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kid friendly floors – tile flooring

Tile Flooring

Flooring Type - Tile

Kid floor surfaces need to be durable, and many tile floors can stand up to most child–related wear and tear. Tile flooring comes in a variety of patterns, styles and materials, allowing them to be easily incorporated in many homes and rooms. Now you can have tough, kids flooring that still complements your living space.

Pros

  • Durable surface of many types of tile resists most staining and scratching
  • Can be water and moisture resistant when properly installed and sealed
  • Hypoallergenic qualities make it a good choice for kids with allergies or respiratory problems
  • Easy to clean and maintain

Cons

  • Grout may stain and collect hard–to–remove dirt
  • Tile can be slippery when exposed to moisture or liquid
  • Surface can be cold and uncomfortable for kids to sit and play on
  • Hard surface can be painful for children should they fall

Kid–Safe Flooring Tips – Tile Flooring

  • Properly seal all grout lines
  • Use darker grout that can disguise stains
  • Choose floor tiles with a high Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rating. (PEI ratings determine the strength of different types of tile floor.)
  • Installing larger floor tiles will give you fewer grout lines. This will help reduce the amount of dirt and allergens that collect on your floor
  • Protect your subfloor with a moisture barrier or underlayment such as cork or foam rubber
  • Install slightly–textured floor tiles for a more slip–resistant surface
  • Immediately clean up all spills, dirt and debris
  • Place floor mats or rugs where kids frequently run and play

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