November 4, 2021

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If you’re a pet owner, you would already know that no matter how much you love them, they will not show the same love to your carpet. If you’re renovating your home and plan on getting a pet, this is something you absolutely must learn. Selecting a pet-friendly flooring option will save you many, many… many headaches. 

Why Should You Get Pet-Friendly Flooring?

It is no secret that pets sometimes get up to some pretty funky business. Fur, toys, playing, saliva, droppings and urine are all weapons they will use to try to ruin your floor. Maybe a certain “someone” has decided they will try to dig to China through the middle of the living room. Maybe the same “someone” also decided to go for a big, thick, muddy swim at the local pond and dry themselves on your bedroom floor. Was it the dog? Or was it the husband? I guess we’ll never know. 

What you can know for sure is that the mess can be easily cleaned if you get a pet-friendly flooring option. Prevention is unequivocally better than cure. This is why you need to prepare yourself with the best, easy-to-clean floor.

Here are 6 of our most pet-friendly flooring options for you, and your pet!

6 Pet-Friendly Flooring Recommendations 

A pet-friendly floor is an easy-to-clean floor. Here are six of our easy-to-clean pet-friendly flooring options: 

  1. Vinyl Sheet

Vinyl sheet flooring, as the name suggests, is a sheet that is layered on top of your subfloor. This means that it is very difficult for your pet’s claws to penetrate it! Vinyl sheet is a great choice for pets because it is water resistant, easy-to-clean, stain resistant, and best of all, cost-effective! 

  1. Luxury Vinyl Planks and Tiles 

Luxury vinyl plank flooring, or LVP for short, are an interlocking series of planks made from durable vinyl material. Like sheet vinyl, LVP is water resistant, easy-to-clean, stain resistant, and fairly cost-effective. It is a touch dearer than vinyl sheet because it comes in a range of materials that imitate hardwood and stone, almost seamlessly. 

Sometimes the cracks between vinyl board flooring can pose a problem for urine and spills to soak between them. Some manufacturers offer solutions with pet-friendly surfaces that will not let this happen.

  1. Tiles 

Bathroom tiles, kitchen tiles and living tiles, all have to be resilient and water-resistant. Tile flooring, particularly glazed ceramic tiles, are the go to flooring option when you need a durable, stain-resistant, easy-to-clean, water resistant solution. Surely I don’t need to tell you why that makes for great pet-friendly flooring? Any accidents from your furry friend can be cleaned in seconds with just a bit of soap and water.

Grout joints can be susceptible to staining, so make sure you reseal them and clean them often. Floor tiles can sometimes be slippery for pets, so you could consider getting a matte finish option, instead of gloss, which will increase traction.

  1. Concrete 

Concrete grinding and polished concrete is usually a flooring option used for commercial spaces, rather than residential. However, this look has become increasingly popular over the years and is somewhat typical to contemporary homes. This will without a doubt be the most durable and resilient pet-friendly flooring option.

Concrete floors will also have the barrier that tiled floors have, in the fact that pets can sometimes find them slippery to walk on.

  1. Artificial Grass

Artificial grass is commonly used in commercial pet spaces, like vets. It provides easy-to-clean flooring that is comfortable for your pet to walk on. 

You probably don’t want artificial grass throughout your entire home. However, it can be ideal for areas where your pet is limited to, such as kennels, laundries or even the backyard.

  1. Linoleum 

Linoleum is a similar flooring option to vinyl sheet. Affectionately known as “lino”, linoleum flooring is ecologically friendly and made with all-natural materials.

Flooring to Avoid

As you may have picked up already, a common trend with the pet-friendly flooring options was that they are all easy-to-clean. Well, it should be obvious that flooring that is hard to clean makes for a poor pet-friendly flooring option. Some may include:


Carpet may be the hardest to clean flooring option on the market. Urine and excrement will soak into the carpet and stain it, and may leave a nasty smell for some time. 

Cats may think your carpet is a better scratching post than that really, really expensive one you bought, which might ruin your really, really expensive carpet.

Wooden Floorboards 

Wood is an expensive flooring option. You might think it is a great option for your pets, however, wooden floorboards tend to damage very easily. Your pets running across the surface will scratch the varnish and clear coat over the boards. 

Laminate Flooring 

Sometimes sold as a good pet-friendly flooring, laminate can share the same issues as hardwood flooring. Laminate can be slippery for your pet, loud as they run over it, and susceptible to scratches. 

The cracks between the planks allow urine to seep between them, which will ruin the core layer. Yes, laminate allows for damp-mopping, they do not react well to heavy mopping and puddles.

Who Installs Pet-Friendly Flooring?

Jupps Floor Coverings have been providing high quality flooring solutions since 1962. We pride ourselves on our sense of community. We give back. Jupps believes in giving back to our community and supporting local sporting teams. We’re fully compliant with Australian standards and regulations and make sure you receive a quality solution with the fastest turnaround.

Vinyl flooring in Perth, tiles in Perth, concrete, will be installed best by us. Make sure you get your pet-friendly flooring before your pet. For more flooring tips or to get help from a professional, contact us today!