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How Our Patterned Vinyl Tile Is Holding Up 10 Months Later

A 10 month update about the durability of vinyl tile – how it wears, how to clean it, and how to install it to get a patterned tile floor in an afternoon.

Last summer, we came up with a quick temporary (and trendy) solution for our grubby gross vinyl sheet flooring, and it is, by far, one of the questions I’m asked the most regarding how it’s holding up.

Robert and I play the guinea pig role a lot around here with our projects, and sometimes we do wonder if we’ll see all of our hard work undo itself right before our eyes over the course of a year. We worried the same thing about our concrete countertops in our last kitchen and painted tub/shower/sink in our upstairs bathroom.

But it’s been SO worth the risk because just like those other two quickie/cheap solution DIYs, our vinyl patterned tile has proved to be super durable!

laundry room with patterned vinyl tile

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If you weren’t around during this laundry room refresh, it originally looked like this:

laundry room before

It was one of those let’s-just-fix-it-with-paint-until-we-can-gut-it kind of jobs. (Just like we’re doing with our kitchen right now.)

We have HUGE plans for gutting a few rooms over the course of the next few years that will likely not be cheap.

If you find yourself with “big home improvement plans” too, that doesn’t mean you have to live with spaces that don’t make you happy until then. A few years is a long time to walk into a room and feel immediately stressed and bummed out every day.

So here is our vinyl tile 10 months after installing it, and we have NOT been easy on it at all.

laundry room vinyl tile Moroccan patterned floor

It takes a beating every day and has seen mud and dirt and leaves and damp pool towels and puddles of water from a plumbing incident and just about anything life can throw at it.

Several times, we’ve had to scoot the heavy washer and dryer across the floor as they have both broken on us at some point. And we had electricians move them to access our fuse box for electrical updates recently. The evidence is this scuffed spot in front of our washing machine.

How our vinyl tile has held up in 10 months

But, thankfully, we held onto our vinyl tile leftovers after we finished installation last summer, so all we have to do is peel up those 4-5 scuffed tiles and lay down new ones. It makes me so glad that we chose tiles over full sheet vinyl.

(You can see our full vinyl tile installation tutorial here and 18 of my favorite peel and stick vinyl tiles here, if you want to see all of the pretty patterns out there.)

And as far as maintenance, I sweep it whenever needed and use Method Squirt & Mop when it needs a scrub. Not a single tile has peeled up or acts like it’s going to budge anytime soon.

We can still see our old sheet vinyl slightly peeking through the “grout line” cracks since this room is not square at all and we ran into issues perfectly lining them up, but it’s one of those things we barely notice unless we’re looking for flaws.

The best way to clean vinyl tile floors

Seeing how well it’s held up has made me really tempted to try it out in a bathroom or kitchen, but since we have tile and not vinyl in those other spaces right now, I’m okay with just waiting and freshening the grout there temporarily instead. If we had vinyl in those rooms though, I would definitely be using this solution again.

It is more pricey than painting a vinyl floor, but it’s so much faster and there are no fumes or curing times to worry about. And if this patterned Moroccan style floor look goes out of style, it’ll be really easy to change it all over again (hoping we’ll have real tile in our laundry room with a full remodel before that happens though).

inexpensive laundry room makeover with patterned vinyl tile floor

Laundry is my least favorite chore, but I have to admit this room has made it a more pleasant task.

If you want to know about any of the sources or other DIY projects we did in our laundry room, you can see it all in this room reveal post.

Got any other great flooring refresh solutions you’ve used before? I’d love to hear about them to make this a great resource for others! Share them below in the comments.

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22 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for posting this! Your laundry room looks gorgeous and I love that you’re able to look at the big picture and not focus on things like imperfect lines. I’m hoping to do a cheap refresh on my laundry room! Are the tiles still holding up well, now more than two years later? Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi, Tara! YES!! We still love this choice of floor. They are still holding up strong. We couldn’t be more pleased. I would actually use this type of flooring for a big project now that I know how well it has worked.

  2. Your post was a godsend! I am so inspired to do my Laundry-room I got the peel and stick tile and I’m posting my makeover on my Blog! I’m small potatoes blogger just started a few weeks ago. I”m a big fan and I hope it’s okay that I share one of your photos on my blog. I sourced and linked your post for everyone. I hope I”m doing this correctly.

  3. The link for your vinyl stick down tiles is for a vinyl “decal” that goes over each tile piece on Etsy. Confusing. Where did you buy your tiles and what brand are they? Are they an actual tile or are they a decal?

    1. Yes, those are the exact ones we used that I linked. They are a vinyl decal. We got the floor grade ones so they are thicker and more durable.

      1. Thank you. I had never heard of this product and couldn’t imagine a decal that would be durable. Thanks for the quick answer and the information!

  4. I am anxious to know more about the blind also. It is exactly what I need. I checked my Home Depot with no luck. On line? Made custom?

    1. Last I checked, they were sold out on Home Depot’s site. 🙁 Hoping it’s not discontinued though!

  5. I love love love this flooring. You guys have completely inspired us to paint our floors. The tiles ended up being out of our budget because the space we need them for is pretty large. So gorgeous!!

  6. It looks fabulous, I love the vinyl tile, we’ve used it before and it does hold up really well.

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