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Floor Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners

Cabot Porcelain Tile - Redwood Series
Low maintenance and durable a great choice for pet owners.

Cleaning can become a big job when you’ve got pets in the house. That doesn’t mean your floors can’t look spectacular every day of the week though. You just need to know how to deal with all of the pet hair and grime your pets can leave on your floors.

Use this guide to learn more about cleaning different types of flooring in your home. A few simple tools, some basic products and a little elbow grease are all you need to keep your floors looking brand new.

Ceramic Tile Flooring 

Durable and available in lots of looks, porcelain tile flooring is a great choice for pet owners. Maintenance is also quite easy, and in many cases, simply picking up pet hair with a microfiber pad or soft-bristled broom is all that’s required. However, you can use a vacuum with a hard floor setting as well.

When it comes to deeper cleaning, specialty products made for ceramic tile are a great choice. You can also combine a bucket of hot water with a little bit of vinegar and a few drops of dish soap to get your floors extra clean. Avoid using too much soap so your floors don’t end up with a sticky residue or dull look.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is timeless and if you are lucky enough to have a hardwood floor at home, be sure to wipe your pet’s paws after a walk and regularly clip or file their nails to minimize any scratching. BuildDirect recommends exotic hardwood for those interested in investing in a hardwood floor if they have pets. The Mazama Collection and Smooth South American Collections are ideal because they are more durable and can sustain pressure from heavier dogs. 

Vinyl Flooring

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Day-to-day maintenance with a broom or microfiber duster is a must if you’ve got pets and hard vinyl flooring. You may also be able to use a stand-up or stick vacuum if it is approved for hard floors, but do take note that vinyl can scuff and scratch relatively easily compared to some materials.

For wet cleaning, specialty products made for vinyl are available. You can also add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a bucket of warm water to return your floors to their original look.

For scuffs, rubbing a little WD40 into the area before cleaning with a wet solution can make those damaged areas much less visible.

Laminate Flooring

Lamton Laminate - 12mm AC5 Water Resistant - Defiant Collection
Beautiful, durable, and water-resistant Laminate Flooring.

Abrasive cleaning products are a big no-no for laminate flooring. Instead, you’ll want to use a soft broom or a microfiber cleaning product for daily maintenance and picking up pet hair.

For wet cleaning, try specialty products made just for laminate. You can also add a drop of dish soap to a bucket of water in a pinch. When cleaning laminate, make sure you don’t saturate your floors as too much standing water can create problems like curling and buckling.

Bamboo Flooring

Dry cleaning with microfiber, a soft-bristled broom, or a vacuum without a beater bar is recommended for bamboo flooring. When you need a deeper clean, specialty products made for bamboo flooring are ideal.

Avoid all acidic cleaning products or natural ingredients like vinegar or ammonia when cleaning bamboo flooring.


Carpet is soft underfoot for you and your pets. While it might be nice under your feet, it is one of the more difficult flooring materials to clean. For basic cleaning, a high-quality vacuum is your best friend. The more you use that vacuum the less you’ll have to deal with dug-in pet hair residing in the fibers of your favorite carpet.

When spots, spills, and stains arise, you’ll need a specialty stain remover, though you may be able to get spots out with traditional methods like club soda if you get to them early. Odor-reducing products made for pet urine can also help if you’ve got trouble spots that attract your pets time and time again.

Reach out to BuildDirect today to learn more about pet friendly-flooring for your home. Whether you’re building a brand new house or upgrading your existing space, we’ve got a range of pet-friendly flooring options that are sturdy and stylish. We’ll even send samples to your home so you can see them in your space before making a final decision.

Marble Flooring

Super-strong and designed to take a beating, marble is a match for even the biggest, roughest pets. It also improves the resale value of your high-end home.

To clean marble, a microfiber duster is a must-have. Look for one designed for pet hair that you can use in high-traffic spaces once every few days.

For deeper cleaning, specialty natural stone cleaning products are recommended, though mopping with just warm water can also help clean up your floors. Avoid harsh or abrasive chemicals.

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