Your thoughts on the solid surface flooring vs carpet debate

July 28, 2009

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.