We have animals that spit up, etc. on our carpeting regularly;
therefore, we are planning to replace the carpet throughout our house
with a pet-friendly flooring. Our pets spit up, etc while we are at
work so it is often several hours before the material can be wiped up.
Seems like good-quality sheet vinyl with a wood-grain pattern would be
our best option as ceramic tile or laminate flooring has seams. Seams
would allow the pet spit-up, etc. to soak in the cracks. Any
suggestions or ideas?
Get rid of the pets! How can you live like that? <shudder>
But seriously, the vinyl is a good idea. It isn't high fashion these
days, but vinyl is the best idea for places where you're likely to get
spills: kitchens, bathrooms, etc. And for pets, toddlers, sloppy adults.
The only disadvantage is that your room acoustics will be nasty... lots
of echos... hard to hear the TV or listen to music. Plus if you sell
the place later the buyers will probably haggle to get you to pay for
carpeting the place, like the usual house.
Sounds like cats, little bastards.
Just do whatever you need to do to live a comfortable life and enjoy
your home. Don't worry too much about what others might like or not
like when it comes time to sell. New flooring can be put down in the
future to satisfy buyers concerns but that has nothing to do with your
decision making at this point. You know that you will have to do
something about that in the future but you also have to do something
now to have a clean, healthy house. Just take care of your house and
you will be able to sell it if you desire.
I wouldn't rule out your other options, I doubt your animals are puking
up so much that it will creep in between tile grout or hardwood and if
they are perhaps a trip to the vet is in order.
We have 3 dogs and 3 cats with carpet upstairs and wood down. I would
think about hardwood througout if I were you.
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