COVID-19 has made working from home the new norm. If you have a home office thanks to the pandemic, here are the floors that offer the best protection from germs during COVID.
While vinyl flooring might sound less than charming, it has grown in popularity over the past few years. Thanks to advancements in the appearance of vinyl, you can find some excellent options with a better wood look than some of the more expensive laminates available. However, adding to its attraction, it is also far more effective in containing the spread of germs. While you might be swaying towards laminate, it isn’t ideal if you are worried about bacterial growth and germs.
Luxury vinyl flooring, however, is durable plastic that holds up well to water and also is more resistant to breaking down. It has built-in antimicrobial properties that not only repels germs but also stands up to stronger cleaning solutions than laminate. The good news is, it is also beautiful and comes in many styles to suit any home office décor scheme.
Cork flooring is another product enjoying growing popularity. It is a great choice for Calgary homeowners looking for a unique way to transform their home office space into something really special. It has many benefits including no echoes and noise reducing properties that make it an excellent choice for offices. Especially if you have to contend with dreaded Zoom meetings every day! It comes in a wide selection of cork flooring designs, patterns, and colours so you are sure to find something perfectly suited to your tastes.
However, it is naturally antimicrobial and water-resistant, so it not only is ideal during COVID but also to help prevent mold and mildew. It is sustainable and eco-friendly and if you tear it up for a new floor, it is also biodegradable. It offers a soft surface to reduce pressure on knees and backs. If you have pets, it is anti-static, so it is less likely to collect hair or dust for that matter. Overall it is resistant to anything you can throw at it from dust and pet hair to germs, toxins, and allergens. Last but not least it is also extremely affordable. The only downside is it can be more susceptible to scratches. But unless you plan to drag furniture around the room, it should do fine. Just be sure to purchase a desk floor mat for your office chair.
Antimicrobial Ceramic Tile
This might not be a look for everyone, but ceramic tile is excellent for preventing the spread of germs. The solid surface of ceramic tile keeps you safe from germs because it does not break down over time. It is also resistant to damage from harsh cleaning using steam or COVID killing cleaning solutions. You can also find specialty tiles with antimicrobial protection, although these tiles haven’t become mainstream quite yet. This technology helps deflect germs and continues to kill them long after they come into contact with the surface.
While you might picture ceramic tile as more of a Miami or South Beach sense of style, you can really get creative with it in your design scheme. From fun checkerboard patterns to a wide selection of vibrant colours or a more formal look with faux stone finishes and wood, you can really create your own look.
These flooring ideas are not only excellent options for your home office during COVID, but they also offer design appeal with real staying power.