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Pet Friendly Flooring Options

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For the animal lovers of the world, a little extra effort, and maybe even some wear and tear on the house, is a small price to pay for the unconditional love and loyalty pets bring to our lives. With that said, you still want your home to look nice, no matter how much you love Fido.

Dogs and cats can wreak havoc on both hard and soft flooring options, from the dirt and stains they may leave behind on carpet to the almost inevitable scratches their claws leave on wood floors. Fortunately, there are many new options in durable, attractive flooring, so you can get the look you want for your St. Louis home and enjoy the company of furry family members.

Take a look at this list of pet-friendly flooring options from the Do It Yourself website, and contact Ambassador Floor Company to help beautify and pet-proof the floors in your home!

  • Carpet– Choose non-loop polypropylene and polyester fibers. This kind of carpeting is easier to clean, as long as you take care of it promptly. Looped carpet fibers can get caught on a pet’s claws, pulling out the yarn and causing permanent damage.
  • Laminate– This kind of engineered wood flooring is extremely tough and durable if you invest in a high-quality option. However, Scratches cannot be sanded out like regular wood floors, so if the floor is damaged, it will have to be replaced.
  • Hardwood– The upside of this flooring material is that it can be refinished, and you can even have a particular spot done without having the whole house re-finished. If you do opt for hardwood, make sure the floor is finished with 3 coats of oil-based urethane finish in a satin sheen, for maximum protection.
  • Bamboo– A fabulous choice for pet-owners, bamboo is eco-friendly, extremely durable, naturally stain-resistant, and affordable.
  • Luxury vinyl– This type of product is moisture-resistant, making for easy mess cleanup, easy to care for, hard to scratch, and has the added bonus of quieting the click-clack of your pet’s nails.

photo by Colin Davis

Mohawk ceramic tile in bathroom

3 Reasons To Love Mohawk Ceramic Tile

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  1. Variety: Mohawk has a large selection of floor tiles such as; Natural, Rustic, Slate, and Classic.  There are also tiles for mosaics, backsplashes and countertops.
  2. Mohawk tiles are eco-friendly: Mohawk manufacturers are energy efficient and last year Mohawk reused nearly 35 million pounds of internally generated waste fired tile to make new wall tile products.  Some ceramic tiles can be as high as 47 percent recycled materials.
  3. Durability: Mohawk ceramic tiles are suitable for all residential interiors and most commercial applications subject to high footwear traffic and scratching dirt. If properly maintained the ceramic tiles can last for years to come.

Mohawk ceramic tile in bathroom

Come by Ambassador Floor to check out Mohawk Ceramic Tiles for yourself.

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Selecting a Bathroom Floor

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What matters most to you when selecting a floor for your bathroom remodel? Is it style, durability, how it will stand up to stains and spills, how it feels under your bare-feet, or how is handles moisture?  Lets count the top floor options for bathrooms and look at the pros and cons of each.

7. Carpeting – While carpets look nice and is soft under bare-feet. Carpet does not hold up to moisture. However, if you still must have carpeting in your bathroom ask a professional installer about to fit the carpet which carpets pads are the  best.

6. Solid Hardwood – A slightly better than carpet, solid hardwood looks great and feels warm under foot. But moisture kills natural solid hardwood.  Installing a solid hardwood floor is difficult because there can be no gaps in the bathroom flooring.

5. Laminate Flooring –  This flooring has the appearance of wood, but it is actually a better choice the solid hardwood floor. Laminate flooring is easy to clean, too. But laminate still has that wood chip base, and should it happen to contact with moisture it will expand and bubble and the only way to fix it is to tear it out.

4.Engineered Wood – Engineered wood is a great alternative, it’s got a plywood base that holds up well against moisture. And it looks terrific because the top layer is real wood. If you want the wood flooring look in a bathroom, engineered wood is the best choice.

3. Stone – Moisture is not a problem with marble, granite, limestone, and the other stone flooring options. Stone flooring is only number three on our list for a couple reasons.  Stone is cold on bare-feet  and it tends to get slippery and dangerous when wet.  Plus stone floor is by far the most expensive flooring option on our list.

2. Vinyl – Vinyl is the most popular choice for bathroom flooring.Sheets or tile vinyl flooring is easy to install yourself.  Vinyl is also very cost efficient. However, vinyl sheets or tile can become unglued easily, you might see the corners of tiles popping up after a while.

1.Ceramic Tile – Ceramic tile, like stone, can achieve a rich, textured, solid feeling. Like vinyl, it’s waterproof and it’s fairly inexpensive. And like wood flooring, it looks pretty good.  Mosaic tiles come in pre-mounted plastic mesh sheets, so you don’t have to individually set each tile. With tinted grout, you can be even more creative. It cleans up well and bravely resists even standing pools of water. However, the only downsides of ceramic tile is that it’s cold (though heat tile is available through some disturbers) . Also, it can be slippery, but texturing solves that problem. Smaller tiles are less slippery, because more grout is used and the grout acts as a non-skid surface.

Photo: Shaw Tile

Purchasing Flooring For Your Kitchen

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If you’re are in the market for the new flooring, you know that is can be overwhelming, you have so many choices, about textures, colors, styles and durability. So how do you know whether to select tile, hardwood, or vinyl flooring?  The kitchen is possibly the most used room in your house, and most of the work is done while standing.  So to narrow down your chooses and select the best flooring for you, follow a couple rules that were provides by Ann Busby, vice president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.    

Think about the comfort of the floor; look for something that is easy on your legs.  When you’re shopping around, take your shoes off and see how your feet, legs and back feel (keep socks and stockings on).  Then put your shoes back on and go for a walk to test the floor sound. 

Also keep in mind that the kitchen is a high traffic area and you’ll want a floor that wears well.  Children, pets, and spills can really take a toll, so consider the floors durability and maintenance. 

Hopefully these tips will help you while you are choose flooring for your home kitchen.  To learn more go to Kitchen Floor Essentials on HGTV.com, NKBA, or contact a consultant Ambassador Floor Company.