✅ Scratch Resistant
Though the flooring’s stone or wood look may seem easy to scratch, laminate flooring has a transparent, protective wear layer that makes it highly resistant to wear and tear from your pet’s claws.
Laminate flooring’s dense fiberwood core is also dent-resistant.
✅ Stain and Water Resistant
Between the top layer’s protective coating and the resins found in its fiberwood core, laminate flooring is fairly resistant to water and staining.
However, it’s worth noting that traditional laminate flooring is still susceptible to water damage from the subfloor. If spills are not cleaned within a timely manner, water can seep into the planks and cause the base layer to swell.
Unless you opt for waterproof laminate flooring, you’ll want to clean up any pet accidents or liquid spills within 30 minutes.
✖ Slip Resistant
One of the major downsides to laminate is that the surface is slippery, making it more likely for your pet (or you) to sustain an injury. To counteract this, try finding textured surface options to keep your pet from slipping and sliding around your home.
Compared to hardwood and tile flooring options, laminate flooring has a softer underfoot and is more comfortable to walk on. That being said, luxury vinyl tile is even more comfortable than laminate. Consider keeping rugs or dog beds around so your pet has a comfortable place to relax!
✅ Easy to Clean
Laminate is relatively easy to clean. Use a damp (not wet) mop with a laminate flooring cleaner or a solution of one teaspoon unscented dish soap and a gallon of water.
✅ Low Maintenance
You don’t need a lot of specialized cleaning products or know-how to care for laminate flooring.
However, once the laminate flooring is damaged or worn, there isn’t much you can do to fix it except to replace your flooring. You can’t refinish or repair laminate flooring like hardwood.
✅ Cost Effective
It will cost you about $1-$5 per square foot for most laminate flooring options.
If laminate flooring sounds like the perfect fit for your home and pet, we suggest checking out the following pet-friendly laminate options: