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    Carpet or hardwood?

    We need to replace the carpet in our living room which is the main room for my daycare. Would you put in carpet or hardwood? If carpet, what would you suggest putting in? Thanks

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    Hardwood! Easier to clean, doesn't trap things in its fibers. I have carpet in my upstairs currently, and this is the first time I've had it in years, and I just cannot tell you how much it grosses me out, especiallly with kids and a dog.

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    I have hardwood and I love it. I have a steam cleaner and love knowing the children are playing on clean floors! The downside is that it hurts when they fall down (I have mostly toddlers.)

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    Carpet NEVER! Love my hardwood

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    I have all carpet or tiling in my apartment but my Mom has beautiful hardwood floors that she loves. I have a gorgeous wooden dining room table which now has the 'distressed' look thanks to 5 years of daycare children eating on it. Do you think that would happed to hardwood floors?
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    Hmmm...that would be my thought to Momof4. All the dings from toys being dropped all the time. I think I'd have to say carpet, but I know that hardwood would be cleaner no matter how much you cleaned the carpets.

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    I have laminate in my daycare space and absolutely love it! Easy to clean, doesn't scratch easily...but I am not sure I would want it on my main floor as it doesn't look as elegant. However, we moved to our new house in August and we have beautiful new hardwood in our family room...the daycare kids don't play there, but just my own two little ones have already scratched and dinged it like crazy! If you do go with hardwood, I've been told that light colours hide the scratches better...mine is dark and already looks pretty bad!

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    We have laminated hardwood on the main level - there when we moved in and it looked wonderful but between constant washings and toys and chairs across it most of it - except under the area rugs - is very badly worn. My attitude rather than constantly be on the kids was more of a well when I am done with the kids I can redo the floors either refinish or replace. Maybe if I had been the one that laid them and paid for them I might have a very different attitude.

    We put carpet in the playroom for warmth and to pad the cement as I have infants and toddlers.

    Many that use the wood floors also put the foam mats on them to pad the area but that seems like a lot of expense and work and well instead of all that why not just put the foam mats down and then put in actual floors when you are done daycare. If this is the main floor you will want to have some areas off limits to the kids to protect the floors and then area rugs on the play areas to protect the floors as they won't stand up to cars and trucks and falling block towers no matter how careful you try to make everyone play.

    In the meantime there are vinyl laminate that will give the look of hardwood a little but be serviceable and then can be changed out when daycare is done.

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    We just built our house 3.5 years ago and my husband and I were at odds about what to put on the floors .... He wanted hardwood and I didn't. He's a boarder line germs phone and thinks carpets are gross and I said hardwood will look awful within weeks as we have three young kids and a dog. The daycare area is in the basement and we decided to put carpet down there for the warmth and ceramic tiling in the kitchen area, bathroom and entrance and upstairs we put carpeting in the bedrooms and porcelain tile in the kitchen and great room. I told him that carpeting is cheaper and easier to replace in ten years when the kids are older and if he wanted hardwood then then that's the time to do it. So far the carpeting still looks great but it has been steam cleaned once.

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    We invested in a commercial grade engineered hardwood in the playroom - it looks just like hardwood and goes down like hardwood but has a 25 year warrantee for scratches, dents, warping and so forth because it has a coating over it for protection .... so far so good and easy to clean for sure - I use the Enjo floor system on it takes like 5 minutes to sweep and mop it
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