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Dogs and Hardwood Floors

One of the phone calls I got this week was from a contractor who’s client is accusing his crew of scratching their new hardwood floors. But, what we know is the homeowner has a small dog and the scratch marks are most decidedly the same pattern a small dog would make on a floor.

Item of note: if you have dogs, (what do we know from dogs? We’re cat people!) So we went to the hardwood experts for advise. So before banishing the poor pooch to the pound we suggest you do modify the stain color for your floors. Avoid dark hardwood floors. Why? Their claw marks will show up more on a darker wood. Opt for lighter honey tones and choose a hand scraped plank that will lesson the appearance of scratches a dog will make.

And then there is this: SoftPaws.Net

Nail Caps as a preventive measure: Damage to Household Surfaces: Hardwood Floors – Doors – Walls – Screens – Furniture – Carpets. The nail caps effectively blunt your dog’s nails so their ability to scratch surfaces is significantly reduced.

Also, for more info on hardwood floors go to:
Image from the Hardwood Floor Nut, a great resource for useful information for anyone interested in hardwood floors.

More to know about when working with hardwood floors:

  1. Place Ram Board down for protection over hardwood. It’s temporary floor protection, thicker than Rosen paper.
  2. Appliance Dollies and Hand Trucks. Be sure the contractor who is wheeling in your refrigerator or other heavy items is using the right one for the job. A smaller dolly with wheels not equipped to handle the weight of a refrigerator can wreak havoc with track marks on newly finished hardwood floors.


Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

3 thoughts on “Dogs and Hardwood Floors

  1. A timely post! Just the other day, I learned that the contractor will have the floors sanded and totally finished, and then we will come back to finish our work (which is quite a bit.) I recommended the contractor for this job and I told him to put down building paper. And, he said, “eh, only your guy and the electrician will be back (and the plumber.)” I said PUT IT DOWN! In a nice way! That finish can scratch and then what?? Just had to vent…good reminder post.

    Did you change your comment login?


  2. Thanks. Good protection over hardwood is Ram Board. Rosen paper becomes shredded quickly if heavy duty work is going on.

    Yes, I experiment changing different things on the blog from time to time. It’s my constant need to “edit” I didn’t like it and edited it back to before. 😉


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