From an Environmentally sensitive person’s standpoint my tile floors are great. I don’t have to worry about what may be lurking underneath the carpet and in the pad. I don’t have to worry about all the formaldehyde and other chemicals in the carpets either.
1) The dirt is always on the surface for me to see and therefore always needs to be swept or vacuumed or mopped.
2) In the summertime tile floors are great because they keep the house cooler but in the winter I can’t keep warm because the floor tiles are so cold.
3) My grandchildren were born after my illness and therefore during my tile floor time. The first two managed to learn to walk without too many falls or any major injuries on my hard floors. Grandchild number three is learning to walk and I am more scared than I was with the other two. I think it is because he gets so excited he practically tries to run. The only way he can walk at my house is outdoors on the lawn or if I am holding his hand and he doesn’t want that.
4) “n my old life” I would just have to sweep and mop the kitchen and baths and run the vacuum across the carpet. Now I sweep and mop my entire house.
5) Tile is extremely slippery when wet. I have experienced this twice in the last month. The first time I was in the kitchen and my husband had just filled my granddaughter’s water bottle and must have dripped water on the floor. I had just gone into the kitchen and wham, my right foot turned in under me and I landed hard on my left knee (my right foot actually swelled and bruised and was much more painful than my knee). The second experience was a week ago. I was walking through the living room and this time my left foot turned in under me and I landed on my right knee. Fortunately this time only my right knee was bruised. I never see the water or the juice until I am on the floor at ground level with it. What I do see, is the dirt on the floor where someone has walked over a wet spot on the floor.
Would I give up my hard, sometimes cold tiles for the warmth and softness of carpet? Yes and know. I miss sitting or lying on the floor and the softness of carpet pile under my feet. Having been through all that I have been through I like knowing that there is no hidden dirt under my feet – only what I see on the surface that once again needs to be vacuumed and mopped as I look across the floor. Maybe it will get done today but most likely tomorrow. I have had one of my wonderful sleepless nights and my spoons are used up for today.
My question to you – What is on your floors? Do you like it? What would you change if you could?