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March 6, 2015 4:52 pm Published by 2 Comments

Choosing The Best Hardwood Floors For Your Canine Friend: Three Factors You Must Consider – Sheen, Hardness and Finish

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How To Select the Best Hardwood Floors for Dogs

You love the look of hardwood floors, but you have a dog and the thought of having your canine friend live out his days in little booties so you can enjoy hardwood floors is unrealistic right? Does that mean hardwood flooring is out of the question? Luckily, that’s not the case. Your pet can live in harmony with your hardwood floors. You just have to be sure to select the right characteristics to ensure the best hardwood floors for dogs.

Choose A Sheen finish, Not a High Gloss

“At Cambridge Floors Ltd we recommend our dog-friendly finishes for families with dogs,” says Allan Courchaine. “It has a lower sheen so it helps to hide the dents and scratches that pets can put on your floor.”

The combination of today’s high-power pot lights and a glossy floor can magnify every dent and scratch. Because the dog-friendly finish isn’t as shiny as a regular finish, it helps to visually hide the fine marks that animals’ claws can leave on wood floors over time.

The lower sheen of the dog-friendly finish has another important benefit – it can reduce the time you spend cleaning your new floor. A lower-gloss finish makes pet hair and dirt less visible. If you can’t see it, you don’t have to clean it. Right?

If you dream of having dark hardwood floors, you probably know that they can make dirt, scratches and dog hair more obvious. Tone down these issues by choosing the dog-friendly finish. “If you are going to go with a dark floor, choosing a lower-gloss finish can reduce the appearance of scratches and dents,” notes Allan

Purchase Hard Flooring

When choosing the best hardwood floors for dogs, you should also look for hardwood flooring with a high Janka rating. The Janka Scale measures a wood’s resistance to dents, scratches and wear. In other words, the higher the Janka rating, the more resistant the wood will be to scratches from your pet’s claws.

Another option when seeking the best hardwood floors for dogs is distressed Wood

“Distressed wood is great for pet owners because a dent or a scratch doesn’t detract from its beauty,” says Allan. “Before the hardwood is stained and finished, it is distress with a steel brush then the softer fibers are scraped out of the wood grain, leaving the textured, harder grain. Paired with the dog-friendly finish, it makes dents and scratches almost disappear.”

Come into Cambridge floors Located at 101 19835 56 avenue Langley and have a look at all our pet-friendly options and recommendations

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