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Old 05-24-2013, 02:28 PM   #1
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Just got our floors done with a water based poly and 5 coats. We have (2) dogs and now my wife is reading that we should have used oil based to reduce the appearance of scratched and it would hold up better. Is this true ? Thanks

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Sure is but a little late now, time will tell.

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Sure is but a little late now, time will tell.
Why is it a little late? Was told he can still apply the oil based but we should wait about a month for the water based to cure then he can sand and re-apply. He is coming back for our banisters anyway
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The water based stuff has come a long way. But time will tell.

If your overly worried about it....rugs....and they work well to catch dog hair...

And...keep his/her nails clipped.
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I would not worry about the modern waterbased finishes. If anything, it might react to pet accidents faster than oil based but they should, for the most part, pull out. I would not put oil over it at this point especially because you could experience a slight color change. Waterbased finishes usually go on milky but dry clear. And they stay that way.

As mentioned, keep the dog nails trimmed best you can. You might put on an extra coat or two of the waterbased finished in areas where the dog will be. And plan on a light screening (or buffing) if needed and a quick repair coat every few years.

Area rugs are a good idea for protecting your floors anyhow.
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We have hardwood floors and our dog walks on the floors without scratching them. However, when people come over, he gets excited and wants to go and see whoever is walking in the door. When he's held back on the floor, he'll "peel out" and potentially scratch the floors...to avoid this we keep him in the kitchen when we have company. Also, be sure to have your dog's nails trimmed regularly. If your dogs are the hyper type then I would shy away from the hardwood floors (due to the initial "peel out" when taking off). If they are primarily calm and mosey around the house, then you should give your house the new look your husband has been wanting.
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When he's held back on the floor, he'll "peel out" and potentially scratch the floors...
I never had success with wood floors and large dogs, all it takes is just one incident or moment of forgetfullness and the floor is scratched, it doesn't matter if you put 2 coats of finish on or 42 coats, or whether you use oil or water based stuff, dog's nails are harder as are their teeth.
Putting throw carpets or runners over wood floors mostly defeats the whole idea of having a wood floor to begin with.
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Putting throw carpets or runners over wood floors mostly defeats the whole idea of having a wood floor to begin with.
Agreed....but what some people do is leave them down for day to day living...then when your having a party....they get tossed in the closet....

It's easier to wipe up the spilled beer off the floor now....
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Putting throw carpets or runners over wood floors mostly defeats the whole idea of having a wood floor to begin with.
Hugh?
Not saying you should make it the equivalent of hideous WTW carpeting but rugs in traffic areas show you have respect for nicely finished floors. And they dampen sound. And they are cheaper to replace than hardwood or bamboo flooring.

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