15A NCAC 18A .2824      FLOORS

(a)  In child care centers, floors and floor coverings of all food preparation, food storage, utensil‑washing areas, toilet rooms, and laundry areas shall be constructed of nonabsorbent, easily cleanable material. 

(b)  Floors and floor coverings of all sleeping and play areas shall be constructed of easily cleanable materials.

(c)  Carpeting used as a floor covering shall be of closely woven construction, properly installed, and easily cleanable.  Carpeted floors shall be vacuumed daily when children are not present in the room, except to clean up spills.  Instead of waiting for children to leave the room, a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter vacuum cleaner may be used.  If used for this purpose, a HEPA vacuum cleaner shall include a HEPA filter individually tested and rated as 99.97% efficient at 0.3 micron dust particle size and sealed to prevent leakage around connecting points.  Vacuum bags shall be changed and vacuums shall be emptied when children are not present in the room.  The vacuum cleaner shall be in good repair.  Wall to wall carpets shall be cleaned using extraction methods at least once each six months.  Cleaning materials including surfactants, solvents and water shall be removed from the carpet before the space is reoccupied.  When hot water extraction is used, carpet shall be completely dry within 12 hours of cleaning. 

(d)  Floors in areas accessible to children, shall be free of peeling, flaking or otherwise deteriorating paint.

(e)  All floors and floor coverings shall be kept clean and maintained in good repair.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 110‑91;

Eff. July 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2006; April 1, 1999; February 1, 1995; July 23, 1992.