Schools almost out for summer.

Schools almost out for summer… and if you’re a parent you know what that means: more mess. From spilt drinks and water fights to dirt traipsed in from the garden, not to mention artistic endeavours involving paint, crayons and glitter, our homes take a beating during the summer months when the kids (plus pets and countless friends) are playing all day, and flooring usually bears the brunt of it. So, is there any way to guard against wear and tear? And make clearing up after your little ones easier?

Google ‘best flooring for playrooms’ and you’ll find vinyl invariably comes top of the list, for several important reasons. Number one, it’s durable and stands up well to heavy traffic. It’s also water- and stain-resistant, and a cinch to keep clean, requiring just vacuuming and the occasional damp mopping to look its best. Because it’s cushioned it feels softer underfoot than tiles or wood, and as there are no cracks or carpet fibres for dirt to hide in, it’s a hygienic choice. Throw in sound-proofing qualities and great value for money, and it’s easy to see why vinyl has no real competition in the playroom flooring stakes.

Avenue flooring is a practical – as well as fabulous looking – flooring solution in is any setting, but when it comes to kids’ rooms, it really comes into its own. With over 90 dramatically different designs in our portfolio you’re guaranteed to find a style that works for the whole family, whether you want a fun space that fires your kids’ imaginations (check out our playful stripedand bold geometriclooks), or a classic wood-effect or stone-look floor that can adapt as your children grow. Our beautiful Pamera herringbonefrom our Ultimate Timber PU Collection, for example, makes a hardwearing, easy-clean playroom choice, but will look sophisticated when the time comes to turn the space into a teenage hang-out, TV snug, study or guest bedroom – and with a 15-year warranty, it’s a fantastic long-term investment. Until then, you can dish out the ice creams without worrying. Have a fantastic summer!