Remember way back (actually last August) when I worked with Wilsonart Flooring and my local Dalton CarpetOne to have a new, recycled laminate wood floor installed in my mother’s living room and hallway? Well, it’s about time for an update, don’t you think?
A lot has happened in the last 9 months. My husband, daughter and I moved out of my mom’s house and into our own place — and then we moved again. My mother has been back and forth between the Virgin Islands and Georgia, and the house still gets a lot of traffic. One of my sisters lives there, and my nieces are there almost every day after school. And that’s not to mention my mother’s rambunctious dog, who would frolic all over the house if she were allowed.
Suffice it to say we have not gone easy on the floor. In fact, just this past weekend, when these photos were taken, my other sister had a birthday party for my niece. A luau-style party complete with water balloons, a wading pool, a slip-n-slide and a dozen wet kids tracking across the floor. The photo above is from right AFTER the party, if you can believe it. You can still see the strings from the balloons on the left side and the plastic hula skirt-covered table on the right.
The grass had been cut just days before the party, so wet kids were tracking blades of grass everywhere. You can clearly see this effect the photo above. All it took was a few swipes with a towel to make it look as good as the day it was installed. It really is lower maintenance than we expected it to be. As long as we keep it swept and go over it with a damp microfiber cleaning cloth every once in a while, it really looks great.
So great that my mother is still planning to continue the Wilsonart flooring in the hallway from the garage and into the kitchen when she moves back to Georgia permanently this summer. Since we haven’t been living there for a while, I haven’t done much to the rest of the room, so hopefully she’ll also give me the opportunity to help her finish the rest of the living space. I have some ideas for the kitchen too, but I won’t get ahead of myself
Why It’s Green:
- Made of a minimum of 70% pre-consumer recycled content
- GREENGUARD certified for indoor air quality
- Made in the U.S.
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