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    Hi, I am thinking of putting floating floorboards down instead of carpet. My reasoning for this is if we are to run a dog friendly B & B, there are sure to be accidents in the house. My concern is possibly that claws will scratch the boards, does anyone have experience here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shar Pei Rescue Victoria View Post
    Hi, I am thinking of putting floating floorboards down instead of carpet. My reasoning for this is if we are to run a dog friendly B & B, there are sure to be accidents in the house. My concern is possibly that claws will scratch the boards, does anyone have experience here?
    YES!

    We had expensive floating floor boards in our previous house. They were real timber on the top which could be buffed.

    After having Odin...they looked horrible and impossible to fix

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    Amanda, some floating floors have an incredibly strong coating. Some brands offer a huge length of time in regards to being chip-proof and scratch proof.

    We have polished floors here, real ones, and they are so heavily coatde they are not getting scratched at all from Inca, and she zooms and slides all over the place. In the kitchen we will soon be using clip-lock timber flooring. So easy to do, and offers chip-proof and scratch-proof topping. Friends of mine did their main living quarters in that stuff, and I once saw her drop a knife accidentally. Not a mark. Would have taken a huge gash out had it been vinyl or similar.

    The only issue with it is the slipping, as I mentioned earlier. Easy to clean, and a breeze to disinfect.
    I really recommend it.
    PS: It also lets you know if you have forgotten to trim the dog's nails lately!

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    You will get scratch marks no matter what hard surface, except perhaps for tiles and polished concrete etc..
    Perhaps an alternative would be the click through laminated floorboards they are less expensive than a floating floor and are hardy. But the wood will get scratched.
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    NB: I am talking about the clip-lock stuff with a lifetime warranty, not the usual floating floor stuff in one peice, though.

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    Oh, der Anne. Wasn't sure. Lol. Seen a lot of homes with what is called floating floor down here but it's all just one piece cut to size. There is however one thing I loathe about this stuff. Don't they have to put down little strips of tiny 'skirting board' like an edgetape around the perimter?

    Sorry, cut my finger, typing is shocking.

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    Anne, did you say with water spillage the flotaing floor can come up from the floor? That bothers me, as we are looking at putting it in the kitchen, definately where water spills.

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    Sounds good. It's the skirting boards we can't stand. Were thinking of discussing dismantling the new kitchen and laying it under that?

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    Thanks for that. Grays On Line actually have some for sale atm. For about $2200, I can purchase 80 sqm of tallow wood flooring which will do most of the area I want to do. We have slate in the kitchen, family, dining, hall and games/pool room, so only need to do the 4 beds, 2 loungerooms and 2 other halls. 80sqm should be ample for this. And at that sort of cost, assumong I am looking at another 1k-2k to lay it, I will be cheaper than carpet anyway, and should last longer.

    Tallowwood 80 x19 T&G End Matched Flooring, Full Feature CRP $2119. 505 Li

    ETA $2200 not $22000 LMAO!!!
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    I've got baltic pine floor, which has been polished and coated with 2 pot epoxy varnish.

    Some of the heavy bits of furniture (like the old tv and table with the metal castor wheels) has put dents in it, people walking in with gravel stuck in their shoes has put some holes and scratches - that stopped when i got rid of the gravel path... So far I haven't noticed any holes put in it by Frosty the bitch - and she's taken to "digging" in one corner - I think cos it smells like mouse sometimes.

    She does find it quite slippery but still likes sleeping on it.

    If I wanted something heavy duty for doggy cleaning I think I'd go with vinyl. You can get vinyl that looks like wood floor. Make sure you don't get textured vinyl though cos dirt gets stuck in the texture and requires pouring boing water, a wooden scrubbing brush, and lots of dishwashing detergent to clean, in my experience.

    My favourite flooring after wooden floor boards (and I'm sure there's stuff out there harder than baltic pine - like Jarrah or redgum), is cork tiles. They don't last forever but they're easy to replace, and they are gentle on human or dog joints and if you accidentally drop a jar of chutney - it won't break. I can't say that for ceramic or slate tiles.

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