Keeping your floors beautiful when you have pets around can be tricky.

Flooring can be a big investment, and like with any investment, you want to get as many years out of your floors as possible. Unfortunately, as much as we love pets, they can be big obstacles in keeping your floors in great shape. However, there is hope for homeowners with pets, and it all starts with picking the right flooring option. Learn about the best flooring options for people with pets when you check out our last blog. Once you have the right flooring option, your work is not done yet. Here are a few other things you can do to maintain beautiful floors in your home with pets:

#1. Keep your pet’s nails properly trimmed.

Long nails are the bane of every floor’s existence, and yes, that includes carpeting. Long, sharp nails can ruin the fibers in your carpeting, as well as leave scratches on hardwood flooring and other hard surface floors. There are, of course, many flooring options that are resistant to scratching, and we went over them in our last blog. But, keeping your pet’s nails properly trimmed is important for both your floors and for your pet’s health and safety, so it’s a smart thing to do, even if you have scratch-resistant flooring.

#2. Invest in spill-proof pet bowls.

After scratching, moisture is probably the biggest hassle that pets bring to the table where your floors are concerned. If your pet knocks over their water bowl, it can create a big mess that can do some major damage to your floors, particularly if your floors aren’t moisture resistant or waterproof and you aren’t able to clean up the spill right away. But, luckily, this is easily remedied by purchasing the right kind of pet bowls. Believe it or not, they actually make a variety of pet bowls that are completely spill-proof. For added protection, you could also consider putting a rubber mat under your pet’s bowls.

#3. Wipe your pet’s paws.

Cleaning your floors regularly is incredibly important when you have pets, especially if those pets go outside on a regular basis, and that’s true regardless of the type of flooring you have. However, one thing you can do to keep your floors cleaner in between cleanings is to make it a point to wipe your pet’s feet when they come in. If you have a doggy door, this will probably be easier said than done, but if your pet relies on your to let them out and in, try making it a part of your routine.

#4. Use runner or rugs.

In a perfect world, you’d be able to clean off your pet’s paws every time they come inside, but we don’t live in a perfect world. Chances are, your pet will get past you every once in a while without having their paws wiped off, and for those times, runners and rugs can go a long way toward keeping your home cleaner. Place rugs at the entrances of your home and other areas that get a lot of traffic. This will at least help to clean your pet’s paws a little before they come in contact with your floors.

#5. Keep your pet properly groomed.

While pet hair probably won’t do any serious damage to your floors, it doesn’t look great, and it can be difficult to clean up. One of the best things you can do to minimize the amount of pet hair on your floors is to make it a point to keep your pet properly groomed. When you regularly brush your pet out, more of their hair will come out in the brush, and less of it will come out on your floors.

Pets bring so much joy and love into our lives, but that doesn’t mean they are perfect! Luckily, with a little know-how, it’s easy to prevent your pet from doing any real damage to your flooring. We hope that these tips will help you enjoy a harmonious life with your furry friend, and make sure that you stay tuned for our next blog to learn more helpful tips.

If you’re in the market for new flooring that is pet-friendly, turn to Floor Expo! We’re proud to be your go-to flooring store in New Jersey and beyond, and our flooring contractors are dedicated to helping you find the right option for your needs.