The floor is quite literally part of the foundation of the home – without a strong, safe, attractive floor, a home is just not complete. Floors take a lot of abuse, and families with young children and pets look for floors that will withstand years of running, jumping, spills, stains and more. When searching for a pet- and child-friendly floor, durability as well as non-toxic elements are important.
Here are three things to look for when deciding on a floor that works best for all members of the family.
Durability is important. A durable floor is probably the first thing to look for when choosing flooring for your home. Floors should not peel, scratch or pit. They must be able to withstand stains and heavy traffic. Many households choose treated laminate or hardwood flooring. These types of floors are made for heavy traffic and are easy to clean. They’re also attractive options that can grow with families and still look great year after year. Cork flooring is a viable option that’s durable and withstands constant traffic of paws, claws and little shoes.
Vinyl floors are becoming popular again, as well as carpet. Most carpets and vinyl floors are treated to stand up to messes, stains, and lots of wear. When choosing flooring, look for reasonable prices, which both vinyl and carpet can offer over hardwood floors.
Environmentally friendly flooring
When children and pets are involved, flooring needs to be non-toxic and VOC-free. Go for more sustainable flooring, both environmentally friendly and safe for your children and pets to be around. There are many attractive options available that are also produced with the environment in mind, including reclaimed flooring that has been treated to be durable and safe for the environment. Bamboo flooring is another good option, as it’s durable and good for the environment.
Easy to clean floors
When you’ve got children and pets, you’ve got potential messes waiting to happen. Floors that stain, most often carpet, can be tough to maintain, especially with a busy lifestyle. Carpets that are stain-resistant, along with laminate, tile and cork flooring that is treated to withstand stains are good options for those looking for family-friendly flooring.Those that are easy to clean floors, with eco-friendly options, are also important.
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By Elizabeth Hawksworth
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