Adults may take their floors for granted when they don’t have children. But people with young ones living at home need to consider some safety issues involving their floors and the kids who move around on them.
First, you need to concern yourself with the safety of your children when they are walking, running and crawling on your floors. If you have hardwood flooring or rugs that slide around very easily, this could become a safety hazard for children because they might slip and fall.
In addition, your children could easily make a mess on your rugs and carpets. Perhaps they’ll spill their food or drinks on the floor or do something else that will stain the fabric of the floor.
To prevent these calamities, you need to childproof your rugs and floors so they are safe for small children and from small children. Here are five steps to take to help you get started:
1. Fabric Protectors
You can purchase fabric protectors formulated to block stains that might normally occur on your rugs, carpet, upholstery or other fabric-based material.
These fabric protectors can be purchased in spray bottles so that you easily can spray the formula onto your flooring. That way, whenever your child spills their food or beverage on the floor, it likely won’t leave a stain on the fabric after you clean it up.
2. Area Rugs
Area rugs cover a significant amount of floor space. These rugs can protect both your children and flooring from having unfortunate situations happen to them.
For instance, if you have hardwood flooring and you’re worried about your children slipping and falling on it, then place an area rug over it. Even if someone does fall, the rug will cushion the impact to their body so they won’t suffer any serious injuries.
Also, if you want to protect your carpet from getting stained, you can place an area rug over that, too. Most area rugs are relatively inexpensive and periodically can be replaced if they become stained or soiled.
3. Low-Cut Carpeting
You see low-cut carpeting all the time in offices and other commercial rooms. Low-cut carpets are great for multiple reasons. Not only are they easy to clean, but also they will reduce the impact of your fall in case you trip on the floor.
Most importantly, you don’t need to worry about sharp objects hiding in the fabric of the carpet like they can in traditional lengthy carpets. Low-cut carpets will not hide any tacks, nails or other sharp objects, so you don’t need to worry about your children stepping on them accidentally and getting injured.
4. Pet Polyester Carpet Fabric
The chemical name of pet polyester is Polyethylene Terephthalate. If you don’t like the idea of purchasing stain-protector sprays, then try replacing your existing carpet with one made from pet polyester fibres.
5. Regular Cleaning
It’s amazing how often this gets overlooked. If you want to have clean floors, then you actually need to clean them on a regular basis. This does not mean just vacuuming the carpets once per week, either.
Cleaning the floors means using a carpet cleaning device on your carpets and a floor steamer or hardwood floor cleaning machine on your wooden or tile floors.
Most home cleaning experts say you should clean your floors at least once per year. But if you have children running around, you should do it once every six months.
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