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Thursday, September 30, 2010

How Do I Protect My Hardwood Floor From Dog Nail Scratches?

The following blog post is a recommended post by one of our followers.  Several of our clients have had great success with this protection application and have added years of life to their hardwood flooring systems.

The following information was obtained from:

“Invented by veterinarian Dr. Toby Wexler, Soft Paws has been on the market since 1990. Soft Paws nail caps for dogs are vinyl nail caps that glue on to your dog’s nails. They cover your dog’s nails to keep them blunt and harmless. This fantastic product helps protect you and your belongings against problem dog scratching.

Soft Paws offers protection against the following situations: 
Damage to Household Surfaces: Hardwood Floors - Doors - Walls - Screens - Furniture - Carpets
. The nail caps effectively blunt your dog’s nails so their ability to scratch surfaces is significantly reduced.
Canine Skin Conditions: Allergic Skin Conditions - Chronic scratching. By blunting the nails, less damage occurs when your dog scratches. This can help your dog’s skin heal faster.
Protects from Dog Scratches: Dogs That Jump Up & Scratch You - Elderly People with Fragile Skin - Diabetics - People Taking Blood Thinners. Soft Paws can help you to feel more relaxed about enjoying your dog’s affection by blunting your dog’s nails

The application is simple. Just fill each nail cap with the adhesive provided & slide it over the nail. It's that easy! 

Soft Paws are extremely safe and non-toxic. Even if your dog swallows one, no harm will come. The nail cap will safely pass through the digestive system.

Each Soft Paws kit contains 40 nail caps, adhesive and easy to follow instructions. The cost is only $18.95 per kit.
The length of time each kit lasts depends on your individual needs. Each application lasts approximately 4-6 weeks. Depending on your needs, you will apply the nail caps to all four paws or just the front paws. For example, if you are using Soft Paws to protect against your dog scratching the doors, walls or screens, you may wish to apply the nail caps to the front paws only. This will give you four front paw applications per pack, and the package will last you approximately 4-6 months.”


  1. I've been using soft paws for my dogs at home to protect my engineered hardwood floors. All I can say is that it's so effective, now my dog is free to play inside my house.

  2. That is a great idea to protect the floor.I am sure they will be nail protected...what about the odor of the pet urine which are stubborn and also cause damping to the floor?

  3. My dog is constantly scratching my hardwood floors. I had to have carpet installation done to my floors. However if I knew about Soft paws before I did that, I would have kept the wood floors.

  4. Hey guys, great post! We haven't got our blog up and running quite but we're a dustless refinishing company in vancouver.

  5. Great Post! Do you have any preference when it comes to purchasing a hardwood floor cleaner machine I have a few quotes but I don't really know what I need to just do the floors in my house and my in-laws house.

  6. Jeff... That is a tough one. As for a machine that is designed for light residential use... I don't know of one. Most cleaning machines are designed for companies that do a lot of cleaning thus making the investment worth it. They are expensive! There are cleaning systems such as the "Bona cleaning systems" that may be more along the lines of what you are looking for.

  7. Brilliant tips! Need to try some of these out.

  8. Just want to ask If your dog or cat pee on carpet? Basically if your hard wood protection is for permanent purpose then it will create problem in the house.

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  11. I have always been a fan of painted floors. These are wonderful examples of how a painted floor can really make a statement in a room. Thank you so very much for the mention. It truly was my pleasure to feature your work on my blog!

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