You can use either wood or laminate flooring if you have children and this article explains why
Most of the people think that wood or laminate flooring must not be used if there are children in the home. However, contrary to that belief, there is evidence which suggests that either of the two flooring options can be incorporated in the home if you have kids. Indeed, the use of carpet as a flooring material seems appealing and a good choice; it has been around a very long time and still is considered one of the most popular flooring options globally, regardless of the fact whether or not there are children in the home. Carpet is much softer, feels good underfoot and it also provides some cushioning against the hard floor but on the downside, it can be a big hassle to clean the carpet and maintain it. Specifically, little children and kids can make the flooring and carpet very dirty. For example, if they spill some food, juice or a drink, it can cause permanent stains on the carpet, along with some bad odor, which will not leave easily. Furthermore, these food leftovers or spills can really get embedded and stuck into the carpet fibers, making it extremely difficult to clean and return to its original and pristine state. On the other hand, if you have laminate or wood flooring, it can easily by cleaned using a damp piece of cloth or towel and upon drying, you will realize that it is still in its clean and original state and this way of cleaning will not damage the flooring. This article emphasizes on the need to use wood and laminate flooring in homes with children.
Read the complete article to learn why using wood or laminate flooring is a good option if you have children!
Wood and Laminate VS. Carpet
Although carpet is much softer than wood and laminate flooring, keeping it clean can be a big issue. We all know how messy kids can be. A sticky lolly will stick to the fibres, a spilled yoghurt or a cup of milk poured on the floor just for the fun of it could cause some unsightly, immovable stains and nasty lingering smells. Laminate or wood flooring can be simply wiped down with a damp cloth and dried without any damage.
Carpets are also prone to catching and harbouring dust mites, pollen and dirt. If your child has allergies, laminate or wood flooring is a much better choice, their flat, treated surface doesn’t trap allergens or allow for any mold or mildew to grow – any allergens can be simply wiped away.
Wood VS. Laminate
The choice between wood and laminate flooring mainly comes down to personal preference and what is high on your priority list.
Although there have been great improvements in the manufacturing of laminate, the striking beauty of a wood floor, which gains more character as it ages, is irreplaceable.
Most laminates are impact, scratch and splash resistant. It’s hard wearing, durable nature means that it is able to cope with high levels of traffic for a long period of time.
One of the greatest appeals of a wood floor is its longevity. Although it is slightly less durable than laminate, a wood floor can be sanded and re-finished when it begins to show damage (due to wear and tear), whereas laminate flooring is more difficult to repair once worn and will likely need to be replaced.
A wet mop can be used to clean spillages or sticky marks on a laminate floor where only a dry/damp cloth can be used on a wood floor.
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