Two of our tests for flooring are especially relevant to pet owners: the wear test, in which a small abrasion machine travels back and forth over the flooring; and the scratch test, in which a sharp pointed tool is dragged across each floor panel while testers gradually add weight to increase the force. (Watch the video, above.)
"The wear test could be the best at indicating what pet claws would do, with less consideration for the scratch test," says John Galeotafiore, associate director of home improvement in our Technical Division. "The wear test is looking for how quickly a floor's surface will begin to show wear after mild abrasion, and pet claws could be more in line with that kind of repetitive mild abrasion over time. The scratch test is used more to simulate what might happen if you dragged a heavier type of furniture or appliance across the floor."