As timber ages, it starts to show its age in the form of character and patina. This almost entirely depends on the foot traffic of the space but this can be slightly enhanced by having our furry friends around. Maintaining your timber flooring around pets is not as troublesome as you might think it is. By implementing some simple habits, your timber flooring can be easily maintained with pets around.
Choosing Timber Flooring that is tough – Solid Timber
In order to make sure your flooring looks perfect for years to come, it is essential to choose a timber flooring that is durable and will stand the test of time. This is where solid timber flooring comes in. There is no denying of the fact that solid timber flooring is structurally superior when it comes to durability, average life span and aesthetics when compared to engineered flooring. This is because solid timber flooring is a bespoke product that is made of single piece of natural hardwood custom cut to order, because of that it also has a longer life span and can be re-sanded and re-finished a number of times. Our Solid Timber Parquetry generally has an average life span of 60+ years. On the other hand, Engineered Flooring is a mass product with lower durability when compared to solid flooring as it is a thin layer of hardwood bonded to plywood layers, with an average life span of around 35 years.
Just like any other flooring, timber flooring will also benefit from weekly vacuum and mop. It is important to use non-toxic wood cleaner when cleaning spills. In addition, cleaning spills quickly is a must to avoid any residue from the spills being left behind.
Meal Bowls Placement
Ideally, we recommend keeping the meal or water bowls outside, in case they are kept inside it is important to place a mat below it to soak up the spills.
Consider trimming your pet’s nail on a regular basis to avoid any deep scratches while they run around the house, if in case there happens to be a a deep noticeable scratch on the floor, don’t worry, it can be spot re-sanded and re-finished by our flooring experts.
At the end of the day, we need to understand that timber is natural material, and much like any other natural material, it will show its age with time and usage. But the beauty of this is that it will develop a character, that is specific to your space and unique to you, enhancing the look and uplifting the elegance of the finish.