Whether it be your kitchen or bathroom, living room or bedroom, a new floor can really breathe new life into your space and give it a fresh look. So whether you’re after function or style, or both, check out these five popular flooring options and consider whether they’re right for you.
Fabulous floor tiles
Do you live in a warm climate? Looking for a flooring option for an area of your home that experiences heavy foot traffic? Floor tiles could be the solution you’re after. Ceramic and porcelain are the most common types, and if you’re on a budget, ceramic tiles are a good option. As they’re easy to cut and lay, they’re also great if you want to roll up your sleeves for a little DIY action.
Porcelain tiles are more dense and water-resistant than ceramic, and can be used indoors and out. Their durability makes them a great choice for hallways, kitchen and high-traffic areas.
How to care for floor tiles: Sweep tiles regularly using a soft broom. Wash floor tiles using a mop (or similar) and mild all-purpose, non-oil-based household cleaner, if necessary, that's also suitable for cleaning grout between tiles.
Who doesn’t love the feeling of deliciously soft carpet underfoot? Just bear in mind, the fluffier, the pricier! As well as adding warmth and comfort to your room, carpet is great for kids to sit and play on, can help with sound insulation and energy costs. A great choice for living rooms and bedrooms, grab a couple of colour swatches and see which one complements your room and furniture best. However, if you have pets or someone in your family suffers from allergies, carpet is best avoided.
How to care for carpet: Thorough and frequent vacuuming, particularly in the high traffic areas of your home, is important for prolonging the lifespan of your carpet and maintaining its appearance. Depending on the material (typically wool or synthetic) and usage, carpet should be professionally steam cleaned every 12-18 months to revitalise the look and feel of your carpet. Always check the specific care instructions for your chosen carpet.
Gotta love vinyl!
If you’re looking for a quick, easy, budget-friendly flooring option, vinyl is for you. It’s highly water-resistant, so no problems for kitchens, bathrooms and laundries, plus it comes in a wide range of colours and textures, so you’re bound to find the best fit for your home. And the best part? The rolls or tiles can be installed over the top of just about any floor type.
How to care for vinyl flooring: Sweep or vacuum vinyl flooring once a day and wipe up spills ASAP. To clean up dirt that your broom or vacuum can't take care of, use a mop dampened with warm water. Add a small amount of mild household cleaner to the mop bucket, if necessary.
Let’s talk laminate
Hardwearing, water-resistant and affordable, laminate flooring is extremely versatile and a great choice for any room at your place. It comes in a multitude of styles – from timber finishes, natural stone and ceramics, so the hardest decision you’ll have to make is what style suits your decor best.
How to care for laminate flooring: Use an electrostatic mop or vacuum with a soft brush or wood floor attachment for day-to-day cleaning. You can also use a slightly dampened mop for spot cleaning. On occasion, use a well-squeezed mop dampened with a laminate floor-cleaning product. Avoid soap-based detergents as they may leave a dull or slippery film on the surface of your laminate floor.
The natural beauty of a timber floor is hard to surpass. If you want to make a long-term investment, you won’t be disappointed by the durability of hardwood. Like a fine wine, its good looks improve with age, just as long as you give it a little TLC from time to time. A popular choice for living rooms, hallways, kitchens and open-plan living areas, try using rugs and runners to introduce a soft feel to your look.
How to care for hardwood flooring: To remove surface dirt and grit, regularly vacuum floors with a soft-bristle head or sweep with an electrostatic mop. For stubborn dirt, mop the floor using a very well wrung mop. Do not over wet the floor. Use a pH neutral floor cleaner to remove stubborn dirt, if necessary. Steam mops are not recommended for cleaning timber floors.