The easiest flooring to clean

Putting love and care into cleaning your home is essential, but that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult, especially when it comes to the flooring you use in each room. The flooring experts at Amtico have helped create this short guide on choosing the easiest flooring to clean, so don’t be afraid to take a look if you’re struggling to keep your floors tidy.

Porcelain Flooring - The easiest flooring to clean

Porcelain

As a flooring material, real porcelain is extremely water-resistant. While it can be costly, they’re extremely easy to clean with water and cleaning agents, since liquid won’t seep into the material or leave permanent stains. As a flat, smooth surface, there’s no way for things small objects to get stuck in places where you can’t see them like in carpets.

However, many porcelain floors are manufactured as tiles with grooves between them, which can lead to bits of food getting stuck in them if you don’t clean them properly. Choosing tiles with wider, shallower grooves will usually avoid this problem. If mopping is too likely to drench them with water, try using a sponge to wipe down any dirty tiles quickly.

Thin carpet

Thinner carpets are much easier to clean than thicker ones since there’s less for food crumbs and dust to get trapped on. Getting them wet generally isn’t recommended, so water’s best kept for stains, but a vacuum cleaner should get rid of any small bits that you can’t easily see.

One of the biggest issues with carpets are smells – some can retain odours for a long time, especially if you wait until a stain has dried into the carpet before cleaning it. Dealing with them quickly will minimise the smell much faster than trying to remove it afterwards with odour removal sprays.

Engineered wood

Unlike regular wood, engineered wood can be used in most rooms in your home. This means that it can be exposed to all kinds of dirt and stains, and cleaning it usually best done with a mop. Leaving stones and grit on the floor while mopping can damage it so you might have to vacuum it up first, but engineered wood is perfectly smooth, so this would only take a minute at most.

Excessive water is the biggest threat to this kind of wood, especially if said water has cleaning chemicals in it. Drying it up quickly will avoid these issues, but letting it dry naturally can cause irreversible damage to the surface.

Vinyl tiles

Vinyl is relatively durable and often completely flat, so sweeping, and vacuuming can be an effective way of getting rid of dirt and dust. Although there are still cracks between tiles, they’re usually so small that only individual drops of water could get through so dirt and crumbs won’t get stuck beneath your floor.

Slow and less forceful techniques are the most reliable if you want to prevent scratches and damage to the adhesive, as mopping or washing the tiles can be risky. If you’re using it as bathroom or kitchen flooring, make sure you dry up any water as soon as you can.

Smooth Stone - The easiest flooring to clean

Smooth stone

There are quite a few types of natural stone flooring, but many of them can be cleaned in the exact same ways. Most spills can just be wiped away with a dry cloth or handkerchief the moment they happen, and dirt can just be brushed up or vacuumed without any real problems.

The biggest issue with natural stone is it’s vulnerability to cleaning products – some types of stone can start to dissolve under higher-strength acidic chemicals, and the material doesn’t do anything to absorb or nullify the chemicals, so anything that doesn’t evaporate will be left behind as a difficult-to-remove stain.

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