Hardwood Floors and Kids

We've run into a couple of situations in which a customer mentioned that they had hesitation  before choosing hardwood floors for their home. We asked what the reason for the holdup was, and they mentioned children. Apparently there are a lot of people out there who are afraid that a hardwood floor might be too "harsh" for small children. We couldn't disagree more. While a hardwood floor might be harder than something like carpet, a hardwood floor becomes more practical in day to day life. Read on to see why we think so.

"Children are bound to spill stuff, and something soft like a carpet is going to be a nightmare when it comes to cleaning it up." 

Kids can be a handful and tend to be accident prone. While hardwood floors are, by definition, hard, they can be life savers when it comes to maintenance. Children are bound to spill stuff, and something soft like a carpet is going to be a nightmare when it comes to cleaning it up. Liquids get trapped inside of a carpet and soak all the way down to the carpet padding. One spill can leave a stain and smell that will always be a reminder of that one accident. 

A hardwood floor is going to allow you to clean spills quickly and efficiently. As long as you get to a spill quickly, your hardwood floors are going to be a great barrier against a child's accidents. Wood floors are always a great way to ensure that cleaning things like dust are going to be easier than a carpeted floor. We have hardwood floors in our homes and have been happy with the choice from a maintenance perspective.

 Allergies can be a headache. Literally.

Allergies can be a headache. Literally.

Dust doesn't collect the same way it would in a carpet which can help with allergies.  One of our recent customers had a child with allergies and they made sure to avoid dust collecting materials in their new home. They had tile and hardwood floors throughout the entire home. Their kids and pets loved the floors and didn't run into any issues with floors being too "harsh" for their children.

"The family dog can have an accident and then it's all over." 

If you have any hesitations when it comes to making a decision for your home, hardwood floors can work with. We've seen soft surfaces like carpet turn into nightmares after a simple spill or orange juice or milk. The family dog can have an accident and then it's all over. The smell of something like that will never truly leave unfortunately. If you have a child that suffers from allergies, a carpet can be a nightmare to deal with. Constant maintenance and vacuuming are sometimes not worth it., Hardwood floors allow you to avoid situations like these.