Published at Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - 15:42:32 PM. Hardwood Flooring. By Lucrece Le Bris.
Of course you can get a hardwood floor if you have a dog. The questions that arise are rather simple though, and the main one is, ”How are you going to be able to maintain a decent looking hardwood floor with a dog in the house?” The bottom line for a hardwood floor situation with a dog is vigilance. But damage is coming to the hardwood floor whether it is from the dog or the human occupants. There are all sorts of issues and questions on this subject. This article zeroes in on some of the issues and solutions that you might have to deal with concerning your dog and your hardwood floor. There are several solutions and even more opinions. The first being the size and activity level of the dog. If you have a heavy dog, who likes to run around the house, the damage to the hardwood floors could be a regular thing. However, a smaller dog with a high activity level can bring a similar amount of damage to your floors too. A common misconception is that a smaller dog isn't going to be able to tear into the hardwood floor the way a bigger dog will. If the dog is active though, it will create its own ”scratchy damage” for the floor. It is also a good idea to not play roughhousing games with your dog indoors. If this has been something that you have done in the past then it is now officially time to shift that priority to outside! A dog is going to move through the house, and sometimes, that motion is going to be quick. A great example of this is when someone knocks on the door.
In a home with shabby hardwood floors, the biggest improvement you can make is to refinish the floors. Begin by making any necessary repairs, and then removing all the furniture and drapes and sealing the vents and registers in the room so that you won't spread dust throughout the house. Sanding floors is easiest to do with a drum sander and an edging machine for the sides and corners of the room. You can rent these machines, and it is a good idea to rent a buffer or floor polisher at the same time. Plan to make three passes with your sanding equipment, using increasingly finer sandpaper each time. Vacuum carefully and pick up every bit of fine dust and grit with tacking cloths. All dust and dirt must be removed. You can now apply a stain if you wish or you can leave the natural color and design of the wood – such as the popular oak, maple, or cherry – to be displayed. Polish and clean the dust and dirt from the floor again, and then apply your sealer – a polyurethane or a water-based urethane that provides a protective barrier, or oil and wax, which penetrates the wood and protects from within. Carefully read all the information accompanying each product, follow the safety advice, and apply as many coats of stain or sealer as suggested by the manufacturer of the products you are using.
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