The Best Kid Friendly Floors for Your Family

kid-friendly-floorsThere is no such thing as a childproof floor. From the first steps of teetering toddlers to the countless crashes of toy block towers, kids will test the very ground they walk on.

Luckily, parents have plenty of flooring options to the fit the needs of their growing families.

If you want comfort…

The forgiving surface of carpeted floors is a favorite among families with young children. It provides not only a softer landing for the inevitable tumble but also a degree of soundproofing and warmth. Maintenance for carpets can be more difficult than other options as vacuuming and spot cleaning will need to be done on a regular basis to avoid dust mites and the growth of mold and mildew caused by spilled drinks, for example. However, many brands offer stain resistant and stain repellant varieties in colorful and speckled shades that will help hide any accidents and keep your carpets looking nice for years.

If you want durable…

Laminate floors have a proven track record of standing up to the heavy traffic of a house full of little ones. With the advances in technology, they are able to give the look and feeling of a warm natural wood floor without the hassle of actual wood. Laminate is also easier on a family’s budget than hardwood floors.

The maintenance of a laminate floor is also hard to beat. A broom and a damp mop will get them clean in no time. Worried about scratches? Laminate floors are made to be scratch-resistant, but those that suffer a few scrapes can look like new again with the help of a laminate fill-in kit. Because of the high tech scratch and dent resistant topcoat used to create laminate, it tends to be more durable than hardwood, less likely to chip than tile, and can last up to 25 years.

If parents are worried about their kids falling on harder surfaces, consider putting down an area rug in play areas.

If you have allergies…

Nothing can ruin a good time like not feeling well. For kids, and even adults, who suffer from allergies or asthma, cork flooring is the best bet for your home.

A more affordable option than hardwood, cork floors naturally prevent the growth of mold, mildew, bacteria and other allergy causing substances. Its density makes it airtight, keeping any water from getting through, and its antistatic surface won’t attract or retain dust.

When it comes to cleaning cork, less is more. A soft-bristle broom and a little soap and water will do the trick. Parents will want to avoid using a lot of chemical products as it could damage the sealant on the floor and aggravate allergies.

Cork’s softness allows for more shock absorption and comfort than other options. It also helps insulate heat and keeps little toes warm and cozy. Cork is a popular choice with parents because it absorbs more sound than laminate or hardwood floors, limiting echo effects and making playtime more enjoyable for everyone.

Each flooring option has its pros and cons. While harder floors aren’t as comfortable to play on, they’re easier to clean. Softer floors are more easily dented and may not be as long-lasting. However, there are plenty of options for whatever best suits the needs of your family.

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