When most people think of child–friendly flooring, carpet immediately comes to
mind. Carpet is one of the most comfortable surfaces to walk and play on, making it a
popular choice with parents who are concerned about their children's safety. Carpet can cushion the falls of stumbling
babies, reduce slipping and make play time more comfortable.
However, carpet is not without its shortcomings. For example, it can be home to mites and other household allergens which can
be harmful to children who have asthma, allergies, or
other respiratory illnesses.
- Offers a soft, warm surface to walk and play on
- Surface is slip resistant
- High–quality, stain–resistant carpet may make it easier to clean up spills and accidents before they sink
- Professional carpet cleaners can remove even some of the worst stains for a fraction of the cost of replacing the carpet
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- Can hold onto dirt and debris, making cleaning difficult
- May quickly absorb spills and accidents
- More prone to staining than most types of flooring
- Not ideal for kids with allergies, as carpet can hold onto animal dander, dust and other allergens
- Can be a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and fleas
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)* may be present in the carpet and carpet glue
*VOCs are carbon–based chemical compounds that are commonly associated with allergy–like
symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose and headaches.
Exposure to VOCs may also increase cancer risk.
Kid–Safe Flooring Tips – Carpet
- Immediately clean up all spills, dirt and debris
- Frequently vacuum up dirt and debris so they don't get pushed into the carpet
- Protect your subfloor with a moisture barrier or underlayment such as cork or foam rubber
- Choose a carpet that's considered eco–friendly as these tend to contain fewer VOCs