Natural limestone travertine floors look amazing when installed in nearly any part of your home. Unfortunately, this soft, porous material cannot withstand the abuse pets dish out. Pet damage and stains quickly accumulate on these floors with normal use. In addition, pets may not feel too crazy about these beautiful floors since the surface often feels slick to the touch. Luckily, you can take a few precautions to make your travertine flooring more durable and pet friendly. Read on to learn more information.
Apply Sealer Yearly
With unsealed travertine floors, you must clean up spills immediately to keep the liquid from penetrating the pores. This is especially important when the spills consist of pet urine and feces, as these substances will cause stains that last for life. Since travertine is so soft, pets scrambling across the tiles could leave scratches on the flooring. If your pet digs or claws at the floor, the gouges could reach deep into the tile, necessitating the replacement of that tile.
You can avoid these issues by applying the proper sealant to your floor once per year. Since the sealant wears down from foot traffic and cleaning products, repeat applications will ensure the pores stay protected from spills. A solvent-based sealer works best on travertine floor applications. Make sure to test a small area before performing the full application to check for color changes or residue after drying. Only apply sealer to perfectly clean floors, as it will adhere any dirt, hair or debris to the surface permanently.
Renew Grout Often
Travertine floor installers fill the divots between each tile with a small amount of grout. The grout material is even softer and more porous than travertine. As a result, it is susceptible to the same damage from pet claws and messes. If any of the grout comes up out of the cracks, your tiles could crack in several places as you walk across the floor.
Luckily, you can replace the grout between the tiles every year or two to keep your floors in perfect shape. You must remove all of the old grout between the tiles very carefully to avoid damaging the rest of the floor. From there, simply mix up some new grout and push it into the cracks down to the subfloor. Smooth out the top and apply a grout sealer once it dries to finish off this job. Make sure to avoid walking on the surface for at least a day after applying the new grout.
Create Security Islands
Pets do not like to walk across slick flooring materials since their paws often slip and slide around. Your pet may act anxious about entering rooms covered in with travertine tiles. Upon entering the room, your pet might scrambling around frantically, which often creates deep scratch marks across the surface. This situation could cause a lot of stress for your household, especially if many rooms contain beautiful travertine floors.
You can minimize the stress on your pet and household by placing small throw rugs throughout the room as little security islands. Most pets will deftly move from island to island to make their way through that room. Make sure the rugs have a non-slip backing to keep them from moving around under your pets' feet. You can also clip the hair on the bottom of your pets' feet to provide a bit more grip while walking around on slick flooring.
Take both your floors' and pets' needs into account while creating the perfect living space in your home. Preparing your floors for your pets and vice versa will ensure your home life stays peaceful year round. Once you make the above changes, you will not have to worry about stain accumulations or claw damage on the floors. Furthermore, you will avoid having to deal with impromptu pet freak-outs over slippery surfaces or shiny glare.Share