creating a kid-friendly basement play space

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creating a kid-friendly basement play space

I wanted to finish my basement in a way that was bright, fun, and easy to keep clean. My plans were to create a space that the kids could do whatever they want in and not cause any permanent damage. I have done all that I can to protect the walls, but was still left with the difficult choice of what to use to cover the concrete floors. Did I want carpeting that would be more comfortable for them to sit on or did I want hardwood floors that would be easier to clean? I went back and forth for a few weeks and finally talked with a flooring professional. So, what did we do? My blog will tell you!


How To Protect Your Porcelain Flooring

No matter what kind of home decor style you have, you can find porcelain tile to fit your needs and complement the overall look. The versatile stone flooring comes in a wide variety of designs and colors, such as grey and brown marble for an elegant style, polished white for a refined look, and even bold colors such as blue, green, red and yellow. 

If you prefer a more natural, rustic appearance in your home, you can also find porcelain tile that resembles the look of real wood. The stone flooring is mostly likely less expensive than natural wood, and more durable than laminate. Instead of the typical square tiles, wood-look porcelain flooring comes in long rectangles to look like boards. 

Made from a fine, dense clay, porcelain tile is known for its strength and stain resistance, as it doesn't soak up much moisture like other types of stone. Porcelain tile is also easy to clean with a damp mop or sponge, along with a gentle, everyday surface cleaner. If you need to deep-clean your porcelain tile, you can treat it with a mixture of one gallon of water and 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar, which is known to remove stains and disinfect.

Besides cleaning the tile on a regular basis, there are some other things you can do to make sure it looks its best for the longest time possible. Here are some tips for maintaining the porcelain and protecting it from everyday wear and tear:

1. Remove Your Shoes 

One of simplest things you can do to maintain your porcelain tile's beauty is to take your shoes off at the door. Instruct your family members and house guests to do the same when they enter the home. Debris such as small pebbles and pieces of concrete can get trapped in the tread of the footwear, and cause scratches in the porcelain tile. Dirt and grime on the bottom of shoes can also stain light-colored flooring.

2. Don't Drag Heavy Items Across the Floor 

When you're in the process of moving into or out of a house, or if you just bought new furniture, cover the tile with a sheet to protect it. Avoid dragging heavy items, such as refrigerators or couches, across the tile, and use furniture dolly instead. If you have to pull a piece across the tile, place protective pads on the bottom of it so that it glides easily.

3. Clean Up Spills Immediately 

Although porcelain isn't highly absorbent, it's still important to wipe up any spills, especially dark liquids such as wine and coffee, as soon as possible. Use a microfiber cloth to absorb the liquid, and then wipe the surface down with a glass cleaner or warm,soapy water and a soft sponge. 

Check with a company like KC Marble & Tile for more care information.