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Has anyone used those puzzle mats for a full floor? We are doing some renovations and one of the rooms is becoming a play room.. when we cut the hot water heat pipe water kept coming and coming.. the carpet got soaked! Now there is a nasty stank! I used the carpet cleaner with vinegar, borax and essential oil solution but the smell is still there, so I think we're gonna have to ditch the carpet! I'd rather not buy new carpet, with it's toxicness (is that even a word?) and new carpet smell! And I don't want hard wood or tile for a playroom.. there is a concrete slab under the carpet so there is no cushion for falls.<br>
Anyway, does anyone have experience with these mats? Are they easy to clean? I read somewhere that you can vacuum them! Also any other playroom ideas would be fantastic! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've not used them for a playroom floor but we have some for our playgroup to put over the wooden floor. They are quite nice for the little ones just learning to sit/crawl etc as they make a pretty soft landing. They also seem pretty easy to clean, we just wipe with a damp cloth at the end of each session.<br><br>
They did have that "new plastic" smell when we first opened them, I think I would try and air them our before fitting them as the only flooring.<br><br>
Also I would try and feel them before you buy, we have two types, one form a toy shop which are made of quite soft foam and I don't think would stand up to everyday flooring use. The others are from a DIY store and are much firmer.<br><br>
Finally if you take them up for any reason be sure to store them flat, they seem to bend fairly easily and then don't fit together properly.
 

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We covered our kitchen/living area in our small apartment a couple years ago with those mats (the ones we got are the Step2 brand, good quality and cushiony). They do do the trick, and are easy to wipe clean. The only problem we had with them is that ds would pick them up and bite them, and I was afraid pieces would come off in his mouth. Not sure if he ever did bite pieces off though.
 

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We have some of those that are large and interlocking, with interlocking edges (I think they are all that way). They're soft and durable, but it does drive me crazy that ds can take them apart, or take the edges off. We used to have the alphabet and number squares, but donated them bc of how easily they come apart and how lost the pieces get! But maybe that's just me.
 

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We used those to cover our screened in porch's concrete floor (and they are AWESOME!) I didn't buy the puzzle pieces, tho, they were more expensive, I just got the colored ones (and some grey b/c they didn't have enough in the store to cover the whole porch!)<br><br>
We can even vacuum them with the Dyson (and that's a LOT of suction!). They mop up pretty well, tho there are some stains from me not cleaning them often enough (porch = dust plus we eat dinner out there a lot).
 

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Thanks everyone!! I just ripped the carpet out of that room! Called dh at work to warn him! hehehe<br>
I'm not planning to get the actual puzzle pc ones.. I just called them puzzle because they fit together... they would be solid. Sams club sells them for pretty cheap 20 bucks to do 33.5 sq feet!<br>
So, does it handle a lot of use well? The main bathroom in the house is right in the playroom. I'm glad to hear you can vacuum and mop it!!
 

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yep, we use them in the playroom, screened area, pool deck, etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The girls take them apart too, but it's no big deal. I sray them and wipe w/a towel, sweep and vacuum them. The only thing is, the dirt gets down underneath too so you have to take them up every now and then and clean the undersides.
 

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I have the sam's club ones in DS's room, and they have held up great. Easy to clean, and hard for him to pull apart at this point (I also have some smaller ones that have the alphabet in them, and they are a nightmare because he can pull them up and chew on them). They look really cute and are great for cushioning falls.
 

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we *used* to have those on the floor of dd's playroom. I say *used* to because I took them up after a few months, they drove me crazy.<br><br>
Yes they are soft-ish. but like a pp said, it drove me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: that dd was constantly pulling them up, pulling the middle out (like the letters, numbers, etc.) and I hated putting them back all the time. We had the kind with the letters/numbers/shapes that came out of the tile.<br><br>
And the real reason I pulled them up is because they were a pain in the you-know-where to clean. Couldn't really vacuum them because it would suction the tiles up off the floor... sweeping just put stuff in the cracks and crevices of them... wet-cleaning them was a huge pain too... they just never seemed to really dry, and the real problem was that they had little cracks/divots in them where crumbs/dirt/toddler grime collected.<br><br>
One day I just had enough and pulled them up. It's tile in there now, I went and got a really cheap carpet remnant and threw that in there, so if she gets it dirty, spills paint on it, whatever I don't really care.<br><br>
I'll say that it was really cute - we used the letters to spell out dd's name in the entrance to the playroom, and it was neat looking. but in the end I couldn't deal <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Obviously by "puzzle pieces one" I meant the ones with the alphabet/ numbers! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It sounds like you knew what I meant, tho <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I got mine at Lowes -- dood, I wish I'd known about the Sam's Club ones! That's a lot cheaper!!!<br><br>
We've only had ours since the spring, but I'd say they're holding up well.
 

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Hey everyone! I just wanted to say thanks for all the info! I bought 4 packs of the floor mats last night to cover my 10x12 room! Hooray!! I'm so excited! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Look at this stuff, too - how cool is this?<br><br><a href="http://www.skiphop.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=SH&Category_Code=HN&Product_Code=242000" target="_blank">SkipHop New PLAYSPOT Floors</a>
 

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those are awesome!! now to convince DH...
 

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I see that you already bought yours-- we have the ones from Sam's club over our very hard kitchen floor. The only complaints I have are that it's a bit of a pain when something liquid spills in the cracks, and that they've got that bumpy surface, so you can't swiffer them. Also, I was shocked at how badly ours smelled when I first openened the packages. I actually laid them all out in an extra room at my parents' house for a couple of weeks before I'd put them down at our palce, just because I didn't want dd breathing in those fumes. Now that they're in we love them (almost a year now)-- they are an awesome cushion and the bright colors are pretty cute, too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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