No doubt pets are a person’s best friend
They are great for the heart, mind, and soul but can be quite tough on your kitchen floors. As they don’t quite understand the concept of damage that their claws, stains of their wet food and drooling does to our kitchen materials.
Not to mention the accidents that will happen when you have a new puppy or a kitten, you are stuck with permanent floor damage and discoloration. Fortunately here are some tips on choosing a more pet proof floor options:
Ceramic tiles are the most inexpensive and popular go to option when it comes to pet owners. As they are mostly made of a clay mix fired into a very hard and durable material, it doesn’t break or crack even under great pressure. The material is then coated with a glass glaze layer which adds extra strength making it completely impermeable for water penetration, stains and any sort of scratching accidents. Luckily just like vinyl, ceramics can also be printed into a wide range of colours and guac natural decorative patterns.
The only drawback to ceramic tiling is if you are a fan of long cooking Marathon sessions, the floor is quite hard and your feet might not be happy.
2.Kitchen floor – Vinyl
The most resistant among our list is the vinyl kitchen floor. The sharpest cat nails or the largest dog paws won’t scratch aur pierce it, if any accident were to occur. When it comes to spills, as long as the vinyl is cleaned in a timely manner, no stain can last the durability of vinyl. Just like ceramic flooring, vinyl kitchen floor can also be printed to match any type of look, colour, and decor. To create a more comfortable cooking environment the vinyl can also be installed with padded underlayment.
Stones the surface of which have been left as its unrefined state such as slate, limestone, or granite are known as Clefted stones. These often resemble the face of a mountain because of its rough and dimensional look and feel. The rustic look promises that it won’t damage much due to paw scratches as long as the kitchen floor is sealed well against any accidents that pets might have. The disadvantages would be that it is naturally porous and needs regular sealing to prevent stains, also difficult to stand or walk on for longer periods of time because of the rigidity and unevenness of the material.
4.Linoleum kitchen floor
In the first half of the 20th century linoleum flooring was the staple of kitchen flooring but couldn’t sustain its preparation because of low quality and cheap imitations that stained the name of the material pretty badly. However, its popularity is resurging in the kitchen market as green building materials are increasing. While for pet owners, linoleum kitchen flooring offers the resistant and durable qualities of vinyl flooring, it comes without any ecological concerns and that too at a lower price.
5.Brick kitchen floor
Brick kitchen flooring gives your kitchen the earthy, warm, homely feeling as well as with proper maintenance it proves to be rock solid against all pet problems. It does need sealing on a regular basis just like the natural stone and it can also be quite hard on the feet but the inherent cosy feel of the kitchen environment is worthed.
We hope these tips help you keep your pets and kitchens safe and happy at the same time. Let us know in the comments below what other materials have you used to keep the balance.