When it comes to choosing a material for your floor you will ideally be wanting something that is able to stand the wear and tear of your everyday life. This is especially important in the rooms that experience that bit more traffic. In all cases, your floor should be easily maintained and stand the test of time. So, lets take a look at which floors require the least attention when it comes to maintenance.
Solid wood Flooring
Solid wood is most homeowners favourite. Its natural looks brings a gorgeous, natural feel to a house which brings a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. In terms of day to day maintenance, solid wood floors just need to be swept and or vacuumed to get up any of that dust and or dirt that may have collected.
Of course, you will need to mop every now and then. It’s important to make sure the mop is just damp and not dripping as any standing water could cause damage to the floor. Being a natural product, try to avoid using and harsh cleaning agents. Every 10 years or so, re-sand and re-finish your floor to keep it looking as good as new.
A less expensive alternative to solid wood, laminate floors are totally synthetic which makes them even easier still to care for it. As with a solid wood, a sweep and a vacuum are essential just to seep the floor generally clean and looking nice. These floors are made from layers that stop moisture penetration and this paired with the wear layer really helps to stop this floor from becoming damaged from liquid or surface scratches.
If the floor unfortunately gets damaged you will have to replace it. For this reason, it is a good idea to choose a Quick-Sep laminate flooring. These laminates are sold in boards that can be easily taken up and put down meaning if one plank becomes damaged, you will only need to replace the imperfect one.
Finally, the most budget friendly option, vinyl is made of PVC and other synthetic materials. These materials help to make the floor more durable and totally resistant to water. Because of this, you can use water to clean the floor. Be careful when using chemical products though, as they could cause the design to fade. The main advantage of a vinyl floor is that it is one of the most hygienic floors, and usually recommended in houses with people living with allergies. While a vinyl won’t live anywhere near as long as a solid wood for example, it offers you that water resistance and ease of installation, so its important to consider both the positives and negative of both.
As you can see, you can find many different floors at different prices that can still offer you that low maintenance. As much as we wish it, nothing in maintenance free, but any of these floors will get you as close as possible and will definitely cut back your cleaning time in comparison to a carpet for example.