30 yrs ago I refinished floors with bar top finish because of cats-found it scratched terribly when they ran thru house. 10 years ago used combo stain/satin finish - now found when they threw up "hairballs" the stomach acid stained and lightened the floor area. What is the BEST finish to put on to help both of these situations? Don't need to sand floors, but simply stain and apply top finish - need something hard to withstand cats.
You will need something hard like clear gloss or satin Fullerplast, or a Polyester finish. Be aware it is very expensive, and not easy to apply, so it is also expensive to apply. That is part of the price of owning dogs and cats. You can either let the cats dictate how the house looks and smells or pay the price to own a cat. Dogs can be even harder on floors. I try to keep area rugs in places the dogs travel, but dogs are not like cats and won't usually run along walls and other odd places and area rug won't cover.
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