As a contractor or retailer, you likely get a lot of families asking you for tips on the most durable types of flooring for children. Not only does kids’ flooring have to look bright and cheery, it also has to be able to withstand the rigors of playful children, dirty shoes, dropped snacks and more. It’s a fine balance to strike but it can be done. Here are the top five kids’ flooring suggestions you can pass on to your customers.
These act as a neutral palette for which to build even better designs upon, points out HGTV. Another benefit is that hardwood floor tiles are easy to clean — a must with children around. Traditional hardwood is, well, hard. That’s not good for kids with all the jumping and exploring they do. That’s the great thing about soft hardwood tile: it still gives you the beautiful look of hardwood yet provides an extra layer of cushion for your little monkeys. Plus, these tiles, available in any size or configuration, can protect your real floors underneath from scratching and pitting.
Carpeting is an ideal material for bedrooms and playrooms because it’s easy on the joints and can soften those falls. Kids can play uninhibited on carpet, tumbling, jumping and laying down to read a good book. A Berber, for example, is ideal because it’s easier to maintain and readily hides stains and spills that seem to follow kids around. Low-pile carpeting is also better for kids with allergies and asthma. Just be sure to spot clean and vacuum often to keep dust mites, mold and mildew at bay.
Bamboo for kids? Yup. If you have a customer who’s really into the whole eco-friendly thing and wants something unique for their kid’s room, suggest bamboo. This trendy flooring can easily be refinished if any scratches or marks occur, plus it’s got natural anti-bacterial properties that are perfect for little ones with sensitivities to irritants.
This is another great option for kids who are sensitive, as cork is naturally hypoallergenic and does a great job resisting bacterial growth. It’s soft, which helps absorb shock, plus it’s antistatic and tends to retain heat better than other types of flooring. This will keep kids cozy during playtime. Perhaps the biggest plus of all is that cork absorbs noise much better than hardwood or tile. Parents will love that feature! No noise=happy parents. It’s easy to scratch or gouge, though, so some care does have to be taken to ensure that doesn’t happen.
While you may assume laminate is more of a sterile choice better suited to kitchens and bathrooms, think again. Not only is laminate a breeze to clean, you can purchase laminate in many different styles and colors to match your needs and decor. For instance, you can get laminate that resembles the look of hardwood with none of the maintenance. To cut down on the risk of hard falls or slips, parents can scatter a few brightly colored area rugs around the space to spruce up the decor.
To help your customers choose the best flooring for their kids’ rooms, it’s important to stay current on the newest trends yet hold on to the classics that never go out of style. Contact Adleta today, your trusted hard surface flooring distributor, to learn more about our products.
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