Carpeting or wood floors?

Merry - posted on 02/18/2012 ( 73 moms have responded )

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It seems everyone I talk to says something about wanting hard floors or 'upgrading' to wood floors.

It seems everyone prefers wood floors to carpeting.



I don't get it!

Carpet is soft and warm and quiet

When you get animal hair and dirt and what ever else on carpet it stays where it falls. But wood floors it all gathers in corners and can be rushed around by walking past.

Dirt and hair sticks to your clothes off wood floors a lot more then off carpet.



So honestly I see no positives to wood floors other then it's pretty.



I guess it is easier to mop a wood floor then it is to buy a carpet washer and shampoo a carpet but seriously I'd rather vacuum and spot clean carpet then have to sweep and mop so much.



So what do you prefer?

Why?



Ps I do prefer a tile floor in the kitchen but everywhere else I like carpet

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Merry - posted on 02/20/2012

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Many people have no choice but to live with carpet as its in apartments.

When you think about chemicals it's got to be far worse to drive a car or live in a city with the fumes then the issues with carpeting.

I mean the chemicals in our food for one has more effect on us then carpet.

I agree it mit not be the best choice but it's not that bad

Jenni - posted on 02/19/2012

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I use to say carpet too... it's warmer, easy to vacuum (hate mopping)... but after having kids I'm not so sure...



we have linoleum wood floors in our kitchen and all the bedrooms. But we put large rugs; a shag in Morgan's room and one that looks like reg carpet in Ben's room. Mostly, because kids play on the floor and I can't imagine it being all that comfortable to play on hard floors.



Our bathroom and mudroom are ceramic. Our livingroom is carpet. What I find is the carpet really bugs my allergies. We don't have pets or anything. But when I sit on the carpet my eyes get so dry and itchy almost immediately. It's new carpet too, it was put in when we moved into the place 2.5 yrs ago. And the stains drive me crazy. It's cream coloured and I use stain remover immediately but it's still "multi-coloured" with stains.



I also have a hardwood/carpet vac so it's pretty easy to get up the dust and stragglies in the corners of the other rooms. I don't know, I'm beginning to take a shine to the linoleum. It's really kid (I mean scratch) resistant.



I think the thing is; you might see the dirt/dust more on hardwood but it hides in your carpet deep where you can't see it and the vacuum and even steam cleaning can't reach. Have you ever had your carpets removed? It is GROSS under there.

Chelsey - posted on 02/18/2012

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I will never ever have carpet anywhere in my house! We have tile in the kitchen and bathrooms and hardwood everywhere else. After seeing carpets being pulled up and all the dirt and crud that gets left behind even when being vacuumed and shampood regularly I almost vomitted.



I've got a 4 year old, a 3 year old and a 2 day old, a cat and a dog and we live in the country so I've got a lot of messes in my future. I like being able to see the dirt on my floor so I know where to clean. At least with wood you know that the dirt and animal hair is actually gone and not being smooshed deeper into the floor to collect allergens!!!

Krista - posted on 02/18/2012

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Yeah, carpet is just nasty. You can vacuum and shampoo all you want, but there is still stuff deep down in there. And carpet can stain so badly, too. And it traps allergens.



I have a toddler, so whether I had tile, carpet, hardwood or whatever, I would STILL have to vacuum almost every day.



We have tile in our entry and bathrooms, and laminate flooring everywhere else. It's very easy to keep clean and is quite attractive. We have an area rug in our living room, for softness and warmth underfoot. We can vacuum and clean it, and if it gets beyond the point of no return, we can just roll it up and toss it out, whereas with carpet, it's a HUGE pain in the ass to replace. To me, hard floors with area rugs are the best of both worlds.

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Yassmeen - posted on 09/02/2013

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Wood is perfect for clean persons as it is easy to clean especially for those who have pets in their homes and small kids

Merry - posted on 02/21/2012

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I've never lived in a house without carpet.

And I've never had allergies. So while it may contribute I can't say it's affected me at all.

I believe you all, buti still love my carpet :)

Krista - posted on 02/21/2012

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Johnny's right about the apartment rentals. Unless you rent an apartment in a house or something, if you're in an actual apartment building, you usually have carpet.



And MeMe, I hear you about housing costs! It's NUTS! My sister lives in Bedford, in a dinky little 3-bd semi-detached, and it was recently assessed at $220K. Even out in the boonies where I live, it's not cheap -- not unless you want to live in something that requires you to invest an additional $80K in repairs, anyway...

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 02/21/2012

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Meme, my brother lives in a safe area of the city of Rochester and his 3 bedroom 1 bath with an enclosed porch and backyard and finished attic was 34,900! My parents' house could probably be sold for 100,900 or 120,900 when they decide to sell. The cost of living in my part of NY was relatively low compaired to where I live now. My MIL's tiny 3 bedroom 1 bath house in Canoe is probably 250,000 or so.



In BC we still pay 12% HST, but that's being taken out next year (even though the referendum voted to remove the HST back in the summer. My inlaws didn't like it anyway because Campbell just pushed it on the people of BC.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 02/21/2012

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$149 000 for a 4 bedroom 2.5 bath house is CHEAP. You don't ever want to live in the Maritimes then (if you think that is high, where your parents are).... Your lucky to get a brand new trailer for that price... well in HRM that is and we pay 15% HST on top. you could get a basic condo for $150 000 here but it is very basic. Your looking at somewhere around $220 000 or higher for a good one that doesn't have any carpet.



When we bought our house it was all carpet. We ripped it all out except in the two kids rooms (it was new anyhow). We put laminate on 3 of the 4 levels, with ceramic on the 2nd (entry and laundry). We have cushion flooring in the kitchen and ceramic in the 2nd bathroom on the 4th floor. I love our laminate! No problems with my boy learning to walk on it either. It is more durable than hardwood, it doesn't dent as easily, which is great with the toys that get tossed around and it doesn't heave as bad if water is spilt (still have to get to it ASAP but won't hurt if it sits a bit). Yes, you can see the dog fur and dirt more but it conveniently collects to the perimeter of the rooms and is not difficult to vacuum up. I like knowing when I vacuum it is clean, unlike carpet.



We will put real hardwood in when my boy is grown a bit and out of the throw toys and sippy cups around stage. ;)



When living in an apt we had a flee infestation (thanks to my lovely neighbours cats!). I doubt they ever got rid of it, they were living in the carpet and multiplying... ewwwwww

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 02/21/2012

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Again: Bathtubs and showers are also made from harmful chemicals. Maybe we should try and ban those as well.



I agree with Johnny- good luck finding affordable rental apartments that don't have carpeting. My rent is 910$ a month and we have carpets in all the units. I guess if I wanted to actually purchase an apartment here where the price would start at 149,900 (excluding HST and more than what my parents pay for a 4 bedroom 2.5 bath house) I could try and talk DH into it.

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"I'm sure if it was that unhealthy they wouldn't sell it anymore."



LOL at that comment. You do know you can still sell asbestos and cigarettes in America despite the known dangers of both products, right? I wouldn't count the availability of a product as having any bearing on its safety.

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Carpet traps all that dust, dirt and gunk that shows up on wood floors. With wood floors, you can mop, sweep or vacuum it up. Wood floors don't off-gas flame-retardents and other toxic chemicals. I don't want my children and babies breathing in the crap that comes up from a carpeted floor. Wood floors are permanent -- they are a life-long investment in the home. They can easily be sanded down and refinished if they are damaged. Carpet is disposable and has to be replaced frequently.



I would never install carpet in any home. Wood floors or tile are the only way to go IMHO.

Bonnie - posted on 02/21/2012

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I use to like carpet better because almost every place my parents had has carpet. It keeps your feet warmer in the winter. The place they are in now and have been for the past 9 years has carpet everywhere except for the bathrooms and kitchen. All my mother ever does is complain. No matter how many times my dad shampoos them they still look stained in some areas.



I have lived in two different places with my husband and all we have ever had is floor throughout the house. I prefer this more now because I can always see where the dirt and spills are. The only thing I don't really care for is just that, it doesn't hide things like carpet does and I feel like I always have to have slippers on my feet in the fall and winter because the floor is cold.

Johnny - posted on 02/20/2012

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"I would never rent a unit with carpet. There are plenty of places out there to rent which do not have carpet. If I were to walk into a unit that had carpet, I would walk right out."



Interesting. Aside from 400 sq ft downtown rental condos that only fit one person, you can not find almost any un-carpeted rental accommodation here. I lived in one for 4 years, but otherwise, every other rental I've had, including two brand new condos, had carpets. I can not think of one person I know who is renting outside the micro-condo/studio market that has wood floors. Outside the downtown, I'd even say the majority of condos we've looked at and visited friends in are carpeted. Many condo boards here for non-concrete buildings ban the installation of hardwood or laminate flooring because of noise.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 02/20/2012

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It doesn't seem to bother my FIL though. Hopefully your dad is different.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 02/20/2012

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Yeah. Just tell him he's smoking the same ingrediants that went in to making his bathtub and they require people who work with those chemicals to wear masks.

**Jackie** - posted on 02/20/2012

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I've been trying to get my dad to quit ever since I had my daughter. Maybe I'll tell him about this whole bathtub thing lol. Thanks for the info! We are totally off topic.



I have to say, I said I love carpet in my first post. My husband and I just had a conversation over dinner about getting rid of it. We have only had it for a few months and I am very good at not letting it get stained but I'm seriously itching while reading these comments. It is kinda of gross to think of.



Thanks for the info ladies!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 02/20/2012

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My FIL doesn't wear the mask he's supposed to half the time because he figures since he already has been smoking for the same chemicals he's working with for the past 30 odd years (I think my FIL is 50 which is 10 years younger than my dad, but MY dad looks younger) why should he bother.



But it is funny to think of someone smoking a bathtub- or shower.

**Jackie** - posted on 02/20/2012

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WHAT!??! I don't know what is worse.....knowing your bathtub may be toxic or knowing that when I see my dad smoke...it's like he's smoking a bath tub

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 02/20/2012

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Hey bathtubs are made with a lot of the same ingrediants in cigarettes. I should know, my FIL makes them for Kohler. :)



We have carpet in the apartment here in BC, same with my apartment in TX. But the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room are all tile.



My MIL has pergo wood flooring in her home (except for her bedroom which has carpet and the kitchen which has tile) it's nice looking but her home is always cold so my feet freeze during the winter unless I have socks on. The same with my parents' family room in the winter.



I like carpet also because it's more padding if a new walker falls. And there's more traction as well.

Lady Heather - posted on 02/20/2012

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Eeeww. Rental carpet. I had some one time (beggars can't be choosers). My roommate spilled some red wine on it. We start frantically cleaning. Ended up with a nice clean white bit on a dingy old carpet that was supposedly professionally cleaned a month prior. Vomit.

Merry - posted on 02/20/2012

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Our unit had new carpet when we moved in. Here in WI any pet friendly units have to replace carpet between tenants.

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I would never rent a unit with carpet. There are plenty of places out there to rent which do not have carpet. If I were to walk into a unit that had carpet, I would walk right out. Not only is your own dirt and allergens going to be in there, but so are the last decade's tenant's dirt and allergens.



I have yet to see an apartment unit in the city I live in over the last two decades that has carpet. It really limits the people who will rent it.



I mean, I even find it gross when hotels have carpet. I never walk barefoot in them...who knows what is deep in that rug. Yucky!



That being said, I have allergies. I'm allergic to cats, dust, mold and carpet has always been a no go for me.



I guess if I didn't have allergies it might be nice, but with pets and toddlers...I still don't think so.



I don't think it'll kill you are anything though, that's a bit of fear mongering.

Jodi - posted on 02/20/2012

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That's not at all what I meant by it! I don't think you're actually harming your kids. There's tons of things in this world that aren't good for you (or our kids), but not being good for you, and harming you, two worlds apart!

Merry - posted on 02/20/2012

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Yeah I totally didn't think that sentence through Jodi :)

But in all seriousness I feel defensive now.

We live here. We can't move. There's carpet. And I love it.

I don't like the idea that I'm harming my kids by living here.

Jodi - posted on 02/20/2012

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On second thought, I suppose if you live with your windows a lot, car fumes would have a pretty big impact on your home air quality...

Jodi - posted on 02/20/2012

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"I'm sure if it was that unhealthy they wouldn't sell it anymore. "



Ok, at the risk of sounding like a bi**h, that made me laugh out loud for real! If it's lucrative enough, they'll sell it. Cigs? Alcohol? products with known carcinogens? They make money, even though they're incredibly unhealthy, even downright dangerous, but they still sell them.



And, she said home pollution. As in reference to the air inside your home. Unless you're driving your car into your house, not the same kind of pollution!



Lastly, I don't know whos homes you've been in, but I don't have dirt underfeet. I sweep twice day and any messes, our floor is pretty clean. No dirt to wipe off my feet. But, if you're going to eat crackers...yeah, you'll get crumbs, which is why ALL snacks take place at the table in my house!

Amanda - posted on 02/20/2012

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Carpet is very unhealthy to live with. Like you said animal hair and human hair stay in the carpet (even when vaccumed), it also holds dirt, dustmits and other gross things. Even with no allergies in a household this is not healthy for ones breathing. Carpets are a major causes to air pollution within a home. Dont even get me started on the chemicals used in Carpet cleaners, while children are crawling and playing down in those chemicals.



Im a hardwood girl any day, if you want soft then buy an area rug you can vaccum and pat out. Easy to replace when a child has stained it to much.

Stifler's - posted on 02/20/2012

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My friends house has this weird velvety looking "tile" in the kitchen. I'ts fabric. I do not know why anyone would do that.

Johnny - posted on 02/19/2012

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I also love my bathroom lino. It looks and feels like tile, but it's warmer. I am hesitant to redo my bathroom vanity because it's not in too bad shape and I'm afraid I won't be able to find the same awesome lino to replace it.

Johnny - posted on 02/19/2012

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I like wood in the "public" areas and carpet in the bedroom. I don't want to get up in the morning to a cold floor or slip on a rug in the middle of the night, but I like wood a lot. I lived with hardwood floors almost all my life until moving here 6 years ago. We do plan to replace the carpet on our main floor with wood when it wears out. Our basement (rec room and foyer) is wood now.

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It may be "under" the carpet, but it still gets to us! No matter how hard we try to prevent it, the dirt is still there.



I have wood floor or tile in every room. I never feel dirt under my feet. I sweep once or twice a day.

Krista - posted on 02/19/2012

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And that's why rugs are so great. You can actually flip them up to clean underneath them. :)

Merry - posted on 02/19/2012

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Well it is as I assumed and I'm in the minority :)

I get that carpet harbors allergens but we don't suffer from allergies so it doesn't really bother me.

I'm sure it's gross underneath but it's not hurting us any.

And when we buy a home I'll look into a hard floor as opposed to carpet but I can't say I'm dead set against carpet.

We spend a lot, A LOT of time on the floor and honestly I couldn't imagine having a hard wood floor in the living room or in the bed rooms. Just would feel wrong.

And I hate the feeling of dirt and stuff under my feet.

Corinne - posted on 02/19/2012

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We're in rented accomodation and there's carpet everywhere but the kitchen and bathroom. Drives me nuts! Today I spent the entire day cleaning my daughters room, it is rank. We moved in in May and the carpet is stained and nasty and she's going through a hair pulling phase again - omg! How much hair was stuck in the carpet? Blech!

The house we rented previously had carpet in the kitchen and bathroom and it reeked. Hate, hate, hate it.

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I have environmental allergies. Carpet is horrible for them. No matter how much i tried to keep them clean so my allergies wouldn't react, it just wouldn't work. I think its cleaner for a baby to chill on a wood floor because you see the dirt and remove it before putting the baby down. Carpet is cushion, I get that, but its really dirty. I would never move into a place with carpet.

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Laura, you said, "I guess maybe when my kids are older I'd like wood floors but when they're babies laying on the floor, crawling through crap on the floor is just nasty." The thing is that with carpet, your babies are still crawling through crap on the floor....you just don't see it on/in carpet like you do on a tile or wood floor. If I had my way, I'd have wood floors everywhere. When you clean a wood (or tile) floor, you actually SEE that it's clean. When you vacuum or even shampoo a carpet, what you DON'T see is what's scary. Dust, mites, pet dander.....no amount of vacuuming can get it all out of your carpet.



Also, the house we had before here had carpet in the kitchen and bathrooms and it....was......GROSS.

Krista - posted on 02/19/2012

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Urgh...carpet in the bathroom and kitchen? That is seriously gross. Blech!!!!



My MIL has cork floors, Janice. They're actually really nice. They're softer underfoot than hardwood, and are really good at insulating noise, and they're not cold. They'd be great for upstairs. I wouldn't use them in a room where you can get large water spills, like a bathroom or kitchen, as they can soak up water. (You just damp-mop them -- don't saturate them.)



Cork is a fair bit more durable than you'd think, too. My MIL had two dogs who would run around like lunatics, but I never noticed any gouges in the floor. Mild scratches just sort of blend in, due to the mottled appearance of the cork.



When we someday upgrade from our laminate, I wouldn't mind cork upstairs. It's nice.

Janice - posted on 02/19/2012

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My mother's aptartment is wall to wall office/industrial carpet, including the kitchen and bath. It is so gross. Its a lower level (semi-basement) apt. so I'm guessing the owners thought is would be warmer but its terrible.



I love the linoleum in my apt. It looks like tile but isnt as hard and its color variations hides dirt which is great if I dont have time to mop ;) I would definitely choose in a home I owned too.



Anyone have or know of someone with cork floors? I've seen it on design shows and it seems pretty awesome - easy to clean and on the feet.

Jenni - posted on 02/19/2012

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I have seen houses with carpet in the bathroom. That is just plain *wrong*. I never understood that. We have a bathmat and that gets yucky and smelly when the kids splash lots of water on it. But at least it's easy to take out and throw in the washer. Eww. and all the pee from the boys that miss the toilet!



I've never heard of carpet in a kitchen. But considering that is by far the messiest place in the house, the most spills. I can't see it being a good thing.

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This thread has reminded me of the cottage we rented when living in Wales. It was beautiful, lovely stone house on a hill, perfect in every way except.... carpets in every room. I mean EVERY room, including bathroom and kitchen. Disgusting, it was old and stained too. We ended up staying longer than planned. In hindsight I should have offered to put lino in the kitchen and bathroom when we moved in, I'm sure the landlord wouldn't have minded and it wouldn't have cost much.

Jenni - posted on 02/19/2012

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Also, think when your kids spill milk or something on the carpet. You immediately soak it up with a towel, use some cleaner on what you can see. Scrub for about 5 mins. But the rest seeps under your carpet to the floor underneath and festers there. Even a Shamwow! can't reach that stuff. Yuk.



With hardwood you just grab a sponge wipe it up and it's gone. Nothing escapes your reach.

**Jackie** - posted on 02/19/2012

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My daughter isn't old enough to be messy yet and I don't have animals...you ladies have definitely given me something to think about down the road! Oh and I'm sure my husband would thank you if he could because he loves our hardwood floors and wants them back (we have had carpet for a few months now). I mean I have to say...our hardwood is gorgeous but when my daughter started walked at 9 months and 2 weeks we got carpet because she was stumbling.

Stifler's - posted on 02/19/2012

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I have to vacuum all the time and I'm always spot cleaning it. I'd rather have wood and sweep it every day.

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I love wood. It's much easier on your feet than carpet or tiles especially sprung wood floors. I grew up with wood in every house we lived in and now I live in a house which is all carpet, even the dining room except obvious areas like the bathroom and kitchen and it drives me nuts.

Lady Heather - posted on 02/18/2012

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Dude. Animal hair might look like it stays on the surface of carpet but the dander and dust gets all in there. Omg. Carpet effing disgusts me. When I see how much crap is on my laminate that I never saw on the carpet...eww. Anyways, case in point: We had carpet, I had constant allergic reactions. We got rid of the carpet, bye bye allergic reactions. There's a reason why people with allergies are told to not have carpet and the reason is that carpet is a cesspool of filth.



You might say I have strong feelings on the subject of flooring.

Vicki - posted on 02/18/2012

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We have tiles in the kitchen, dining, hall and bathroom areas, and carpet in the bedroom and carpet in the bedrooms and loungeroom. The carpets are old but we can't really afford to replace them yet. Not sure what I would choose. I love wood but... we live in a log cabin. The walls are wood, the ceiling is wood. If the floor was wood I think it would be a bit too much on the eyes! Maybe lino or just a really really hardwearing carpet with next to no pile. Or even just get the concrete polished.

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Laura, for when you go somewhere with hardwood floors, or even tiles or linoleum, they make a special sock/shoe called rubberroos or something. I have a couple pairs for each of my girls and they're GREAT. They have a soft rubber grippy bottom, but the tops and ankles are all socklike. They're pretty adept at walking by now, so they're fine barefoot or even with normal socks. But the Rubberroos saved us!



Also, I'd much rather deal with visible dirt I can see on hardwood floors, than nasty stains and dirt and just plain old gross stuff that I can't see! Seriously, I didn't think it was as bad as it is until I ripped up our carpet. *shudder*



lol, carpets are nice for being soft and cozy and what not, but uck! Area rugs do the same thing but are much easier to clean, I take ours outside on our deck every couple of weeks and beat it out with a broom. Even that's nasty!!! lol

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