Family carpet

Decorating and renovating a home is a large project, especially for those with families. Children can be clumsy and messy so you have to make some big decisions like what kind of carpet is best for the kids’ room.

The most important things to consider when getting a carpet, carpet tile, or rug for kids’ room are comfort, durability, safety, and how easy it would be to clean. Other factors to consider are the colour and design. Would you want a neutral carpet or one in a more cheerful colour and design?

The great thing is carpets and carpet tiles work wonderfully in a kid’s room. In this post, we will give some tips on picking out a carpet for a kid’s bedroom and other helpful ideas.

How to Pick Out Carpet for a Kid's Bedroom

Carpets are soft and comfortable and they also prevent slips and cushion the impact of falls. Babies and toddlers spend a lot of time on the floor. Pre-school and school-aged children are very active and like to test their physical abilities. It helps if they have a safe and comfortable place to move around.

For the above reasons, carpets are a great option for kids’ bedrooms and playrooms. However, children are also known to be prone to messy accidents. Very young children are still developing their motor skills so it is inevitable that they will spill their milk or juice on the floor or spill paint when doing artwork.

Getting rid of carpet stains is another chore to add to your to-do-list so you might get discouraged about getting a carpet for your kid’s room. But it is good to know that there are family-friendly carpet options for you.

In choosing carpet for kids’ bedrooms, look for one with wear-resistance and stain-resistance so that they last longer and still look good for years to come. A carpet with an added odour control feature is also a great choice.

Carpet One has worry-free and family-friendly carpet ranges that are perfect for kids’ bedrooms.

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    Alla Moda

    Made with solution-dyed nylon, the Alla Moda carpet has superior colourfastness and wear and stain resistance with a 15-year warranty. It is extremely soft underfoot to provide the best comfort.
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    Desire

    Also made with solution-dyed nylon, Desire carpets are treated with Active 8 to help neutralise unwanted odours. They also have wear and stain resistance.
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    Eco Plus

    Made with eco-friendly Triexta fibre, Eco plus carpets are soft to the touch and have stain protection, wear resistance and pile retention, and a lifetime pet guarantee.

Colour is another factor in choosing a carpet for a kid’s bedroom. Middle-tone carpets such as brown, tan, or a dark shade of cream can hide dirt and stains so they are recommended for children’s bedrooms.

That said, you have greater freedom in selecting colours if you choose a carpet with stain resistance as you don’t have to worry much about staining.

Are Carpet Tiles a Good Choice for Kid Bedrooms?

Carpet tiles are another flooring option for children’s bedrooms. Like wall-to-wall carpets, carpet tiles offer the same comfort and safety but they are easier to manage.

One advantage of carpet tiles is that you can remove a heavily soiled tile and wash it with a hose then hang it to dry. If a carpet tile is heavily stained or ruined, you can just replace that specific tile.

You can also choose carpet tiles in two (or more) different colours and arrange them in a pattern if you want to add more visual interest to your kid’s room.

Another advantage of carpet tiles is that it is very easy to install. They already have built-in padding so there is no need for underlay and that cuts down the installation time.

What About Flooring Other than Carpet?

If you are not a fan of carpets, you can choose other kid-friendly flooring options for your kid’s room.

Carpet One has an amazing selection of family-friendly flooring. Here are some of your choices for kid-friendly flooring.

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is easy to clean and extremely durable. It is also water resistant so spills won’t be much of a problem.

Though not as soft as carpet, vinyl flooring still offers a softer surface compared to hardwood and concrete floors.

Vinyl flooring comes in two forms-sheet vinyl and vinyl planks. It is also available in a wide variety of colours, textures, and tones.

Laminate

Laminate flooring is also easy to clean and durable, water-resistant and scratch-resistant so it is a great choice for busy homes. It is also relatively easy to install.

Hybrid

Hybrid flooring can resist almost all household spills. It is durable, impact resistant and scratch resistant so it can withstand the daily rigours of daily life. It is also very easy to clean and maintain. It is also quiet and comfortable underfoot.

Check out some great kid-friendly flooring products here.

What are Some Flooring Trends for Kids' Rooms?

Carpet remains a popular choice for kids’ rooms, due to its warm, comfortable and safe qualities. For wall-to-wall carpeting, styles that mimic the look of natural fibres are gaining popularity – a trend that reflects the increasing popularity of incorporating organic and natural materials into design.

The Desire Carpet Collection offers the texture and looks of natural fibres, with the softness and durability of a carpet. See our recommendations here.

Vinyl plank flooring is also a popular choice because of its easy-care properties and durability. To add a touch of warmth, you can lay rugs on top. Explore kid-friendly vinyl plank flooring here

Do You Need a Carpet Runner on Stairs if You Have Kids?

If a person has kids, it can be nice to have a carpet runner on the stairs due to some wood and laminate being incredibly slick. It mostly depends on the activity level, age, and personality of the children. Some children are naturally cautious and will take things like stairs slowly.

They are the kind of children that might be fine without a carpet runner on the stairs. Other children will be much higher energy or naturally more prone to injury, so a carpet runner could prevent or soften injuries. This is especially true for children who run or slide down and up a set of stairs. The carpet runner can soften the stair edges and make it harder for children to get injured.

The age of the children can also strongly influence the need for a carpet runner. If a child is really young/learning how to get up and down stairs, it would be bad to not have a runner. Children at this age do not have the motor skills needed to handle a slick or hard surface well. Injuries would be more likely and dangerous at this age than at an older age. Children who are old enough to be in school will be better prepared to handle slick stairs. Overall, it is safest to have a carpet runner.

How To Clean up Pee, Dirt, Paint, and Other Messes on Carpet?

Even if your carpet is stain-resistant you will still need to follow the same cleaning processes you would for untreated carpet depending on what source the mess came from. But you can expect the process to be much easier and quicker.

Here are some tips for cleaning up common kids’ messes on a carpet:

Have some cleaning materials on hand.

Vinegar, baking soda, a pre-soak solution made with 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent diluted in a cup of water, diluted dishwashing detergents and dry powder carpet cleaner are the common cleaning solutions used for carpet cleaning. Depending on the type of mess you may also need paper towels, a sponge, rubber gloves, a spoon or any blunt object you can use to scrape, and books (or anything you can use as weights).

Act fast

Clean the mess as soon as possible to prevent stains from setting on the carpet.

Blot, don’t rub.

Rubbing will only push the spill or mess in making it harder to clean. Instead, blot the spill with a paper towel to absorb the liquid.

Scrape when needed.

When dealing with semi-solid or viscous messes, you can use a spoon or other blunt object to scrape the mess towards the centre and remove it.

Avoid wetting the carpet too much.

Don’t pour the cleaning solution that you will use on the carpet. Use a clean, white paper towel or towel to apply the cleaning solution.
You can find more carpet cleaning tips here

Easy cleaning method for many types of spills and messes

The steps below can also be used to clean up a variety of messes on carpets like hot chocolate, milk, artificial juice drinks, ice cream, chocolate, mayonnaise, finger paint, pee, and dirt.

Using paper towels, blot the spot to soak up the remaining moisture from the carpet. Then apply the detergent solution to the area using a damp paper towel. Leave for three to five minutes. Blot again to soak up the remaining moisture. Then apply white vinegar to the carpet. Blot using a paper towel again. Rinse by applying water with a damp sponge. Blot with paper towels again to dry and then finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.

Cleaning method for vomit, white glue and other types of messes

Scrape or blot the mess up using paper towels.

Apply dry baking soda on the surface and then scrape and vacuum the spot. Using a damp sponge, apply water to rinse off the remaining baking soda taking care not to overwet the carpet. Blot using paper towels.

Using a damp paper towel, apply the pre-soak solution and then rinse using a damp sponge. Blot the area again using paper towels. Then vacuum the carpet.

Cleaning Mustard, Tomato Sauce, Soft Drinks, Fruit Juices, and Pet Food

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    Scrape or blot up excess spill.
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    Apply dry baking soda.
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    Scrape the spot and then vacuum.
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    Using a damp sponge, apply water to the area to rinse out the remaining baking soda.
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    Using paper towels, blot to soak up the excess liquid.
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    Apply pre-soak solution using a towel.
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    Rinse with warm water using a damp sponge.
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    Blot the spot with paper towels to dry.
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    Apply dry powder cleaner and let it absorb any remaining liquid.
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    Vacuum dry powder.
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How to Remove Chewing Gum from the Carpet

A piece of chewing gum stuck on your carpet is probably the last thing you want to see. Don’t panic. There’s a way to remove the sticky mess.

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    Scrape as much gum as you can from the carpet.
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    Freeze the remaining gum with ice cubes.
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    Shatter frozen gum with a blunt object like the back of a large spoon.
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    Vacuum the gum chips before they melt.

Keen to know more about flooring for your kids' rooms?

Carpets are a great option for kids’ bedrooms because they are comfortable and safe for kids. With the availability of durable and stain-resistant carpets, you don’t have to worry so much about kids ruining the carpet. Apart from carpets, other worry-free flooring options like vinyl and laminate are also available.

If you are wanting to renovate your child’s room and need help in deciding the best flooring option, Carpet One is here to guide you. Contact us or visit your local Carpet One store and we will provide you with the best advice on your home and flooring needs or book a measure and quote.

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