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Restore the floorPatterned floor tiles like these don’t readily show dirt, and are easy to sweep, vacuum or wash as necessary, making cleaning up a breeze.In a Victorian or Edwardian home, tiles like this may lurk under a carpet but if they’re in a state beyond repair, tile suppliers offer authentic designs that’ll bring back original character.Floor tile ideas for every room
Mistake 1: Choosing impractical flooringEven with a strict shoes-off-at-the-door policy (which I’ll return to later), there’s no avoiding the fact that a hall floor is where dirt arrives and can get trodden in. Depending on how much punishment yours gets and how much time and effort you want to expend in cleaning it, there’s a descending order of practicality for hall flooring. At the top of the chart are encaustic or patterned tiles like these, as well as plain, dark-coloured tiles, which won’t show marks and are easy to sweep, mop or vacuum. Paler tiles are more liable to show dirt and mud, but are also cleanable in the same way.Wood – and especially dark versions – is forgiving and hard-wearing (though take care with high heels), but you won’t want to get timber very wet to clean it.Carpet fan? Cleaning options are necessarily more restricted than with the other types of flooring (mopping, wiping and sweeping not being options), but darks, patterns and a sizeable doormat will cut down the housework.