How to make your flooring ‘baby proof’
Renovating your house whilst having a baby is not always ideal, however sometimes it is necessary, and you just have to go for it. I recently read an article that suggested that your flooring is the most important factor when renovating your home and this got me thinking: What is the most baby proof flooring? Now obviously children can be extremely messy, so it needs to be easy to clean and resistant to children’s toys being thrown in a tantrum on the ground. So, after completing a little bit of research I came to the conclusion that there is no perfect product. However, I did learn the positives and negatives of different flooring styles and what they may offer to our little bundles of joy.
The first type of flooring to discuss is solid oak flooring. The wood flooring market is extremely competitive, and this has led to the traditionally high prices of wood flooring to be significantly reduced. At first glance I would have never thought solid oak flooring was child friendly due to the fact I presumed it was easy to damage and not the nicest surface to fall onto. Granted, it is most certainly not soft, however it is very difficult to damage and can be fixed if it is ever stained or scratched. Wood flooring is available in a variety of finishes; however, I came to the conclusion that a lacquered solid oak floor is most suitable. A lacquered wood floor may show scratches, however if any liquid is spilt it will simply sit on top of the surface and will not damage the floor if wiped up within a few hours. If the floor is ever stained, then it is not the end of the world. All you need to do is resend and refinish the floor as this will revert the floor to its purchased condition.
It is understandable if you do not want to break the bank when purchasing solid wood flooring, however there are cheaper options which do not quite have the same appearance but obtain some of the wood flooring benefits. Laminate or vinyl flooring attempt to replicate the appearance of real wood or stone using a photographic layer, however it does not feel as solid underfoot. You can purchase a textured laminate flooring to replicate the natural grains, however the plastic coating does not feel as nice as wood flooring underfoot. The main benefit of laminate or vinyl flooring is that it is extremely hard wearing for its thickness and you would have to do some damage in order to stain or dent the floor.
The final option is carpet as it is soft, spongy and will absorb the warmth during the winter months. However, it does stain incredibly easily. There are stain removers available to clean the dirty marks, but I never believe the flooring returns to its purchased state. Maybe there is a way we can compromise?
Many home buyers may buy a sturdy flooring and purchase rugs to trap the heat and make a softer landing in the children’s play zones. Child friendly rugs may also be perfect as they can double up as a play matt to make all their little friends jealous.