Should you choose carpet or floorboards for your home?

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Choosing the right floor for your home doesn’t need to be a daunting task.

If you’ve narrowed your options down to a shortlist of carpets vs floorboards, rest easy knowing that you’re halfway there already.

Now you just need to make sure that your final choice aligns with your family’s lifestyle, budget, and personal tastes.

If you’re a homeowner with whom this predicament resonates, then continue reading. In this article, we give you a swift rundown on the pros and cons of carpets vs floorboards, so you’ll be able to pick a winner when it comes to choosing the right floor for you.

Cleanliness

This is a no-brainer for most homeowners. Typically, floorboards win out over carpets in the cleanliness department simply due to the fact that they are highly resistant to stains and spills.

If you’re a wine drinker, or have animals and kids that are likely to tromp mud through the house, you’re probably better off going with floorboards.

Carpet is much more absorbent than floorboards, meaning it is likely to soak up spills and stains (and potentially require professional cleaning in the future) whereas little accidents like these just wipe up off floorboards quicker than anything.

The same applies to the retention of dust and bacteria. Although a regular vacuum might visibly rid your carpet of dust and grime, it might secretly be harbouring dirt and a host of micro-bacteria that is invisible to the naked eye.

On the other hand, this is no problem for the mighty floorboard. A simple, steamy mop with an approved floor detergent will almost guarantee that your floors are no longer hiding fugitive microbes and microscopic nasties that can potentially make you and your children sick.

When it comes to cleanliness, floorboards score one up over carpet: 1-0.

Comfort

If you’ve ever gotten up in the middle of the night during winter and set your feet down on to floorboards, you’ll know that they can send a hypothermic chill up your legs.

While floorboards are definitely cleaner than carpet, carpet generally wins out in terms of comfort.

There are supple floorboards out there that are friendly underfoot, but homes with carpets will help you keep warm in the colder months and they generally feel much softer and more welcoming to the foot than floorboards do.

When it comes to the comfort department, carpets level the score…
 
 
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