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Best Flooring for Laundry Rooms

What features are necessary for laundry room flooring options?

By Julia Nass

One can expect all kinds of grime on the laundry room floor. From muddy pants to dripping towels to spilled detergent, there's simply no way to keep laundry room flooring mess free. Over time, these messes can become more than just a slight inconvenience - they can turn into serious wear and tear that eventually leads to damage. Add in the moisture buildup that can happen in the laundry room, and you've got yourself one highly vulnerable floor.

The Defense

Fear not. There are all kinds of flooring specifically made to hold up against pervasive water, dirt and chemicals. Although there is a variety of flooring that is suitable for laundry rooms, it's important that laundry room flooring all share a few qualities. First, it should be able to withstand heavy use, as laundry rooms can be one of the more frequented rooms in the entire house. Second, flooring needs to be able to withstand not just the heavy weight of the washer and dryer, but the movement and vibrations that can occur when the machines are in use. Further, laundry rooms are often right off main throughways in a home, so naturally you won't want to sacrifice the aesthetics of the house for the laundry room floor. Finally, because the messes are guaranteed to happen, they should be easy to clean. That's why we suggest flooring with the entire package: easy maintenance, constant durability and attractive aesthetics.

Given all of these factors, Greatmats suggests plastic and vinyl flooring as the best material options. Tiles made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, polypropylene plastic and vinyl are popular waterproof flooring choices. Many plastic floor tiles are durable enough to withstand heavy foot traffic and standing water. Further, it's possible to add a sealer to plastic floor tiles to increase resistance to chemicals and other spills. You can find plastic and vinyl tiles or vinyl sheets in a huge variety of colors and designs. Some of our favorites for laundry room flooring includes the following:

1. HiddenLock Slate Floor Tile

These PVC tiles come in earth tones and yield a classy, slate aesthetic. Unlike slate, however, these tiles are lightweight, economical and easily to install all by oneself. HiddenLock Slate Floor Tiles connect together with a strong connecting system that presents a seamless floor. These laundry room floor tiles are water resistant, durable and made to withstand heavy use and foot traffic. They are resistant to acids and oils and can stand up to common laundry room spills like detergent or bleach. Although tiles are effective with just a dry lay, gluing down the tiles will yeild a more permanent solution. It's possible to clean these tiles with just a damp mop, hot water and a general household floor cleaner.

2. Max Tile Raised Flooring

In general, Max Tile Raised Flooring is an extremely popular flooring choice used for a wide range of purposes. These tiles are used for everything from dance floors to basketball courts to basement floor tiles. Max Tile Raised Flooring tiles are made with a polypropylene base and a 3 mm wood grain vinyl surface. These materials support the fact Max tiles are designed to withstand heavy use, which makes it a great fit for laundry room flooring. At the same time, these tiles have a sleek and lovely look to them.

Max Tile Raised Flooring are raised to allow airflow underneath. When high levels of water and moisture are present in a room, a raised floor can make all the difference. You won't need to worry about moisture becoming trapped underneath flooring, which can cause water damage and harmful bacteria to grow. Like many other modular tiles, Max tiles easily snap together and make for a simple laundry room floor installation.

Greatmats recommends raised laundry room flooring for rooms that are extra susceptible to humidity and moisture, like those in the basement. If this is the case, it may be in your best interest to choose Max Tile Raised Flooring or TileFlex flooring (see below) as your laundry room tile.

3. TileFlex

TileFlex tiles are another attractive option, as they provide the look of wood or slate without the exorbitant cost. TileFlex tiles come in more than 10 colors and styles. Like Max tiles, the base of these laundry room floor tiles are made of polypropelene plastic, while the surface finish is vinyl. TileFlex tiles are raised in order to prevent water from becoming trapped underneath flooring.

Fully waterproof and wear and tear resistant, the vinyl surface will never need refinishing. These tiles are designed to hold up against water, moisture and unforgiving usage. Tiles snap together with a tab and loop connecting system. They are easy to put together no matter the person power or size of the room.

This product can be cleaned with a damp mop and common household cleaners, although it is recommended to avoid the use of bleach on this tile. Greatmats also recommends installing a 2 or 3 mm underlayment underneath these tiles for added cushion and sound reduction.

Dig a Little Deeper

Ease of installation, lovely look and durability are just a few reasons why customers consistently give the above products five out of five star reviews. Check out these laundry room flooring options on Greatmats to see what other customers have to say. Although these are the top three suggestions, don't feel held back from exploring all the other laundry room flooring options that exist. Greatmats can always assist with finding the perfect style, design, material and cost for all laundry room flooring needs. Greatmats' customer service is available and happy to help you with any questions you may have.
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