Messy finger risk factors aside, when it comes to furnishing your home, there’s no doubt that carpet is probably your best bet. In addition to it adding warmth and style to any room, it’s also a safer and more durable flooring option that can help to safeguard and protect your children from unnecessary bumps and injury.
Unlike other flooring types, which can be hard, head-bumping, knee bruising areas of risk, carpet is the perfect fabric for cushioning and protecting children from most accidents.
In today’s blog post, we will suggest several proactive steps that you can take to protect your carpet, to keep it looking fresh and new, even with your messy munchkins.
It’s time to renew the carpet in your home and one thing is sure, you want to stick with your favourite flooring type but with little ones running around, it’s crucial that you really think about it. Depending on how old your children are, how many you have and what room you are carpeting, you want to take the time to really do your research, ensuring that you pick the best carpet type for your needs.
We suggest that you spend some time doing some research, decide which carpet type and colour is best for your needs and then trying to pick one that is going to withstand your children’s activities.
If you have the time, it’s always worth contacting a carpeting specialist such as Dolce Vita Rug directly, as we will be able to offer you the best advice.
Set Some Rules
As with all things in life, it’s always worth having a set of rules and these are certainly going to depend on your carpet choice. If you’ve opted from something light or white, you’re probably going to want to be slightly stricter in your rulemaking, as these colours will stain much easier than others."
So, go ahead and make a set of rules, taking the time to communicate these to your children. It might be that you ban any drinks from being consumed on the new carpet or perhaps muddy shoes must be left by the door. It’s the season of long Autumn walks which inevitably invite mud into your home so it’s the perfect time to get your children into a habit of taking off their muddy shoes.
Whatever the case, make sure that they are clear and explained to your children.
Do as I do
Most kids are very quick to pick up on any kind of hypocrisy and often they will follow your lead. In this instance, it’s crucial that you stick to the rules yourselves and set an example of the care that you expect. If you have stated that shoes must be taken off at the door, make sure that you do this too and the same goes for any other kind of forbidden behaviour.
Be Ready for Accidents
Accidents happen and once they have, there’s very little you can do to take back the damage that has been done, however, this is where being proactive steps into the frame. Before you even have your carpet laid, take some time to research the best cleaning products for your chosen carpet and make sure to get some products in ready. It could be an old-fashioned carpet cleaner or perhaps just some various solutions, it’ll depend on your budget and carpet type, but these could save you a fortune in the long run.
Buy a rug
We know, you’ve just invested in a beautiful new carpet and you want to make sure that it looks new for as long as possible but at the same time, you’re reluctant to cover it up. However, if you really want to give your carpet the best possible start in life, we suggest throwing a bespoke rug over the top. It doesn’t have to cover the entire carpet and there is no need for it to be overly fancy, but it would be worth laying one over areas of potential problem.
Think about the area’s that are most likely to see wear and tear, places like the doors or under any kind of table and be sure to pop a rug in these locations.