Care of Hardwood Floors for Dog Owners

Dog owners often struggle to maintain their floors--especially homeowners with hardwood flooring. Dog claws and urine can be very damaging to hardwood. These tips will help you keep your hardwood floors in good condition while living happily with your dog. 

Protect Your Hardwood from Scratches

The best way to protect your hardwood floors from your dog's long claws is to limit your dog to the areas of your home with carpet or tile. However, there are alternatives that will allow your dog to move about the house freely and enable you to protect your floors. 

  • Use rugs in high-traffic areas. Use carpet runners in hallways and area rugs in large open spaces in the room. Place small rugs in front of all doors leading to the outside. Lay down rugs in your dog's favorite places.
  • Cut your dog's claws regularly. Keep your dog's claws trim and consider using dog booties to prevent the claws from ever touching the floor.  
  • Apply floor refreshers on a regular basis. Hardwood floor refreshers will condition your hardwood floors and cover up scratches. Hardwood floor polishers serve this purpose as well, but can darken your floors over time.  

Clean Up Urine Promptly

Dog urine can stain hardwood, and if the smell soaks into the floor, this can encourage your dog to do the same thing again at a later time. If your dog is being housebroken, keep him or her away from your hardwood floors. If your dog does have an accident on the hardwood floors, follow this procedure to treat the hardwood immediately. 

  1. Blot up the urine with paper towels.
  2. Sprinkle the area with baking soda. Let the baking soda sit in the spot overnight.
  3. Vacuum the baking soda in the morning.
  4. Wipe down the affected area with a mixture of vinegar and water.
  5. Dry the area with a cotton rag.

Protect Your Floors from Salt, Snow and Rain

Dogs can't take off their boots at the door like people can, which means that your dog can easily drag in snow, mud, salt, and rain from the outside. Over time, this can cause your floor's finish to degrade and may lead to warping or staining. To mitigate these effects, train your dog to wait at the door before coming in. This will give you time to clean your dog's paws and underbelly before allowing him or her back in the house. 

Know When It's Time to Refinish

Dogs are hard on wooden floors, and despite your best efforts, you may someday find that your hardwood floors are scratched and stained from years of coexistence with a dog. When this happens, contact a skilled and reputable hardwood floor refinishing company. By following this advice, your home's hardwood floors should remain a valuable asset for many years to come. For assistance, talk to a professional like J Maintenance Co.