Look what the cat dragged in? It’s more like, look what the kids dragged in!
Keeping up with the puddles, mud, and general grime of the mudroom is a constant battle. But it’s one that’s made far easier if you cover your mudroom in surfaces that are easily cleanable. Here are some hints for surfaces that will save you time when trying to keep your mudroom decent.
Tile is the obvious choice for mudrooms. It will last as long as there are kids around and is super easy to clean. It won’t be damaged by standing water from melting snow on boots or get scratched by sandy flip flops. It also offers you a variety of styles to choose from so the mudroom can have some style alongside the functionality. Opt for tile that looks like wood, brick, stone, cement, and even fabrics.
You might want to consider tile that allows you to have a minimal grout joint so you don’t have to worry too much about the upkeep of the grout, which is probably the most labor intensive part of having tile. Even then, if you choose a dark grout and tend to it once a year, you should be in good shape.
Cement is a good option for your mudroom especially if you have an industrial chic look going on. Be aware that it is porous and can cause lots of problems with moisture if you don’t seal it properly. When sealed, it is easily cleaned and maintained.
You might also opt for a concrete-look porcelain tile. You'll get the right look with less maintenance.
Rugs and Carpet
Carpet can be more difficult to keep clean than hard smooth surfaces in the mudroom. However, all those hard surfaces aren’t quite as inviting as a soft rug. High quality mats and rugs on top of tile floors are your best bet in the mudroom. They can be cleaned regularly and continue to look great over the years.
Some people opt to buy cheap throwaway rugs that they can just replace after they get too dirty, but this can be more expensive in the long run. A quality rug will stand up to stains better and can be thrown in the washing machine regularly.
How you cover the walls of the mudroom should also be a consideration because these will get dirty too. Wall tile cleans up quickly and doesn’t require replacement like paint might. Bead board is another good option. Choose cabinet materials that are easy to clean and won’t be damaged by exposure to water.
Textures on your mudroom floors and walls can be tricky. On one hand, texture might prove slightly more difficult to clean than a flat surface. On the other hand, texture increases slip resistance in an environment that you can assume is going to need it. A lightly textured tile or floor mat is a good option to get the best of both worlds.