Mudrooms have undergone a tremendous transformation over the years. They were once the place where farmers literally left their muddy things. Now, they’re the place where families enter, store their outdoor belongings, and even organize personal items. Because the mudroom is often the main entryway in the home, the floor sees a lot of use. Mud, rain, snow, salt, and sand can all affect the floor over time, making it look stained, scratched, or just plain beat up and old. When choosing a new mudroom floor, it helps to find a material that holds up well to abuse, but that also disguises things like mud and salt stains between cleanings. After all, you want the room to look a lot better than its name implies.
Porcelain is one of the most indestructible materials on the market today. It doesn’t scratch, stain, chip, or require special sealers or cleaners. No matter what you track into your mudroom, this floor can take it. Look for a color-through body which has no glaze on top – glazes can get slippery when wet – and that comes in a variegated color pattern. Variegated colors hide dirt well so you can go longer between sweepings.
If you want natural stone on your floor, look no further than slate. Slate has a lot of natural texture and color that hides dirt, provides a non-slip surface, and disguises scratches and stains. If your slate does happen to scratch, a little mineral oil will hide it and make it look as good as new again.
Another indestructible material to consider is flamed granite such as Absolute Black. Absolute Black granite is actually a Gabro – a very hard, dense stone that require no sealing. When it’s flamed, the weaker surface materials get removed, leaving behind only the strongest, hardest part of the stone. This finely textured material is non-slip and it won’t scratch or stain no matter what you do to it.
Complete Your Mudroom
No matter how you plan and organize your mudroom, pay special attention to the floor. By using a strong, low-maintenance material, you’ll help ensure that the mudroom more than lives up to its name.