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    I think Carpet is a best option for flooring that's soft and comfortable under the feet . Carpet is also a natural insulator, can prevent slips, it absorb sound, and provides some extra cushioning for any accidental falls. These are all important things to keep in mind if you have small kids running about.
    Last edited by nationscons; 07-28-2016, 06:38 AM.

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    Iit is also full of dirt, germs, and alergerants,

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b03d8b7b9fa45e
    Your carpet is bacteria?s favorite playground.

    We don?t want to over-dramatize the situation, people. But the fact is your carpet is a hotbed of bacteria, pollen, dead skin and dust.
    Robin Wilson is an interior designer with a focus on hypoallergenic homes. She says that bringing outdoor debris inside can turn problematic, since you could unknowingly introduce pathogens that get trapped in your carpet.
    Imagine, for instance, if your dog steps in feces at the dog park and tracks it into your home. You could have illness-causing germs like e. Coli in your carpet without even knowing it. Pretty gross, right?
    Indeed, microbiology research published in 2001 found an average indoor carpet to be about 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat, with about 200,000 bacteria per square inch, Men?s Health reports. And THAT is certainly something to think about.
    But the main risk here isn?t bacterial infection... it?s allergies.

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    So THAT?S why you have the sniffles.

    Outdoor debris from clothing and shoes works deep into carpet fibers, creating a ?reservoir of allergens? that can adversely affect nearly 40 percent of Americans, the National Center for Healthy Housing notes.
    These allergens ? like pollen and dust ? can cause respiratory issues and wheezing when they get kicked into the air, Wilson says. While sniffles aren?t life-threatening, living in constant discomfort is certainly irksome.
    Then there are the thousands of dead human skin cells, which, when shed, become primary food for dust mites, according to the National Center For Healthy Housing. Carpets can also trap pet hair, which tickles the nose and is just plain gross. So what should you do about all this?
    Vacuuming is crucial ? but usually not enough.

    Vacuum your carpet at least weekly to keep critters under control, Wilson says. Every six months to a year, get it deep-cleaned with a professional service.
    Note the word ?professional? here. Numerous experts, including Wilson, stress that at-home carpet cleaning systems are NOT the way to go. They often leave a layer of moisture which Wilson refers to as ?mold central.? People who are allergic to mold can suffer from stuffed noses, irritated eyes, wheezing, or skin irritation, according to the CDC.

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    But you can hack your way to a good deal.

    If professional deep-cleaning sound like a financial burden, Wilson recommends waiting until your local cleaning service hosts a sale. Even if your carpet isn?t due for a cleaning, you can usually purchase the service at a sale rate and schedule your actual cleaning later, she says.
    Wilson recommends getting a deep clean during your spring cleaning routine, and another just before the holidays so your home will be ready for guests. Between appointments, be sure to vacuum weekly and use a hand-held vacuum on areas where pets tread every couple of days.
    This will ensure your home stays springtime fresh, ALL year long.
    Happy cleaning!
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    • #3
      carpet is full of dirt and germs and dander and pollen,

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b03d8b7b9fa45e
      Your carpet is bacteria?s favorite playground. We don?t want to over-dramatize the situation, people. But the fact is your carpet is a hotbed of bacteria, pollen, dead skin and dust.
      Robin Willson is an interior designer with a focus on hypoallergenic homes. She says that bringing outdoor debris inside can turn problematic, since you could unknowingly introduce pathogens that get trapped in your carpet.
      Imagine, for instance, if your dog steps in feces at the dog park and tracks it into your home. You could have illness-causing germs like e. Coli in your carpet without even knowing it. Pretty gross, right?
      Indeed, microbiology research published in 2001 found an average indoor carpet to be about 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat, with about 200,000 bacteria per square inch, Men?s Health reports. And THAT is certainly something to think about.
      But the main risk here isn?t bacterial infection... it?s allergies.

      So THAT?S why you have the sniffles. Outdoor debris from clothing and shoes works deep into carpet fibers, creating a "reservoir of allergens" that can adversely affect nearly 40 percent of Americans, the National Center for Healthy Housing notes.
      These allergens ? like pollen and dust ? can cause respiratory issues and wheezing when they get kicked into the air, Wilson says. While sniffles aren?t life-threatening, living in constant discomfort is certainly irksome.
      Then there are the thousands of dead human skin cells, which, when shed, become primary food for dust mitesaccording to the National Center For Healthy Housing. Carpets can also trap pet hair, which tickles the nose and is just plain gross. So what should you do about all this?
      Vacuuming is crucial ? but usually not enough.

      Vacuum your carpet at least weekly to keep critters under control, Wilson says. Every six months to a year, get it deep-cleaned with a professional service.
      Note the word ?professional? here. Numerous experts, including Wilson, stress that at-home carpet cleaning systems are NOT the way to go. They often leave a layer of moisture which Wilson refers to as ?mold central.? People who are allergic to mold can suffer from stuffed noses, irritated eyes, wheezing, or skin irritation, according to the CDC.

      Happy cleaning!

      Push sticks/blocks Save Fingers
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
      attributed to Samuel Johnson
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      PUBLIC NOTICE: Due to recent budget cuts, the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil...plus the current state of the economy............the light at the end of the tunnel, has been turned off.

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      • #4
        Well I think carpet is the worst possible flooring for all of the reasons BHD has posted above. I got rid of all the carpet in my home and replaced with hardwood/tile and much happier for it.

        But since the post addresses small children some of the points may be valid but to be countered by other issues such as hygiene. For example children have a tendency to stick things off the floor into their mouth. Would you rather have them do that off a clean hard surface or dirty carpet.

        So no I don't think carpet is the "best" option for flooring for small children.

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        • #5
          Forget the carpet, just wrap the kid in bubble wrap and you're good to go.
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          • #6
            I don't believe there is one right or wrong answer to that question.
            Diapers and Politicians need to be changed often... Usually for the same reason.

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            • #7
              Just send 'em outside, already.
              That way they can ingest fresh dirt,
              getting all those healthy probiotics,
              and developing an awesome immune system.
              And yeah, carpet sucks, especially in the bathroom.

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              • #8
                Carpet is soft and easy to clean.
                Want to know why are kids are sickly?
                No exposure to real life elements.

                What did we play in and with when we were kids?
                I spent my summers on the farm.
                Toughens up the immune system.

                Or there's the plastic bubble

                Of course we have to remember how often a baby falls and gets knocked in the head
                as they explore the world and their mobility.

                Carpet is going to save a lot of bumps and bruises.
                Last edited by fixitright; 08-10-2017, 01:11 PM. Reason: remembered how my kids explored

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                • #9
                  Carpet good for kids, but yeah, he is full of pests. If you clean it often, then I think everything will be in perfect order. It is soft, and you will not be afraid for the fact that they fall on the hard floor.

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                  • #10
                    Carpet is definitely not the option for you, it's very hard to clean it and very harmful for kids as well. Instead you can keep a small furry rug and tiles flooring below that.

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                    • #11
                      But if I send them outside, the bad man in the white van will come by and snatch them. Besides, I don't believe in inocculations, they cause all sorts of mental defects!!! AND, they will tramp dirt into my McMansion on my new white carpet that no one else in the neighborhood has!!!
                      "Just send 'em outside, already. That way they can ingest fresh dirt, getting all those healthy probiotics, and developing an awesome immune system."

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