Stow HardwoodJust because you have pets doesn’t mean you can’t still have beautiful hardwood floors in your Cleveland South home! Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any room of the house that brings style and class to a room. The experts at Floor Coverings International Cleveland South share some tips for keeping your hardwood floors looking great even with pets and people running around!

1. Consider a Hardwood Alternative

While hardwoods are beautiful, there are a few options that look just like the real thing and are easier to maintain! Laminate hardwood has the look of hardwood with the durability and easy maintenance of laminate. Advances in technology have made it so realistic wood grains can be printed and placed on top of a particle board, creating a laminate plank in your favorite hardwood species. Wood-look tile is also a great alternative. Similar to laminate, wood-look tile has the appearance of hardwood but is available in different tile varieties.

2. Be Prepared for Accidents

While not all accidents can be stopped, it’s important to be prepared for when they do. Urine can damage the finish of hardwood flooring and eventually seep into the wood if it’s not cleaned up quickly. One way to be prepared is to always have towels and paper towels on hand and stock up on animal safe cleaner for a quick clean up. Training pads are also a great option for young or old pets that often don’t make it outside in time.

3. Clean Often

It’s important to regularly sweep and mop your hardwood floors to keep them looking great. This also helps to prevent dirt and pet hair that is dragged in from ruining the floors. On wet days, make sure to wipe their paws before letting them back in.

4. Use Mats and Rugs

Mats and rugs are much easier to replace than hardwoods, so use these in high-traffic areas of the home that your pets are often in. This will help to protect your floors.

5. Select a More Durable Hardwood

Hardwoods range quite a bit in durability, so it’s important to know what you’re installing in your home. Hardwoods with a high Janka hardness rating such as cherry, oak, or maple are great options. Thankfully our trained design associates know all about this and will help you select a durable hardwood for your home!

Having pets doesn’t mean you can’t have hardwoods. Give the experts at Floor Coverings International Cleveland South a call today to schedule your free in-home design consultation and go over all of your hardwood options. We proudly serve the greater Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson and Akron areas.

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