If you are tired of dirty carpeting from your pets, consider wood flooring. Not the laminated stuff, too noisy, but REAL wood. You'll find it a good investment and holds or adds to the value of your home. I purchased 3 inch by 3/4 inch Brazilian Teak and couldn't be happier with it. I have 4 dogs and I also foster dogs and with this floor, you see no scratches, it's easy to clean, and holds up well to the every day ins and out of the dog traffic. It's 2 times denser than red oak, which is why I purchased it for my family room and kitchen. I wasn't sure I'd like wood in the kitchen, but it sure beats tiles and dirty grout! Cleaning isn't a big deal. I use Bono Cleaner instead of vinegar and water which really doesn't clean it well and leaves it wet. With this cleaner it drys immediately. You will find that because the carpet use to hold the dirt and dust or pet hair, that you will be dusting your floors every day, but the plus is that you have a clean floor and no hidden smells.