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Congratulations on the new member of the family! Now that you’ve brought your little fur baby home, let’s talk about floor care with puppies to keep all members of the family happy.

 

Hardwoods and Laminate Flooring

Although hardwoods can look gorgeous in a home, mix them with puppy urine, and the result can be unpleasant looking with a stinky smell. Any pet urine will cause wood floors to darken in the location of the “accident.” If many “accidents” occur over time, the dark spots will need to be sanded down, a protective sealant applied to contain the stinky odors, and the floor refinished.

Any moisture or liquid can quickly damage a laminate floor. Pet urine will pass through the individual boards and collect underneath on top of the plastic sheet of underlayment. This collected liquid will cause the laminate to swell and disintegrate over time. 

A dog’s claws can scratch and damage laminate or hardwood floors, making the surface appear dull and shabby-looking. Your fur baby will like to run and slide on wood or laminate floors while playing, and this adds to the wear and tear on the surface. Keeping a dog’s claws neat and trimmed will reduce damage to your floors.

 

Carpet Flooring

Carpet absorbs dog urine and other liquids, such as vomit, like a sponge, making it hard to clean and keep smelling fresh. Dogs can pick a spot in a carpeted room and secretly use this area repeatedly as their “bathroom.” Since the carpet and padding will quickly soak up the urine, this area may go unnoticed by humans, especially if located in an out-of-the-way corner of the room. Carpet repeatedly soaked in urine will not only eventually begin to disintegrate, but the subfloor underneath will start to rot as well. 

Your fur baby can shed a lot of hair, especially in hot weather. Hair and dander from your puppy can lodge in your carpet, along with dirt tracked in from outside, which will aggravate human allergies. Carpets can also take a beating during rainy weather with moisture and muddy paw prints. Switching to stain-proofing carpeting can reduce the work it takes to keep your home looking good.

 

Floor Care With Puppies

Your fur baby probably won’t have much bowel or bladder control. Close supervision and the use of pet enclosures will reduce accidents by enclosing the puppy in a place where you can protect the flooring. Choose a spot in your home that ideally has waterproof flooring, such as vinyl or tile, and put the puppy’s indoor enclosure there. Layer papers or padding over the floor inside the enclosure for the puppy to “go potty.” As the paper or pads become soiled, change them.

If you only have carpet, laminate or hardwood floors, you will need to use more heavy-duty layers of vinyl or synthetic rubber inside the enclosure to ensure the floors underneath aren’t damaged.

 

To keep your carpets smelling fresh, have them steam-cleaned at least twice a year to remove stains, pet hair and ground in dirt. You can purchase or rent a cleaner and do this yourself to save money. Vacuum often to prevent hair from building up in the carpet fibers. Replacing an old carpet with stain-proof carpeting will make your cleaning tasks easier and save time. Purchase a black light flashlight to reveal your puppy’s secret potty spots.

Using a large stain-resistant rug with a waterproof pad over a hardwood floor can help protect the wood underneath. However, if a potty accident does occur, be sure and check under the rug to make sure the urine has not soaked through and harmed the floor. Frequently check the rug with the black light flashlight to make sure you haven't missed a potty incident.

 

Elizabeth D. has worked as a contractor in the construction of new homes and renovation of older homes for 25 years. She has written DIY articles in the field of home construction and repair for eHow. She has been involved in many DIY projects over the years. Elizabeth is the 'go-to' person in her circle to help improve the design of projects and solve problems with home construction.

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