As the base of the home, the floor is one of the key components of interior design that’s both practical and beautiful. To make good use of it, and turn it into a great long-term investment, besides being aesthetically pleasing, it should treat you to comfort, insulation, ease of cleanliness, and durability.
Working on so many homes over the years, I’ve always shared a piece of advice with my clients: if you want to spend your money on a makeover that would truly make a difference in your home’s appeal and value, start with quality flooring. Though the options are versatile nowadays, knowing many of us are after affordability as much as the rest of the properties I’ve already covered, my primary recommendation would be vinyl.
Why I Love Vinyl
The latest addition to my home was my beautifully engineered luxury vinyl tile for kitchen floor that I grow to love more each day. I especially love the fact they go so well with my classy cross back chairs, but that’s not all there is to these tiles – in an environment such as the kitchen and dining area where you’re handling food, you need floors that make it piece of cake to remove any spills or stains you get.
In this aspect, they’re an ideal pick for families with little kids and pets who tend to easily mess things up. Speaking of these two, let’s not overlook the fact they tend to scratch the floors as well, which is yet another reason to count on vinyl and its scratch resistance.
Want to hear of another reason? Vinyl is truly amazing as you can find it in all sorts of designs, not only classic but modern too and best of all is it can mimic the looks of other types of flooring, be it wood, stone or ceramic. Choosing from a wide range of patterns and textures, you can give your home a customised look effortlessly, and moreover, without spending a fortune on it.
Besides vinyl tile for kitchen floor, you also have sheets and planks which gives you the kind of flexibility required to create your unique flooring arrangements. Of course, apart from the kitchen, you’re more than welcome to introduce it in other rooms, including the bathroom as it stands well in humid conditions.
As long as installed properly, you won’t have to worry about any humidity issues with the seams or mould that grows underneath. What more could you ask for really?! As it’s been around for decades, it’s safe to say it’s evolved a lot over the years. What I personally find to be a great advantage now is the aspect of health as well since this type of flooring meets strict standards for indoor air quality which wasn’t always the case.
Caring for My Vinyl Tile Floor
Even though resistant to spills, the kitchen floor tiles are best cared for when the spills and food messes are cleaned up as soon as possible. If this happens on a daily basis in your household, then yes, the bad news is you’re going to have to get used to daily cleaning.
In mine it doesn’t happen that often but I still got in the habit of regularly cleaning the floor to remove dust and dirt. This way, I’m convinced I’m doing my best to prolong the lifespan of my beautiful floor, plus avoid causing allergic reactions from such build-up. Not to mention, this is a good strategy that helps prevent future damages from grit. Though I clean with a cloth, you could make things less high-maintenance if you choose to use a vacuum cleaner instead.
If damage is your concern, besides the daily maintenance, I suggest you add a nice cover in the form of designer rugs – especially helpful at high traffic areas. Now, when it comes to giving the vinyl tile for the kitchen floor thorough clean-up on a weekly basis, I use a mixture of warm water with mild soap. Hot water isn’t recommended as it would also lead to damage, so steaming isn’t an option.
As for the cleaning tool, instead of a mop, again I choose microfibre cloths that come in handy with giving the tiles a good scrub and buff away the scuff. An extra benefit is the flooring doesn’t get that much moisture that would worry me about making its way through the seams and causing any warping. Once done with the chores, remember to clean the cleaning tools!
If you find yourself in a sticky situation, such as that of having to remove gum from the precious vinyl floor, or any stubborn stains or paint, instead of trying to scrub them yourself with all your strength, you should play it safe by letting professionals take over. This way you won’t put the floor more at risk of scratches and you’d have the stains gone in no time.