(Closed) Hardwood floors and pet accidents

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We don’t have dogs, but sometimes our cat will vomit on our hardwood  floors, and it’s really super easy to clean up.  As long as they are sealed properly there shouldn’t be a problem.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would have thought that it wouldn’t make a difference on hardwood. And certainly would be a lot cleaner than having carpet. But I’m not 100% sure about that.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I would definitely recommend hard floors if you’re not going to do carpet again. We have hardwood & when the doggies mess on that, it’s so easy to clean up!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I will never ever ever have carpet again. I have 3 cats and hardwood makes life so much easier! If there’s ever an accident (vomit/hairballs in our house), it’s so fast to clean up. I’ve never had the floor damaged by it.

You may want to consider a high quality laminate hardwood rather than regular hardwood. I found my cat’s nails really scratched up the expensive hardwood floors I had in my condo. I had a good laminate put down in our house and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I’m an interior designer and I’m supposed to be morally opposed to it, but it’s come a long way, you’d never know it wasn’t real hardwood. The stuff is indestructible!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It is so much easier to hardwood than to clean carpet! Hardwood has come a long way, and it should be fine!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are getting hardwood in our house this spring. I hate cleaning cat vomit from the carpet. Can’t wait!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

As the other ladies have said, as long as your floors are properly sealed, you should be fine.  You should make sure to tell the installers to add an extra coat of sealant, and clean up any messes as soon as you see them.  As long as nothing is just sitting on the hardwood for more than a day, it’ll be fine.

You may also want to consider that your older lab may have a hard time walking on hardwood…you may need to put down some washable runners.  Is there a way you could set up an inside potty area for him?  Some puppy pads in a corner maybe?

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hardwood floors are THE BEST thing when you have animals that are messy! First of all, dogs don’t like peeing on the hardwood as much, so they do it less. And when they do, you can see it’s there and it’s easier to clean up. I can’t tell you how many times I stepped in dog pee that had been sitting for a few hours and soaked in to FMIL’s dark, super absorbent carpet, and then had to spend 15 minutes cleaning it. 

As others have said, as long as they’re sealed and you clean them properly, you’ll be fine! 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’ve heard that as long as you clean it up ASAP its fine, wood is damaged by water, so if the urine or liquid sits on the floor for a while it will eventually wear on it.

Other questions for others with hardwood floors, we are looking to spend a pretty penny putting hardwood floors in our two living areas and have heard about dogs nails scatching it. We would do a nice laminate, but the sellers already have this beautiful wood in the dining & down the halls, so we don’t want to rip it up, instead we want to continue it to the living areas.

So, if we do a really good job at keeping our dogs nails trimmed, do you think the wood will still scratch?

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Fiance and I are looking for a house right now and one of the things on our “want” list is wood laminate floors and partially for this reason! Soooooo easy to clean up. The floors can scratch, so you’ll want to make sure to keep the furbabies’ nails trimmed.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@AnnieAAA – The Future In-Laws have an English Bully, and his nails don’t scratch the floor. They keep them fairly well maintained, but he is clumsy, so I think if they were going to get scratched by any dog, it’d be him! The only thing that has scratched the floor was the kitchen chairs when the bottom leg pad protector came off and someone dragged it across the floor.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

My floors scratched where my cats would “push off” for running (top and bottom of stairs). Higher traffic areas are always more at risk for damage of course. I know there are brands that advertise being gator tough or whatever, but I haven’t heard that they’re actually any better.

If you have an extra board of the hardwood that the previous owners left in storage for you, take that with you to the store, you may be able to find a really great laminate to match. We have mismatched floors (couldn’t match the existing) and I found it actually works really well to distinguish between the two spaces. We tried to pick up on the tones of our diningroom floor with our livingroom floor. We also ran the grain perpendicular to each other (so diningroom boards and grains run east/west and livingroom runs north/south). I’m really happy with the way it turned out!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am also on the side of laminate for pet owner’s. I have hardwood in my family room,foyer, steps, and landing and laminate in my daughters room. My daughter’s floor is still flawless but all other areas show some wear and tear.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Ours are super scratched up from our hyper 80lb dog…  The guy who refinished them sayd he thought they were fir which is harder than pine but softer than oak.  Maybe if they were oak they wouldnt have scratched, but they were original to the home so we had no say in it.

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