Most adult bedrooms are low traffic environments that don’t put very much stress on their floors. In children’s rooms, the floors may get a little more use through the wear and tear of normal everyday play. Either way, you want to choose a flooring material that is easy to maintain and isn’t a hassle to keep clean, sanitary, and free of stains. This will in turn help to keep the entire bedroom healthier and more comfortable.
Ceramic Bedroom Floors
Ceramic is a manufactured hard tile material that is made mostly from clay mixed with other natural ingredients. The surface of these tiles can be glazed, which has the benefit of creating an impervious seal over them which cannot be penetrated by water or staining agents. The hardness of ceramics also ensures that they are durable, long lasting, and easy to clean, as dirt will rest upon the surface waiting to be swept away.
Ceramic flooring can be a little bit cold and hard in a bedroom environment. However, this can be offset through the strategic use of rugs placed near the bed, and at the entrance. Ceramic flooring is also a good candidate for below surface radiant heating systems, which can create a toasty warm underfoot experience. This will also help to heat the rest of the bedroom in an energy efficient manner.
Low Maintenance Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is very easy to keep clean. A man-made, manufactured-material vinyl is similar to plastic in that it is designed to be durable, lightweight, and impervious to water, as well as almost any staining agent. When you put vinyl sheets or tiles down in a bedroom you are basically creating an impervious shield across the entire subfloor. Because of this, the only maintenance involves wiping, sweeping, or mopping up any dust or dirt that accrues across its surface.
The drawback to vinyl in a bedroom is that some low-grade materials will off-gas volatile organic chemicals into the air. These are usually only trace amounts, but they are chemicals, and they are toxic, so they can contribute negatively to the air quality of the space. This is not something that will have to be cleaned away but rather will fade over time after initial installation.
Natural Stone Bedroom Flooring
There are many different types of stone tile flooring available, and their characteristics can differ wildly as far as durability, maintenance instructions, and ease of cleaning. All stone is going to be hard, which means that sweeping away dirt and debris is relatively easy. However stone is also porous, which means that it has to be sealed every once in awhile to make it impervious to stains.
Slate, granite, and limestone are going to be the most durable, hassle-free flooring materials. Marble is prone to scratches in its polished form, however, it’s elegance and sophistication still make it popular in a bedroom, which is generally low impact anyways. You can also choose sandstone which is fairly durable, but very porous, requiring a stricter adherence to periodic sealing regimens.
Hardwood Bedroom Care and Maintenance
Natural wood is a popular bedroom flooring choice because it never goes out of style. Combining the beauty of nature with the precision of straight lined planks, hardwood is a warm, friendly, and inviting choice for a bedroom. It’s also a low-maintenance option, only requiring the regular sweeping or vacuuming that all floors need to remove loose dirt and dust. Wet mopping should be avoided, but a mop can be used to apply a dusting agent.
Over time hardwood floors can wear down due to foot traffic, scratches, pet nails, and normal wear and tear. In a normal moderate to low foot traffic bedroom, this will be much more gradual and can take years or even decades. The best part is that even if the floor does wear down you can give it a complete makeover whenever you want by simply having it stripped, sanded, and refinished.
Laminate Bedroom Floor Options
Laminate is great in bedrooms because it can achieve the look of expensive natural flooring products at a fraction of the price. It is also really easy to keep clean because laminate floor materials are designed with an invisible top wear layer which acts as a barrier over each piece, protecting it from stains, dirt, smears, and water penetration.
One drawback to laminates is that they can be damaged by water, although that generally isn’t an issue in a bedroom. If a bathroom is attached, a rug can be placed at the door to cut down on drips.
Over time the protective layer on the material will also eventually wear away, leaving the vulnerable print layer exposed to damaging effects. Because of this laminates will have to be replaced more often than other flooring choices.
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Carpeting is the most popular bedroom flooring choice because it is soft, warm, and insulating. Regular maintenance of carpet is also relatively easy, just requiring the use of a vacuum every few days.
The big issue with carpet in the bedroom is that it is a cloth material, and as such liquid staining agents can penetrate down deep into the undercarriage of the floor, causing set in stains, and the growth of mold and mildew. This can be offset with basic caution and care with food and drinks in this space. You can also occasionally use a steam cleaner for a more penetrating disinfecting process.