When choosing the best flooring options for a daycare center, owners have many considerations that play into their decision. Parents leave their little ones in the trust of the facility, and the children’s health and safety are a top priority.
As the child’s gross motor skills continue to develop, stumbles and falls are sure to happen. With that also comes spills, bathroom accidents and other messes that need to be quickly and effectively cleaned to ensure sanitary conditions for the children, as well as the staff. There are a variety of daycare flooring options to fit your needs!
While carpet used to be more popular because its soft touch is comforting and easier on falls, it has many shortcomings when it comes to liquid damage and sanitation. If the liquid is absorbed into the padding beneath, the threat of mold or other bacteria growth arises. Stains are also more prominent and don’t present well to parents dropping off their kids or to new parents who are considering your facility. It is true that water-resistant carpets and regular steam-cleaning can address these issues; however, we think there are better floor options that will check off more boxes of what you need for your daycare.
Synthetic Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is popular with daycares because it is virtually impossible to stain, and can be cleaned with any standard cleaning product without damage. Synthetic floors also have foam backing that provides shock absorbency, perfect for those just learning how to walk or run. They are also available in a variety of colors to match the decor of each classroom.
Sustainable Linoleum Flooring
Some customers are more hesitant toward vinyl flooring because they are looking for a product that is made from natural, sustainable materials and less likely to trigger any reactions of children who have allergies or respiratory sensitivities. Natural linoleum like Ecopure also has shock-absorbing foam backing to protect against injury during those inevitable trips and falls. It too is easy to clean, and its natural materials create a bacteriostatic effect that actually prevents bacteria from reproducing. Ecopure’s natural materials are not only certified to have less VOCs (volatile organic compounds) to improve air quality indoors, they are built with materials that contribute to greater sustainability. What’s more, it’s abrasive resistant, so you don’t have to worry about scratches and marks.
If you’re not sure what the best flooring is for your daycare, you can talk to a professional to see what will best meet the needs of your business, and your precious customers.