The Best Pet-Friendly Commercial Flooring Options

Veterinarians, Pet Stores, Animal Hospitals, Boarding Houses, and Shelters

If you have a commercial location that caters to various types of pets, then flooring can be a major concern for you. Different types of animals can have various negative effects on floors, through shedding, accidents, nails, and over-excited behavior. You need to choose a surface covering that is durable, stain resistant, and relatively easy to both sanitize and clean.

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    Hard Tile Ceramic Flooring

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    Ceramic tile is the go-to choice when you need durable, stain-resistant, easy to clean flooring. The inherent strength of the materials means that they won’t break, crack, or chip even when handling the largest of pets. At the same time, the glazed glass layer that is manufactured over the surface makes the otherwise vulnerable fired clay material impervious to water penetration and accident stains.

    One of the major advantages to choosing hard tile floors for pet populated public areas is that they are very simple to clean. There are few detergents out there that can damage a ceramic tile’s glaze, so you will be able to use heavy-duty soaps to disinfect the space. At the same time, the hard surface acts like a shield, holding any unseemly materials in place ready to easily be wiped or mopped up.

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    Vinyl Veterinarian Floors

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    Vinyl is a type of resilient flooring that is sold in very thin sheets and tiles. A man-made manufactured material it has characteristics that are similar to plastic, in that it is resistant to stains, and water penetration, and can be wiped free of debris quite easily. It can also be sanitized using any standard commercial cleaning agent, allowing you to kill any germs or lingering microorganisms that may arise from unwanted pet behaviors.  

    While vinyl is much thinner than ceramic, it also takes on the characteristics of the subfloor that it is installed over. If it is laid on a hard surface such as concrete, it becomes like a second skin, hugging so close to the solid strength below that animal claws will have trouble finding purchase to puncture or tear its outer layer. At the same time vinyl is also a much less expensive choice than ceramic for a commercial veterinary or boarding house location, although it doesn't tend to last as long.

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    Commercial Concrete Options

    Concrete Flooring

    Concrete is generally an inexpensive flooring choice if you are in a first story location, however, it will need to be treated to make it suitable for a space that is frequently trafficked by animals. This requires the application of an appropriate concrete sealer, on a semi-regular basis, to clog the tiny hidden pores in the face of the floor. This protects the material from liquid penetration and stains, creating a solid clear surface that you can then scour clean as necessary.

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    Commercial Rubber Flooring for Pets

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    You often find rubber flooring being used in commercial locations where there are intense challenges and conditions, but you need to have a comfortable, relaxed, and safe environment. This all-natural material is resistant to almost all staining and liquid penetration hazards and is extremely durable against rips tears and gouges. At the same time, it is soft, plush, comfortable, and quiet, which can be an important feature when trying to create soothing interior spaces in a vet's office or animal hospital.

    Unfortunately, there are a couple of drawbacks to rubber flooring that can make it undesirable for situations where animals will often be present. The first is that while it is generally resistant to stains, prolonged exposure to concentrations of acidic substances, such as urine, can cause discoloration if not cared for. Rubber flooring can also be expensive, which may make it a prohibitive choice for large commercial applications.

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    Linoleum Flooring for Veterinarians and Animal Hospitals

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    The draw of linoleum in a commercial location for pets is that it is a durable and stain resistant resilient material, that is also all natural and ecologically friendly. Treated with a wear layer that repels the vast majority of harmful substances, linoleum is easy to clean, easy to care for, and can handle the rigors of dealing with cats, dogs, and other pets.

    Unlike other resilient options, however, linoleum is made from natural and readily renewable linseed oil. This material is lightweight, low impact, and doesn’t have any of the problems with the off-gassing of Volatile Organic Chemicals that vinyl sometimes faces. This can help to create a more relaxed, environment in a kennel, veterinarian's office, or animal hospital, as it inherently shows the care that the owners have for ecological concerns.