Two weeks ago, I had my red oak floors refinished with Bona Traffic in a semi gloss finish. They sanded, stained, then put three coats on. I love the floors. One reason I chose this floor is that I have a 43 lb dog who can get excitable. I read that the Bona Traffic is a tough finish. There were scratches in the old Swedish finish floors, but not a lot - and the floor hadn't been redone in over 15years....
When my floors were done, I brought myself and dog home. It is just the two of us and I don't wear shoes in the house and am easy on floors. The floor guys recommended I put Soft Claws on my pet's feet, which I did, to prevent him slipping and scratching the floors.
In just two weeks, he has put numerous scratches in the floor. Every day, there are more. He generally just walks on the floors - but occassionally, like yesterday, when the UPS man came to the door, he ran down the hall barking and left probably 20 scratches. I also noticed that I have a very light weight dog food box, about 5 lbs, and I have gently moved it forward in the pantry to get out dog food, and it, too, has scratched the floors. This really surprised me as I have, in the past, shoved that dog food box around and it never scratched the original floors in the pantry at all.
I am just sick about it. I realize that dogs and hardwood are not a good combination, but it is not like he is charging throughout the house constantly or that this is a house with rambunctious children. Just one woman and a 9 year old spaniel.
I am beginning to wonder if there is something wrong with the finish. That maybe for some reason it is defective and too soft.
Again, I totally understand that scratches happen and that is life, and that pets can certainly scratch, but I am astonished as to how many scratches there are even when the dog is wearing claw sheaths.
What do you think? Any advice? Is this a defective finish, or were my expectations too high for the Bona Traffic?