renting with dogs ... how do we protect hardwood floors?
We are going to be living in a rental house for 5-6 months during our remodel. The landlady is letting us bring our three medium-large dogs, but she is very clear that she wants her hardwood floor back in the same condition it's in now. The hardwood is just in one big room, maybe 15 x 20 feet (which is most of the house, so we can't keep our dogs out of that room).
Our thought is to just put down a pad and the cheapest carpet remnant we can get for the duration of our rental. But are there any gotchas lurking there? I am afraid that at the end of our rental we will take up the carpet only to find that the pad has scratched up the floor beneath, or that moisture has seeped down and warped it. Eek! Can someone give us basic guidelines to avoid such possibilities?