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    Hi ,

    We are looking at different flooring options for the main areas of our house - lounge, dining, entry, laundry and kitchen (all fairly open plan so the flooring will continue on into each room). My criteria for any flooring is that it has to be easy to clean and show up as little dirt as possible .

    I love floorboards but I think they will be too expensive, so we have been looking into tiles as well. We went to a place today and spoke to a very helpful man who explained the different types of tiles and so on. It makes sense to me to put in the strongest most durable type of tile available, since they will be going into high traffic areas, however my dilemma is that these tiles are only available in a high gloss option. We bought home a sample, and while I know that my 3yo considered it a new toy, by the time she finished standing on it and touching it there we so many marks and smudges on it it was ridiculous. It would drive me insane if my floor constantly showed up marks and only stayed clean for five minutes at a time.

    Does anyone have high gloss tiles and are they like this, or is it not as bad when they are on the floor just being walked over?.

    The tile I like the most was a sort of light grey flecked tile in a semi gloss or matte finish, but this one only comes with the second hardest rating. The tile guy said these tiles are used in kitchens and high traffic areas and are fine - the difference is that if you drop a plate or something there is a risk that you will chip a tile. With the hardest rated tile he said youd practically have to get a chisel out to chip it. You can see the difference in the tile thickness when you compare them side by side too.

    Any advice would be very welcome!. The only time Ive ever had tiles before is when I was renting - and I knew they were cheap low quality things so I didnt take much notice!.

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    Default High Gloss Tiles

    One simple sentence:

    Don't do it to yourself.

    High gloss (especially white) will drive you batty.

    Definitely look into the floorboards. You may find they aren't as expensive as you might think.

    Good luck x

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    THANK YOU!!

    That's exactly what I was worried about and you have confirmed my fears.... I think I'll avoid them like the plague

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    We have large white gloss tiles and I love them - definitely open up a house and make it light and bright. They can show smudges and greasy footprints etc but to be honest I don't find I'm cleaning anymore than I used prior to building this house. My parents have a semi gloss and they get just as much smudges etc as we do. Just buy yourself a good steam mop and you are set

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    We have white porcelain tiles (60cm x 60cm) all through our ground floor and we love them. Four kids, one moulting cat and they still look clean and we love the look they give to our home. I have had polished floors, floating floors, terracotta tiles etc over the years and these porcelain tiles are no more cleaning than any of those and very hard wearing.

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    We have floorboards in our house and tiles on our bathroom. I swear it takes me as long to clean my bathroom tiles as it does my whole house! Lol I'm not a huge fan, can't wait to rip them up and put in a matte grey.

    How about floating floors?

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    Bamboo is a cheaper alternative to floorboards and look the same but are more durable - may be worth looking into..

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    I thought about the floating floors water lily, but my mum has them in her place and has found the get marked very easily if something drags across them or chair legs dig in etc. it's only her and her husband too, so I can only assume it would be ten times worse at our place!.

    Rb29 we did look at bamboo, although it was several years ago (right before we decided to just stick with the poxy carpet and Lino until the kids were at least old enough to try not to destroy it ). From memory though I think we were told that you have to be very careful about getting water on it, so I thought it may not be a good idea to have it in the kitchen?

    Thanks for all the comments, they're very helpful

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    What about vinyl plank? It looks like floorboards and is quieter and warmer. If one gets scratched, you can replace it individually. I love mine kardeen is a brand that you could google to get an idea.

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    I've never heard of vinyl plank - thanks squishie I'll have a look.

    Do you have yours in the kitchen area?


 

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