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What Type of Flooring Is Easiest to Keep Sanitary?

What’s the most important quality you’re looking for in the next flooring for your home or business? The first things that come to mind probably include durable and budget-friendly options. A close second might also be options that require little maintenance. How often do you think about hygiene, though, and not just cleanliness, when exploring flooring possibilities? Find out what flooring companies have to say about the importance of sanitation and what options are easiest to keep sanitary.

Easiest Floors to Sanitize

Hardwood Flooring

If you’ve been around hardwood floors for any length of time, then you know they are a breeze to take care of. Finished and sealed hardwoods especially require little to no maintenance or upkeep. That’s because the finish on the flooring prevents dirt, grime, and bacteria from having the chance to collect and build up on either the planks or cracks in between. Your biggest focus will need to be on vacuuming and dusting consistently and mopping for a deeper clean. Unlike other options, such as carpet, there’s nowhere for dirt to hide or be overlooked. It’s all out in the open.

Only in the rare event of a flood would you need to be concerned with the state of your hardwoods. Water, in excess, can find a way to warp and permeate the wood and then live sneakily under the planks. This is when you would need to think about the possibility of mold, but again, this is an extreme circumstance. Freak incidents notwithstanding, hardwood flooring is a great option if you’re wanting to keep your floor sanitary with minimal time or effort outside or your normal routine.

Vinyl Flooring

Most people know vinyl plank flooring or vinyl tile as favorable for their ability to emulate popular types of flooring, such as stone, ceramic, and hardwood. On top of being a great option for its looks and durability, vinyl flooring is also easy to clean and keep sanitary. Vinyl is just as easy, if not easier, to clean than hardwood because the material of vinyl has zero risk of trapping dust and debris. A periodic mop and sweep keeps the floor clean, and to keep it really sanitary, you might want to take a few extra minutes to get into the crevices between planks and tiles if you begin to notice any build up. Your regular cleaning should take care of that for you, but as you can imagine, accidents happen. The best part is vinyl flooring won’t require a full overhaul when you notice stubborn spots – just a little extreme time and care.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors are another great option because just like with hardwoods and vinyl, mopping and sweeping really does the trick. Sheet laminate is going to have even less of an opportunity to collect dirt or bacteria because there are little to no cracks in the laminate, aside from along the wall. That is ideal! You’ll never have to worry about something hiding under the surface that you need to get to. The only problem arises when laminate floors are ruined due to water damage and need to be replaced because they cannot be refinished. You’d have to address that quickly to prevent mold growth. However, there are waterproof laminate flooring options, which would help fight against general wear as much as possible.

Surprised by how many options there are? Well, that’s the good news – there is plenty of variety out there whether you’re looking for residential or commercial flooring that prioritizes sanitation. The hygiene of you and those close to you matters. The experts at Ozburn-Hessey Company know that being safe and comfortable in your home or office is of the utmost importance. Let these professionals with generations of experience help you find your perfect fit. Don’t wait to contact Ozburn-Hessey Company today!

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