Hate to Clean? These Four Diverse Flooring Materials Are Perfect For You

Nobody likes to spend time cleaning the floor, but certain homeowners view 'easy to clean' as the number one attribute that their flooring can possess. Luckily enough, there are plenty of options from which they can select.

1. Hardwood

Hardwood flooring planks are made from one single piece of timber, with oak, hickory, pine, and walnut all being popular choices. It is probably the oldest of all flooring materials, and is extremely easy to clean since dirt and water cannot penetrate it; you can even treat it with a stain-resistant varnish.

Hardwood is a great choice for people who hate to clean but still want to foster an upscale appearance in their home. Of course, it is quite a costly option, so best to lay it down only if you'll be in the home for a while.

2. Composite Wood

Composite wood is made with a veneer of hardwood on top of several processed layers, so it possesses the same kind of qualities as hardwood. As with both options, just a quick brush will see your cleaning done for the week. In fact, it's actually more resilient to moisture than hardwood, and it usually comes pre-laminated.

If you hate to clean and want the benefits of hardwood without the expense, this is a great option.  

3. Ceramic/Porcelain Tile

Tiles have been used for centuries – you can go to Roman ruins and see them for yourself. They are completely stain-resistant, so even a dropped glass of red wine can be cleaned up in just a few minutes. However, it's worth remembering that you'll have to occasionally clean the grouting, so try using a few big tiles instead of lots of little ones to make that task easier.

Because of their stain-resistant qualities, ceramic and porcelain tiles are perfect for using in kitchens and bathrooms.

4. Vinyl

Made from a synthetic polymer, vinyl flooring is water-resistant and extremely easy to clean. All you have to do is go over it with a mop to have it back in prime condition – that's why it's often used in hospitals, where areas must be cleaned quickly on a regular basis.

However, though vinyl might be the easiest flooring option to clean, it is also quite easy to damage and won't exactly give your home a sense of luxury. Still it's a good option for lesser-used rooms, such as the laundry, or for anyone wanting to keep their costs down.

If you think looking for easy-to-clean flooring would restrict your options, you're wrong. From hardwood to vinyl, there are plenty of available options.