Is there a kitchen floor covering that doesn't off gas and which a puppy is unlikely to chew into?

Asked by Jeanie
Newton Highlands, MA

(1)I am wondering whether there is any linoleum or kitchen floor covering that doesn't off gas and which puppy is unlikely to chew into...i.e tough stuff which is safe for our air and won't get trashed...and looks nice (2) When I paint my deck...whats the strongest and least toxic option so puppy doesn't get poisoned if she chews the railings etc? What about that enamel stuff I hear advertised??


Jason Kliwinski

Answered by Jason Kliwinski

Lambertville, NJ

The Green Living and Building Center

May 24, 2013

For the floor in the kitchen I would normally recommend cork for the ergonomic properties.

  • Globus Cork has a prefinished snap together floating floor that can be installed over your existing if it's in reasonable condition.
  • If your puppy is more destructive that cork can handle, which is pretty tough and antibacterial naturally, linoleum may not be a bad option.

The most durable choice would probably be a tile, whether ceramic, porcelain, stone, or clay. Tile is non-toxic generally and does not offgas.

For finishing the deck, I recommend using linseed oil, beeswax, or a low VOC whey based finish. You will have to recoat annually with linseed oil or beeswax. Products like Vermont Natural Coatings are more durable and non-toxic.

If your wood is pressure treated lumber, it may be more harmful for your puppy than the finish on it.


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