What's the best flooring for a home with pets, wood or carpet?

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  1. Carson Creek profile image61
    Carson Creekposted 14 years ago

    What's the best flooring for a home with pets, wood or carpet?

    Which floor is easier to live with when you have either dogs or cats, carpet or wood floors.

  2. sarovai profile image75
    sarovaiposted 14 years ago

    Wood floors are mostly recommended . Because of easy maintanance and pets comfort. Even if you go for carpet , you must be cleaning that everyday basis. And some naughty pets can tear off that , by playing and biting.

  3. MsSimple profile image59
    MsSimpleposted 14 years ago

    laminate flooring if the home is temprorary.     Carpet if you have Cats.  Dogs.... yes.. laminate or hardwood flooring.  Carpet will soak in the odors of an animal over time........

  4. slaco profile image59
    slacoposted 14 years ago

    i, too, would have to say nay to carpet.  it's my personal opinion that even though we have and use many of these products that are supposed to get rid of the smell .... i think they can still smell it.
    with carpet you have the various layers that soak in the urine.  also, if a pet is sick and has loose stool it can stain your carpet.
    the smooth surface of hardwood or vinyl can make for easy pick up and clean up.

  5. dabeaner profile image61
    dabeanerposted 14 years ago

    Carpeting is nasty, whether you have pets or not.  It might be somewhat OK if you could enforce everyone (including yourself) -- family, guests, WORKMEN -- to remove shoes at entrances.  Trying that lasts about a week.  I don't know how the Japanese do it (if they still do it).
    http://www.stain-removal-care-tips.com/ … emoval.php
    Anyway, anything other than carpet.

  6. profile image58
    NNathanielStockposted 14 years ago

    I would have to recommend wood floors for they are easy to keep clean, with carpet pet hair in no time will kill a vaccum cleaner and if you with the hard wood floors in time you  can have them redone in the years ahead. Carpet wont last and the the biggest problem is the hair its all most impossible to keep in hand.

  7. Ryan Hupfer profile image62
    Ryan Hupferposted 14 years ago

    I have both hard wood and carpet in my place and personally I like the carpet the best because my Pug, Frank, can actually run around on it much better than on a slick, wooden floor. However, it's a lot easier to clean up after your pet on a wood floor if you are still working on getting you pet house trained.

  8. OhKathryn profile image60
    OhKathrynposted 14 years ago

    Wood flooring is by far the better choice, easier to clean up messes and hair. It's harder to get odor and messes out of the carpet, plus my cats tend to scratch at the carpet when wanting to get out of a room or go outside, but with wood flooring they wouldn't have that problem.

  9. David Fallon profile image60
    David Fallonposted 14 years ago

    Wood, for SOOO many reasons.  First of all, it is easy to clean when they have accidents.  Next, it does not collect their dander (which is bad for people who are allergic).  Next, they can't tear up or otherwise ruin wood flooring.  Next, they actually love to play on the stuff by sliding around (positively hilarious to watch).  Next, and this is big, no fleas. When I had carpeting we had periodic major flea infestations...Not so with wood floors. And just so you know, wood flooring is easy to clean and healier for you to live in.  Think of how many billions of dust mites that are infesting people's carpeting, blech! Reason alone to never have the stuff around.

  10. lilash84 profile image40
    lilash84posted 14 years ago


  11. StephNOk profile image60
    StephNOkposted 14 years ago

    Wood or laminate. Carpet keeps all of the pet dander in and hair. We just pulled ours up after only 5 1/2 years in our house, and YUCK!

  12. dana825 profile image61
    dana825posted 13 years ago

    WOOD! Tile in the kitchen if it works with your design... CARPET & ANIMALS IS A NASTY COMBINATION! Cats and dogs both puke and will occasionally have accidents on the floor, it's much easier to not have to get those stains out of the carpet.

  13. Areopagus_AW profile image58
    Areopagus_AWposted 13 years ago

    Definitely wood or tile. Carpet is nasty because it attracts all the flies, and it can hide them deep in the carpet where the vacuum doesn't get. Also tile/wood is easier to clean if a dog has muddy paws, and also doesn't mildew/mold when pets have accidents. Plus I think tile/wood just looks better and has a cleaner look to it. You can always put down rugs for a soft spot to play with your pet or children. Another plus is with tile/wood if a child spills then its just a quick wipe and its cleaned, no soaking the spot or stains from grape juice.

  14. jacobvats profile image53
    jacobvatsposted 13 years ago

    Both laminate flooring and hardwood flooring can beautify a home. While hardwood is often thought to be a superior choice, there are several advantages to laminate flooring. Distinct differences between the two types of flooring often make laminate a more attractive alternative. Solid hardwood of any thickness (most is 3/8” to 3/4”) should be installed only above grade. Laminate flooring can be installed above or below grade, and over virtually any other flooring surface. Some hardwood flooring is engineered, meaning that instead of solid hardwood, it is made of several wood layers with a hardwood veneer. Laminate flooring, usually 7mm to 8mm (5/16” to 3/8”), is also made of several layers. These are laminated together which makes for stability and strength. The top surface of laminate flooring is a photograph of hardwood. High quality photographs faithfully reproduce the grain and color of natural hardwood, and the surfaces on quality laminate flooring closely resemble real wood. Although many people insist on hardwood flooring, laminates are a long-lasting, durable, affordable option that are quickly becoming one of the most popular types of flooring.

  15. dmitchell88 profile image61
    dmitchell88posted 13 years ago

    My personal opinion I think that wooden floors are better. However, it all depends on what types of pets you have. For instance I have 3 dogs and two cats, I also have horses. One of my dog's is a 3month old Boxer puppy. Now we all know that puppies, or any other dog has issues with house-breaking. And we've all been through it. Carpet is much nicer, however if you're going through those stages wood is much easier to clean then carpet. Not to mention that carpets stain easily, and can also leak through the carpet and go to the floor beneath it. And that could be a disaster, not to mention pricey! I use both wood and carpet through-out my home. But only have carpet in certain area's. The most dirtiest place I've found to be, is right by the door (or any outside doorways). Like I said i have horses, so I come into the house from being in the barn or out in the pasture and we all know to take off our shoes first, but sometimes you can't help have have to run to grab something (examples, phone, pen &paper or even the bathroom!). So I think only you can answer this question. The answer depends on what types of animals you have, how many in the home, and if you mind cleaning all the time. Carpets are  nice, but wood is easier. Hope this has helped

  16. profile image0
    Smiley74posted 13 years ago

    I guess you've got an overwhelming answer of wood!  It makes so much sense.  Wood or tile makes the clean up so much easier.  I've actually found that removing all the carpet and replacing with polished floors not only has make the clean up after our pets easier, but also has helped our health as well.  When we pulled up the carpet, you should have seen the amount of dirt, dust, stains, etc that was underneath.  The underlay was so disgusting.  So if you remove your carpet you may find that the clean up is easier and your family's health may also improve.

  17. PurpleMountains profile image60
    PurpleMountainsposted 13 years ago

    I actually prefer unvarnished tile.  Dogs will slip on wood or highly polished tile.  Plus, my cats love to walk on it versus the polished tile.

  18. profile image0
    Toby Hansenposted 12 years ago

    Personally I would prefer wood, then lino/vinyl. But, as I am renting, I am stuck with carpet in the bedrooms, lounge and study. At least I have a lino floor in the kitchen, bathroom and sunroom.
    When I move next autumn, I hope to find a house with wood throughout within budget. I will not be holding my breath!

  19. Vicki.Pierce profile image68
    Vicki.Pierceposted 12 years ago

    I live with ten parrots and one dog.  I have laminate throughout most of my house and I love it.

  20. minjin25 profile image62
    minjin25posted 12 years ago

    Wood by all means. We purchased our townhouse 7 years ago and it was fully carpeted.  I've already gone through 2 Bissell shampooers. Our last house had all hardwood on the first floor and a ceramic kitchen. It was so much easier to keep clean. You can always use area rugs  for comfort.

  21. Puppyluv profile image60
    Puppyluvposted 12 years ago

    Definitely wood!  Although you worry about scratches from doggie toenails, if you keep them trimmed, you shouldn't have a problem.  Carpeting with pets is a disaster.  Particularly if you're housetraining a new puppy!  Although there are plenty of products out there to clean up accidents on carpet, nothing can work perfectly.  Even if you have cats that are litterbox trained, there will be a time when a bladder infection, kidney problem, behavioral issue or just plain old age will cause them to urinate outside the box.  An un-neutered male cat will destroy carpeting!

  22. jonywoker profile image60
    jonywokerposted 12 years ago

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  23. imediadisha profile image59
    imediadishaposted 11 years ago

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  24. profile image51
    jackdohsonposted 11 years ago

    Tile flooring will be the best for your home. And for more information of tile visit Tile Supply.

  25. Pau Dixon profile image60
    Pau Dixonposted 7 years ago


    If you like carpet and want a pet barrier carpet then LifeGuard by Shaw is the best way to go. No liquids can pass through the thermoplastic backing of this carpet making it very easy to clean up any pet messes.
    http://www.carpetrenovations.com/blog/w … t-for-pets


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