Do Dogs Damage Hardwood Floors?

Rod Lorenz


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Many homeowners appreciate the ambiance and character of hardwood floors and want them in their home, but they’re concerned about their indoor dogs. That’s understandable, considering that dogs (especially large ones) are sometimes described as a problem for hardwood floors. The fear is that dogs will scratch and scuff the hardwood enough to blemish its beauty.

Is that true? Not really.

Dogs could possibly cause some minor damage to hardwood floors, and in some cases, it will be more obvious than in others. For example, some people like the look of black hardwood floors, but they show scratches from dog nails more clearly than lighter floors. In general, textured and lower-sheen floors will hide any imperfections.

Fortunately, all it takes to prevent a dog from scratching your floors is to clip his or her nails regularly. Not only will your floors not be subject to overly long nails, your dog will thank you!

Dogs—especially young ones—can easily can have an accident on a hardwood floor, but if you clean it within a reasonable time, no problem.

Yes, dogs could possibly damage hardwood floors, but a dog lover will gladly take the simple steps to prevent that.

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