Old Hardwood Flooring: What To Know Before Starting Your Pet-Sitting Business

If you plan to open a pet-sitting business in a home or a commercial structure that has old hardwood flooring, you may wonder if you should change the flooring before you open for business or keep it as is. Urine can be a problem for hardwood flooring if it causes stains, or if the liquid concentrates and releases harsh ammonia odors into the indoor environment. Here are some problems you might face if you don't change the flooring and what you can do to solve them.

What Happens If You Don't Change the Hardwood Flooring?

Old hardwood flooring can lose its protective sealant over time, which allows stains to penetrate the material. If you don't act quickly to remove the urine, it may soak into the wood's fibers and create dark patches or large spots that may make the wood appear unclean and unattractive. If your business becomes very busy, or you forget to clean the flooring after you close, the urine can cause another issue later on.

Urine can also leave behind a scent that disrupts the ambiance of your business. Urine can produce ammonia when it concentrates in large quantities. Not only can the ammonia damage your hardwood, it can also cause respiratory problems for the building's occupants, including allergies.  

You can avoid the problems above with the right tips.

What Can You Do to Keep Your Business Plans on Track?

You may want to refinish the old hardwood flooring and coat it with a protective layer of sealant to prevent staining in the future. The flooring may also require you to fill in or remove imperfections that mar its overall beauty, including scuff marks and holes. Because refinishing requires sanding or removing the top layer of wood before it's sealed, you may want to hire a contractor to do it for you. 

If you prefer to go with a completely new look and avoid the care needed to maintain hardwood, you can replace the flooring with bamboo. Bamboo looks similar to hardwood but tends to be more resistant to animal urine, stains and physical damages than hardwood. In addition, bamboo comes in unique colors and grain variations that you can select to improve the overall appearance of your business.

After you install your new flooring or refinish it, keep it clean and fresh by placing potty stations indoors and outdoors for your animal clients. Although the stations are used to potty train pets, they can help prevent accidents in your flooring by soaking up urine. 

For more information about choosing the right flooring and tips, contact a commercial flooring contractor today.