I was thinking about replacing carpet with wooden floors except in the bedrooms and using room size rugs. I was wanting to know if anyone knows if the dogs do have an accident on the wooden floors does it stain them and ruin them? I would not want to go to all that trouble if it was no better than carpet. They very seldom have accidents anymore but I just was thinking that it might ruin wood or they might absorb the urine and smell.
No, wood is buffed, waxed, and sealed. Unless you have a spot that is peed on constantly and allowed to soak in. But for regular daily matinence, its great. I now hate carpet with a deep passion after having wood floors for years.
Yes, the new flooring is what I am talking about. Not the old wooden floors from years ago. I know they were sealed, but, some of this new stuff I just didn't really know about. I wanted to keep carpet in the bedrooms, but, we have a large area to cover and I just didn't want to spend alot of money on something that might stain just like carpet and might even aborb and smell.
sand i got rid of my carpet and had my wood floors redone. only area rugs. i love it. the accidents are easy to clean up. i don't let my dogs loose in the house when gone for a length of time so any accidents don't soak in.
Get some tough ones and you should be fine. My dad replaced some of his and then had to go get it completely redone because if you dropped a spoon it got a dent. That never would have lasted with a dog. I also don't know how well they are sealed. I have seen some gappy looking ones and I'm sure if pee gets down in it, then it will stink. Find someone else with the same brand you look at and see how its held up.
are you talking about the wood laminated flooring? I love it. I am saving now to get it through out my entire house. My mom and sister have them and they are great. My sis has a dacshund that will not housebreak and she said it is very easy to keep clean. Much better than carpet.
Hey there! I am on a campaign to replace all carpet in my house with laminate flooring. We have 10 dogs in the house at all times and put in laminate in the living room two years ago and it is great!! Messes wipe up in no time, and as long as it is a quality product any gaps are at a minimum. We have housebroken 5 little dogs in this time so it has been well tested!!
Sounds like it might be the right discission. I'm hoping it will help with allergies. My carpet is about 3yrs. old and still looks good even though the dogs decided to break it in when it was first laid. I think we will definetly go with the other flooring. I have berber in the sunroom and its great for knowing showing any stains but the guys that laid our carpet said if you get one little pull in it you've had it. It will run like crazy and so far we have had excellant luck with it. Thanks everybody for the input, it always helps to have others ideas. Sandy
Hi, I know most of the people here have posted that they haven't had any problems with wood floors and dogs. I must be the acception to the rule, LOL
We have real sealed hardwood floors that are less then 4 yrs old in our foyer and half bathroom. We had it installed when we had our house built in 2001. The day after Christmas our washer busted a hose and we had water everywhere in my kitchen and laundry room. Part of the foyer had some water too. We cleaned up the water as fast as we could knowing water and hardwood doesn't mix. But we couldn't get it all. When the clean up crew came out, the contractor and I were talking about the damage this caused to my hardwoods. She said she's seen more wood damage from pet urine then she's seen from washers leaking water one time. The reason for this is because the urine leaks between the slats even when cleaned up right away. it's not as easy to get the smell out even on sealed wood and the pet will keep going in that same spot. Once it soaks in between the slats it's not as noticable. And even though the top of the wood is sealed..it's not sealed between the slats. Over time this can cause major damage. This I have seen first hand! We also have 3 boys. And anyone that has boys knows they don't have perfect aim,LOL The wood flooring behind the toilet in our half bath has also been damaged. I just wanted to share this with you so you know that it's very expensive to replace.... Thank Goodness for Home Owner's Insurance!
being a contractors wife let me give you a few hints.. the laminate is great, if it is put down right, but it is NOT ideal for BATHS or laundry rooms. get ceramic tile. they can be sealed as soon as 24- 72 hrs after installation. kitchens can be done but they do need to be glues. (even the click kind). but they are better than carpet
An add-on to my comments about laminate-- I would never put any laminate (or wood) in a kitchen or bath, as the last post said, ceramic is much better! The upside of real wood floors is that they can be re-finished if damaged. The down-side is they will need to be re-finished! At least you can see a mess on a laminate floor before you step in it!
also take into consideration the slip factor. if you have large dogs that get playing running around they do lose their footing very easily. injuries can occur, one falling awkwardly on the other, or pulling of muscles. i did my kitchen dining and living space with it and thats my only concern, the up side to the slip is the kids love it.
I think wood floors are better. It is so much easier to clean if they do have an accident. And with carpets the pee can soak into the layer under the carpet which can get gross. The only bad thing with hardwood floors that i have experianced is sometimes when they pee it is harder to notice on the floor.