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Your thoughts on the solid surface flooring vs carpet debate

July 29, 2009
by Kevin Kolus
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In deciding between carpet and solid surface flooring for my facility, I would:


- [Solid surface flooring] is not only easier to clean and maintain, it’s easier for wheel chair bound resident to maneuver on and is less of a tripping hazard for residents that shuffle when they walk.

- With today’s carpet options, moisture barriers, antimicrobials, antifungal, etc., carpet is a good choice.

- [Solid surface flooring] contains less allergens and easier to keep dust mites at bay.

- The type of flooring used would be dependent upon the particular area in my community. For example, I used to have carpet in our secured Alzheimer’s unit. However, due to residents constantly urinating/defecating on the floor (due to limited cognitive abilities), we finally switched to tile with a non-skid surface. Over time the carpet/padding held the urine smell no matter how much it was cleaned.

- While we have carpeting throughout the majority of our facility, we also utilize solid surface flooring for areas such as dining and bathing.

- [Solid surface flooring] cuts down on respiratory infections of staff and residents.

Where do you stand on this polarizing argument? Add your comments to the box below.

Kevin Kolus

Kevin Kolus


Kevin Kolus wrote for Long-Term Living when he was an editor. He left the brand in 2012...