what type of flooring is best for petsWhen it comes time to pick flooring, one thing that people are concerned about is choosing the best flooring option for their pets. After all, dogs and cats can be hard on floors. They run around, drag in dirt, shed fur, and can scratch floors with their claws. That’s why it’s important to pick a durable flooring that will hold up over time, even in a home with pets.

Here’s an overview of the different types of floors and how well they hold up to pets:


Many people choose carpets when they have pets because it is a soft surface for them to lounge on. However, people often don’t consider how hard carpeting is to clean. Fur gets easily trapped in carpets and is hard to remove. If your pet has an accident in the house, it can be very hard to remove from carpets because it can seep into the pad and subfloor. Plus, depending on the type of carpeting, pets can snag, tear, and rip up carpets with their claws, intentionally or unintentionally.

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are a beautiful and popular flooring option. However, they have downsides when it comes to pets. A big concern is accidents. If your pet has an accident on hardwood, the odor will seep into the wood and become almost impossible to remove. Likewise, the moisture can warp or damage the wood. The soft flooring is prone to scratching as well. However, fur is easy to sweep up on hardwood, giving it an advantage over carpet.

Tile and Stone Flooring

Tile and stone flooring offers many advantages to pet owners. Both are scratch resistant and won’t show wear and tear quickly. Neither absorbs moisture, meaning that once you clean up pet urine messes, there won’t be any evidence left behind. The biggest drawback of tile and stone flooring its that they are hard and cold surfaces. This can be fixed by getting a pet bed or blankets for your pet to rest on. Stone and tile also require maintenance in the form of regular cleaning and sealings, a drawback for many.


Ultimately, there is more to consider when choosing your new floors than just your pets. You want a flooring that will fit your personal style and match the rest of your home. Hopefully, this guide is a helpful starting point when choosing a floor type and you can use it to inform your decision.

Regardless of what type of flooring you choose, remember to keep it clean. Our cleaning professionals in Chicago can deep clean your carpets and make your tile floor shine. Call Chem-Dry Windy City at 773-237-9839 today!