With so many flooring types available these days it’s quite difficult to know which flooring is right for your home. But one of the biggest questions we get asked at our Creative Flooring showroom is “Which type of flooring is the easiest to keep clean and maintain?” and it’s a good question because it is important to think about the practical side of your purchase too.
There are lots of scenarios where this question can come into play. For example:
- if you are letting out your property then it might be unwise to choose a type of flooring which is luxurious but not very durable as you might have to replace it when your tenant leaves the property
- it could be that you have young children who tend to make a mess, or you have cats and dogs that you fear may scratch your flooring
- maybe you have health issues which means that you can’t clean your flooring as often as you would like
- or perhaps you just aren’t a big fan of cleaning
Luckily, there are options available when it comes to low-maintenance flooring.
Wooden flooring is a timeless choice and one of the most popular choices for flooring in our homes. Wooden flooring these days is available as engineered wood which is made up of layers of ply topped with a layer of solid wood giving it the same appearance. It’s a favourite with homeowners as it goes with almost any style of home or decor.
In terms of keeping wooden flooring clean there isn’t a whole lot of upkeep to do, at least in the short term. Any spills can be easily wiped up and any dust or dirt can be easily swept or vacuumed away. This makes wooden flooring a really durable option. However, you should bear in mind that over time dirt, oil and grime can easily build up on wooden flooring and scratches can occur if grit is brought into the home underfoot. But this is something that can easily be fixed if and when it is required.
Ceramin flooring is a relatively new addition to the flooring catalogue but it is probably one of the most versatile types of flooring there is. It is a waterproof floor so it’s easy to clean and maintain. It’s also very durable because of how it is made which makes it perfect for those high traffic and wet areas. It’s warm underfoot, hygienic and ecological for children’s rooms and bedrooms whilst being elegant and classy in kitchens and living areas.
In terms of cleaning ease, ceramin is waterproof so it has a protective layer which acts as a barrier to stains and spills. It is also a great option for key areas that might get quite dirty or wet. Simply sweep with a brush and then run a mop over it – simple.
Laminate flooring is another good choice for people who want something that imitates wood but is more durable, lower maintenance and more cost effective. Laminate is an excellent choice as it tends to be made up of 3 layers: a HDF or MDF backing which provides strength, a photograph layer which imitates style or design and then a protective wear layer which makes it durable against scratches.
There is lots of variation available with laminate flooring and you may find that the prices can vary dramatically. The best laminate flooring will come with a 10 year warranty which is testament to how confident the manufacturer is of its durability. As for the day to day cleaning of laminate flooring, it is similar to ceramin flooring in that you just need to give it a vacuum and a mop. But, be careful about how much water you use on laminate flooring – it should be able to dry up again within just a couple of minutes of mopping.
And then we come to carpet. Carpet is often viewed as the traditional choice for a home especially in bedrooms and living spaces. Not only is it available in a huge range of different colours and textures, but it is also incredibly comfortable underfoot and holds in heat. Another key benefit to carpeted flooring is that it is cushioned which provides some protection in the event of a fall, protecting knees, elbows and ankles from unforgiving hard surfaces. To keep carpet clean you need to regularly vacuum the floor and get it cleaned professionally every few years.
Finally, we talk about another option that is becoming popular, cork. Cork floor tiles are a natural product that provide warmth, comfort, durability and softness under foot. They are the best natural insulator known, it will keep your house warm in winter and cool in summer. Cork has come along way in recent years offering the customer a wide range of colours to match their home. To keep them clean simply use a brush or vacuum and because it is a polyurethane coated flooring any spills can be wiped up with a cloth.
If you’re unsure as to which type of flooring would be most suited to your needs then you should seek the advice from flooring professionals. Our team at Creative Flooring can help you to find exactly the right product, talking you through the pros and cons and allowing you to get an idea of how it might look and feel inside your home. If you would like advice on picking out a suitable floor, then please visit us at our showroom on Diana Drive or call us now on 09 440 9625.