Flooring for Wet Areas

Flooring plays a crucial role in any space’s design and functionality; this is especially true in wet areas such as bathrooms, mudrooms, and laundry rooms. These spaces demand a delicate balance between aesthetics and functionality. The flooring materials chosen for wet areas must withstand moisture, spills, and the potential for slips, all while enhancing the room’s overall visual appeal.

At Carpet One, we offer a comprehensive range of flooring solutions designed to blend aesthetics with functionality seamlessly.

Choosing the Right Flooring for Wet Areas in your Home

If you’re seeking the ideal flooring solution for your wet areas, such as your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room, it’s important to choose wisely. Your flooring decision can significantly impact the safety and functionality of your space. Here are some factors to consider when choosing flooring for wet areas in your home.

Water Resistance/Waterproof

Water exposure is a concern in wet areas because it can cause damage to flooring materials and the subfloor, such as warping or mould growth. Using waterproof flooring materials or properly sealing the flooring can prevent these issues.

Slip Resistance

It is crucial to prioritise safety, especially when it comes to flooring. Choosing a type of flooring that offers sufficient slip resistance is recommended, especially in areas where water splashes are common. This can greatly reduce the likelihood of accidents occurring.


Laundry rooms and bathrooms often have to bear the brunt of heavy foot traffic and frequent exposure to various cleaning agents and chemicals. Hence, installing durable flooring materials that can withstand such wear and tear is crucial.


When selecting flooring for wet areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms, choose easy-to-clean and maintain materials. Regular cleaning maintenance not only prevents the buildup of moisture and grime but also ensures the longevity and durability of the flooring.


Although functionality is important, aesthetics also have a significant impact. The flooring should match the overall design of your home.

Top Flooring Options for Wet Areas

Sheet Vinyl

Sheet Vinyl is a highly favoured option for wet areas because it is affordable, durable and waterproof. It is available in various colours, patterns, and textures that can imitate the appearance of wood, stone, or tile. Additionally, sheet vinyl is easy to install and maintain and can withstand extreme temperature changes and high humidity.


Tile is one of the most popular and versatile flooring options for wet areas. Tile is made from ceramic, porcelain, stone, or glass and comes in various shapes, sizes, colours, and patterns. It is highly water-resistant, durable, easy to clean, and resistant to stains, mould, and mildew. 

Tile can also withstand high temperatures and humidity levels, making it ideal for bathrooms and kitchens. Tile can also create a stylish and elegant look for your wet areas, as you can mix and match different tiles to create unique designs.

However, tile also has some drawbacks. Tile can be cold and hard underfoot, which can be uncomfortable and slippery. Tile can also be noisy when walked on. It can also be expensive to install and repair, as it requires professional installation, grouting, sealing, and cutting. Tile can also crack or chip if something heavy is dropped on it.

Flooring Maintenance and Care Instructions

Proper maintenance and care are essential to ensure the longevity and beauty of your wet area flooring. Following these guidelines will help you keep your chosen flooring material in top condition:

Vinyl Flooring

  • Regularly sweep or vacuum to remove dirt and debris that can scratch the surface.
  • Clean up spills promptly to prevent staining and water damage.
  • Clean the floor with a damp mop with a mild, pH-neutral cleaner. Avoid using abrasive or harsh cleaners.
  • Place mats or rugs at entryways to catch dirt and moisture before it reaches the flooring.
  • Trim pet nails to prevent scratches, and use furniture pads to protect against scratches from heavy furniture.

Tile Flooring

  • Clean tiles with a mixture of water and a mild, pH-neutral cleaner. Avoid using abrasive or acidic cleaners that can damage the grout and tiles.
  • For grout lines, use a grout brush and mild cleaner to keep them clean and prevent mould growth.
  • Reapply grout sealant periodically to maintain water resistance and prevent staining.
  • Consider using rugs or mats in high-traffic areas to protect the tile and provide comfort.

Tips for decorating bathrooms

Once you have chosen the best flooring option for your bathroom, add some finishing touches to make it more inviting and relaxing. Here are some tips for decorating your bathroom:

  • Choose a colour scheme that matches your flooring and creates the mood you want for your bathroom. For example, you can choose a neutral palette for a calm and serene atmosphere or a bright and bold palette for a lively and energetic vibe.
  • Add accessories that complement your flooring and colour scheme, such as rugs, towels, curtains, mirrors, plants, candles, or artwork. These items can add texture, contrast, and interest to your bathroom.
  • Organise your bathroom essentials to make them accessible and tidy. You can use baskets, trays, jars, shelves, hooks, or cabinets to store your toiletries, cosmetics, hair tools, cleaning supplies, etc.
  • Upgrade your lighting to make your bathroom more functional and flattering. If possible, you can use natural light from windows or skylights or install artificial lights such as recessed lights, sconces, or pendants. You can also use dimmers or sensors to adjust the brightness and mood of your bathroom.

Laundry Room Organisation Tips

A well-organized laundry room can make this chore easier and more enjoyable. Here are some tips for organising your laundry room:

  • Choose a waterproof, durable, easy-to-clean, and stain-resistant flooring option like vinyl
  • Add some storage solutions that suit your needs and space. You can use baskets, bins, drawers, shelves, racks, or hooks to store your laundry supplies, cleaning products, ironing boards, hangers, etc.
  • Use labels or colour codes to sort your items and make them easy to find.
  • Create a folding station that makes folding your clothes and linens convenient and comfortable. You can use a table, counter, cart, or board that is at a comfortable height and has enough space for your items. Add a cushioned stool or chair if you want to sit while folding.
  • Add decor elements that make your laundry room more pleasant and inviting. Paint the walls or put a wallpaper. Decorate with artwork, signs, plants, or rugs to add colour and personality to your laundry room.
  • Use scented candles, diffusers, or sprays to add fragrance and freshness to your laundry room.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I install sheet vinyl myself, or do I need professional help?

Sheet vinyl flooring is DIY-friendly. However, Carpet One recommends professional installation to ensure proper subfloor preparation and optimal results.


How do I properly maintain tile flooring in wet areas?

Regularly clean tile flooring with a mild detergent and water solution to prevent the buildup of grime and dirt. Ensure that grout lines are well-sealed to prevent moisture penetration. Using non-abrasive cleaners will help maintain the integrity of the tile’s surface.


Can I use hardwood flooring in wet areas like bathrooms or laundry rooms?

Hardwood flooring is generally not recommended for wet areas due to its susceptibility to water damage, warping, and mould growth. If you prefer the look of wood, consider using wood-look sheet vinyl that offer the aesthetics of wood with better water resistance.


Can I use area rugs or mats on sheet vinyl in wet areas?

Yes, using area rugs or mats can benefit sheet vinyl. They can add warmth, comfort, and style while protecting the flooring from scratches and wear. Just ensure that the backing of the rugs or mats is non-staining to prevent any potential damage to the flooring.


Are there any special considerations for installing flooring in a basement wet area?

Basement wet areas often have higher moisture levels. When installing flooring in these areas, it’s crucial to ensure proper subfloor preparation and moisture barriers. Choosing flooring materials with good moisture resistance, such as sheet vinyl or tile, can help prevent issues like mould and warping.


How do I address any potential odour or mould issues with wet area flooring?

To prevent odour or mould issues, ensure proper ventilation in wet areas. Additionally, choose flooring materials with inherent mould resistance and easy-clean properties. Regular cleaning and maintenance, including wiping up spills promptly, will also help prevent these issues.

Discover Your Flooring Solution!

Explore our wide range of wet area flooring options that blend aesthetics and functionality seamlessly. Elevate the safety, style, and durability of your spaces today. Call Central Coast Carpet One to book a measure and quote.

Elevate the safety, style, and durability of your spaces today. Call Central Coast Carpet One to book a measure and quote.