What are the most child and pet friendly flooring options?

Ultimately the most popular flooring option when it comes to customers with kids and pets is vinyl. It’s waterproof, scratch-resistant, textured for non-slip traction and is well priced so you don’t have to rest on pins and needles each time your loved ones let loose. Vinyl flooring also allows the convenience of replacing panels should major damage occur quickly and easily.

Vinyl is available in a huge range of colours and styles and is easy to care for long-term.

If you are still not sold on vinyl here are some other factors to keep in mind when making a choice that will meet your needs.


When it comes to a higher risk of wear and tear we suggest selecting from the harder timbers such as walnut, hickory, maple and oak. The harder timbers tend to all have a high density rating and are considered less likely to scratch compared to softer wood finishes.


When it comes to spill and mess risk most customers tend to avoid carpet however if you are keen to include this in your home regardless consider a low pile option that is easier to clean and care for. Ask for the stain resistance and pre-treated option to extend the life of your flooring.


Although laminate is similar to vinyl it tends to be made from 99% wood by-products which leaves it more open to chips and scratches. It is also typically not able to tolerate any moisture or it can warp or buckle.

TIP: You can also consider adding rugs or mats in high traffic zones to add an extra layer of protection.

As always – if you are in need of guidance or just someone to bounce your ideas and thoughts off, please reach out to the team at Blue Tongue Flooring – they have decades of experience and are happy to chat at any stage.

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