Tile is the Best Flooring Choice if You Have Pets
Like many homeowners, you probably have a cat, dog, or a few other animals running around your house. As much as we love our furry family members, they can wreak havoc on carpet and hardwood flooring.
If you are changing the type of flooring to use in your home, consider tile flooring. Tile flooring is the perfect option for pet owners because it is strong and low-maintenance, which means more time for you to relax.
Ceramic and Porcelain v. Natural Stone
After deciding you are going to use tile flooring, you will need to decide what type of material. There are a few differences between natural stone, ceramic, and porcelain that you need to be aware of before making the final decision.
Ceramic tile tends to be lower in cost, easy to clean, and versatile. You can use ceramic tiles in the bathroom as bath tiles or as shower tiles. A ceramic tile is also a good option for flooring or as a backsplash in the kitchen. It can be a beautiful look anywhere in your house and comes in many different colors. Best of all it is durable, so your pets’ nails won’t do much damage to the tile.
Porcelain is tough and hard, which makes it a good option for pet owners. Since it is tough, porcelain is resistant to spills and scratches. If you have large, energetic dogs, then porcelain tile would be a good option. It can be used anywhere in your house as flooring and comes in a variety of colors and designs.
Natural stone is another option, but it may not be the best one for pet owners. This material needs to be sealed to make the stone resistant to spills and water damage. Natural stone does require more attention, maintenance, and upkeep, unlike tile and porcelain. Even though natural stone is sealed, you should clean up any messes as soon as possible to prevent staining. However, if you don’t mind sealing the natural stone every year or two, then it can be a good option because of its durability.
Now that you know the best options for tile, let's take a look at why tile is the best option for pet owners.
Easy to Clean
If you use ceramic or porcelain tile with a no-seal grout, you will have an easy to clean floor. Pet hair, dirt, and dust sit on top and can easily be wiped away with a dust mop. If your pet has an accident on the floor, it can easily be wiped up and cleaned with warm water. For natural stone tile, a soft clean cloth and a mild cleaner will leave the area spotless.
Does Not Trap Odors
Have you ever walked into a house where you can smell the presence of cats before you even see any? That is because the carpet and the pad beneath it can trap odors, so no matter how much you clean after an accident, the smell will still be there for many years.
If you use tile, the accident stays on the surface without discoloring or damaging the tile. It can easily be wiped up and disinfected, so it will be like your pet never had an accident at all. Furthermore, as long as your natural stone tile is sealed properly, it should keep odors out as well.
Does Not Stain
Along with not trapping odors, tile also does not stain. Accidents on the carpet can discolor the area no matter how much you clean it. Oftentimes, it gets bad enough the carpet has to be replaced. This is not true when it comes to tile.
Since the accident sits on top of the tile, it does not sink in and leave a stain. This is perfect when you are housebreaking your pet.
Hard to Damage
Puppies and kittens like to play, so if you have carpet or hardwood floors they may get ruined pretty fast. Puppies and kittens nails and teeth are sharp, especially when they are young. Cats may use the carpet as a scratching post, or puppies may get so excited when you get home they bounce around while their nails tear up the carpet.
Replacing the carpet every few years can be avoided if you have tile flooring to start with. Tile is hard to damage. In fact, most porcelain tile is between seven and nine (out of 10) on the MOHS hardness scale, which means it is very hard to scratch.
If you live in an area that is hot during the summer, your pet most likely wants a nice place to cool off. Shady tile can be the perfect spot. The smooth surface of tile wicks away heat, which can help cool your pet down during those hot summer days.
If you find the floor is too cold, consider underfloor heating. The heating can be placed in a section under the tile, or it can be placed in an entire room. Either way, your pets will find the perfect spot to cozy up during the cold winter months.
Hide Paw Prints and Pet Hair
Hardwood flooring seems to highlight paw prints and pet hair but when you have patterned tile, the opposite is true. Patterned ceramic and porcelain tile hide pet hair because of the design. It is much harder to see pet hair on a mosaic tile than it is on a solid color tile.
If you don’t want to hide the paw prints and pet hair, find a tile that is solid in color with a faint pattern. This will highlight the hair and prints. so you can clean it up as soon as you notice it.
Porcelain and Ceramic Tile are a Good Option
These two types of tile are strong, scratch-resistant, and easy to clean. They do not trap odors or stains. Whether you have one, two, or many pets, tile is a good option when it comes to flooring in your home.