Want to know how well certain types of flooring will stand the test of time? Check them out in homes with kids. With kids in the house the floors will cop a variety of liquid spills. Some more gross than others. Endless dirt from a range of dubious sources as well as dents and scratches – which of course no-one is guilty of causing…
So, which is the best kind of flooring to withstand spilled orange juice, muddy football boots and the aftermath of out-of-control Tonka trucks? We love Carpet Court’s broad selection of carpets and floating floors that offer practical solutions.
What should we consider when choosing flooring for kids?
Your flooring needs to suit your environment as well as your family. Do you live near the beach, in the country or in suburbia? Do you live in a cold climate?
If you live near the beach the kids are likely to bring half of it home with them. Opt for an easily-vacuumed floor with high scratch resistance such as hybrid floating floors.
In country or farmland homes you’ll find that dirt seems to stick like mud to kids and carpets. Choose a hard floor which is easy to sweep and vacuum.
If you live in town in a cold climate area, pure wool carpets are great insulators. While being supremely soft and comfortable for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers who spend a lot of time on the floor.
And don’t forget the multi-tasking abilities of stylish, durable rugs. They are perfect for protecting any type of floor while the kids are young.
Which type of flooring is best for living areas with kids?
In an open plan design where the kids may be eating, drinking and playing in the same area, you want floors which are easy to clean. Carpet Court’s stunning vinyl planks, vinyl sheets and waterproof hybrid flooring in realistic timber designs are stylish and practical options.
If you prefer the warmth and softness of carpet in your living areas, synthetic carpets are luxuriously soft and have excellent stain resistance. Choosing a loop pile gives you a little more time to clean up spills and catch crumbs before they sink into the fibres. This makes them slightly easier to manage than cut pile carpets. Darker earthy tones are great colours if you don’t want to be a slave to your carpets.
If your kids get more food on the floor than in their mouths, consider a polypropylene rug beneath the dining table. They are affordable, super easy to clean, and will preserve your carpet for the future.
What is the best flooring for kid’s bedrooms?
If asthma and allergies are not a concern, pure wool carpets offer warmth, softness, sound insulation and comfort. Pure wool is a sustainable fibre with a naturally high level of stain and moisture resistance due to the lanolin in sheep’s wool.
If your kids spend a lot of time playing in their bedrooms, synthetic carpets or floating floors with synthetic rugs offer warmth and softness and are a durable, easy to clean floor covering which may be better suited to your budget.
On-trend charcoal grey carpets against a fresh, light colour palette provide a modern look while being a practical colour in family homes. Carpet Court’s pure wool Ocean Road carpet in Anglesea, Lorne or Cape Otway is a high-performer which look amazing.
Which type of flooring is the most stain resistant?
Kids are super skilled at creating unidentifiable stains on all the floors in the house. For longevity and resilience, 100% waterproof hybrid floating floors are a great option as they are easy to clean but also resistant to liquid spills.
Technology has developed a diverse range of highly stain resistant, scratch resistant, even water-resistant flooring products for family homes, so the best floor for the kids will be whichever one you love the most.
We partnered with the experts at Carpet Court to bring you this informative post.
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