Re: How to create an easy-clean floor in a kid-filled farmhouse
The most user friendly surface, IMHO is sheet vinyl, however for durability you may want to look into tile. There are pro's and cons to both in your situation.
Pro's - It's a "solid" surface, no nooks or crannies for dirt or moisure to hide. It's easier on the feet and legs to stand on for long periods of time. It's not as hard on knees, elbows, and heads when the toddlers take a tumble.
Con's - It will marr under high traffic. May fade where exposed to excessive direct sun (sliding glass doors ).
Pro's - "solid surface" as long as grout lines are intact. Surface dings and chips don't leak when water is spilled or during normal cleanings. Very durable.
Con's: extremely hard on legs and back when standing for long periods of time. Extremely hard on knees, elbows, and heads when the toddlers take a tumble. Grout can harbor dirt and germs that are difficult to remove. Grout and uneven tile takes an extreme toll on mopping equipment.
I grew up on a 100 acre ranch in the sticks, our entry, kitchen, and dining rooms were VCT tile (commercial vinyl tile ) which held up well, though does allow moisture through which can loosen tiles and damage wooden subfloors.
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