Flooring and our Furry Friends

Published: August 9, 2016 quickstep dog image

Pets become members of our families and homes so quickly- and it’s easy to see why. They provide so much companionship, unconditional love and fun. What’s not fun is the damage that our beautiful little friends can cause flooding in the home. There are steps we can take to prevent damage as well as being informed of which products are more suitable for pet households. Here we will discuss the specifics of each material and some handy tips to help keep that flooring looking newer for longer. There is certainly a lot to weigh up with flooring choices- particularly when pets are involved.

Hybrid flooring

Hybrid flooring uses the latest technology to combine all the benefits of vinyl and laminate materials. The 100% waterproof quality of hybrid flooring and ease of maintenance is the perfect flooring for you and your furry friends. Worry less about scratches as hybrid flooring offers superior durability and a lifetime warranty!

AquaLife viking oak pet friendly flooring AquaLife in "Viking Oak"

Vinyl flooring

This is a great option for the pet lovers out there! Pets find the material comfortable and easy to walk on. It’s relatively scratch resistant to an extent and a breeze to clean and maintain. There are so many tasteful and varied designs now too.

Laminate flooring

This option for flooring in a home with pets has pros and cons, just like all designs, although there are a few considerations here which should be made. It can be a little bit slippery for some animals to walk on which is not so fun for your pets. If spills are not cleaned up promptly it can also be quite damaging.


Pets love carpet, but is it a good option? It can be, however, it is best if the pile is shorter and not a loop pile. Our furry friends can get their claws easily stuck in loop pile designs which will not look so great with time. Carpet tiles are a great option. If a small area is soiled or damaged by your pet (or yourself!), you can change just one section simply and economically rather than the whole room of regular carpet. Rugs are also a good option to include in some high traffic areas, particularly if they are not expensive designs and easily replaceable. Again, choose a low pile, non-loop style for longevity. Sisal and natural weaves are also a good idea as they’re hardy and resistant.

cat on grey carpet. pet friendly carpet


  • Choose flooring which is a similar colour to your pet’s fur (or the other way around!). While this may sound silly, consider a darker floor with a white malting dog or cat as opposed to a dark animal with dark flooring- it will hide much of the mess.
  • Animal treats are best left to be eaten outside. Bones and hard treats are delicious but can be damaging to the floor.
  • Scratching posts are a good option for cats to direct their scratching desires away from your floor and furniture and towards a toy.
  • Vacuum and clean regularly. Pet hair does contain an odour which will hang around a lot longer with minimal cleaning. Some vacuum cleaners are better than others. When you’re purchasing, ask the experts which they recommend for homes with pets.
  • Frequent cleaning of your pet too will help enormously. Brushing will reduce hair inside and clipping of nails will lessen any floor scratches.
  • Keep the food and water somewhere convenient for regular cleaning. Often your pet’s water and food will not stay in the bowl or mouth!


Disclaimer: In some states of Australia, the building regulations for Vinyl Planks, Vinyl Tiles and Hybrid flooring varies. Meaning they may not be suitable for areas requiring water resistance, such as bathrooms and toilets. We advise to always ask your local Flooring Xtra store for the correct advice regarding the local regulations. We also advise to follow the manufacturer’s recommended installation instructions and guidelines, not following the instructions could make the product not fit for purpose, for the area it’s being installed into and void your product warranty. To ensure you get the appropriate product for those areas, please contact your local Flooring Xtra store.

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