaining stains on the wood floors. If you are worried definitely do crate training and designate the kitchen for “free space”. With wood floors keep the nails trimmed or else you may get a few scratches if the floors are on the softer side. We are building a home and while I love hard woods I think I will go with laminate just for the durability, with soon to be 3 dogs.
Post # 12
My wooden floors have stains from the previous owner’s dogs. They had carpet, and apparently didn’t clean it, or the dog used the same few spots regularly, and it seems to have seeped into the padding and deteriorated the wood underneath. Its so bad that even after we removed the carpeting (which wasn’t stained, but the padding was disgusting) and sanded and refinished the floors (we had to go dark walnut to hide most of it) you can still see some of the larger areas.
Modern hardwoods have a thick polyurethane coat or something similar, so dog messes shouldn’t be a problem if cleaned up in a reasonable amount of time.
Do also be aware though if you have a shedder, the hair is ALWAYS there. Unlike carpet where it can hide with hardwood i swear to you i will see tumbleweeds of hair minutes after vacuuming. its my least favortie thing about cleaning.
Post # 13
My wooden floors are all scratched up from my dog, and I’ve only had her for 2 months. When I see the light hit a certain area of the floor where she walks often, I just see long parallel scrtaches all over the place. My dog has never peed or pooped on the hardwood floors though, but she has stained the carpets and I don’t know if I will ever be able to get the smell out. We even rented a rug doctor and used it multiple times over the same areas – it didn’t help.
Post # 14
@Earlybride: We have fake wood floors that look great and we have a little Shih-Tzu and we have never had a problem. You can hear her little claws whenever she walks tho which can be annoying but the few times that she has peed or puked it has been really easy to clean up and never any stains.
Post # 15
I have never had an issues with stains on the wood floor from the dog and our dog took forever to get potty trained (tons of accidents). The floors in my apartment are fairly new so well sealed.
The issues we do have: scratches. Dog nails will ruin wood floors, there is no way around it. If you don’t mind little scratches or plan to refinish them often then you’re fine. The scrathes from my two dogs (25lbs and 40lbs) aren’t so bad it bothers me, but I don’t imagine getting my full secuirty deposit back. My parents have an 85lb dog and their floors are a bit more beat up becuase of his size.
Post # 16
@Earlybride: As long as you clean it up when you notice it, everything is fine. The only time it should stain is when it’s left sitting and the liquid soaks between the boards and into the stain or through a carpet that was laid on top. Aside from stains make sure you pick a hard hardwood. There are varying degrees of ‘hard’ and if your dog weighs over 20 pounds you should take that into consideration.