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      New Floor - Dog Question

      Need new kitchen and front hall flooring. I'm just about decided on one of the new luxury vinyl tile (LVT) products in a light, stone look. The tiles I'm considering can be butted up to each other, without grout lines. But they look nicer with grout lines. Apparently grout has evolved and doesn't dirty as easily as it used to. Well that's what manufacturers claim but I'm leery. Dog drool is powerful stuff. The current floor is sheet vinyl, doesn't even have real grout and still the fake, slightly inset grout lines are impossibly darker where Oban eats than elsewhere. Where the cats eat too, they drag their food onto the floor.

      SO, does anyone have such flooring with the new grout that does withstand dog drool? I'm looking at Congoleum Duraceramic but all of the manufacturers, Armstrong, Mannington, Karndean, that have LVT claim their new grout withstands dirt better than the old stuff did. But nobody claims to have tested on a Labrador Retriever.

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      We just had some LVT put in but we haven't had enough time to put the grout to the test. We had it grouted because we thought it looked better, too. It will be in a small entrance hall so lots of chances to get mud, dirt, sand, water, etc. I don't know how much drooling will occur there. I guess we'll find out about the grout together.

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      I think it depends on color. I'll never get light grout again, but black grout shows dirt as well. I'd get a medium brown (i.e., dirt) color. I have the newer stuff in black and very dark gray. Gray is better than the black.

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      I have both these tiles here right now. Thinking I will go with the Taffeta White, which does not look as dark in real life. My kitchen window faces N.E. so I want to repeat the light coloured floor and counter top, to make things look brighter.

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      This is the photo of it from the Congoleum website, where it seems to look darker still. The grout looks a greyish colour, but maybe it looks darker in the photo that it is in real life too.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Snowshoe View Post
      I have both these tiles here right now. Thinking I will go with the Taffeta White, which does not look as dark in real life. My kitchen window faces N.E. so I want to repeat the light coloured floor and counter top, to make things look brighter.

      -taffeta-white-jpg

      This is the photo of it from the Congoleum website, where it seems to look darker still. The grout looks a greyish colour, but maybe it looks darker in the photo that it is in real life too.

      -taffeta-white-floor-jpg
      I have tile about that color in my kitchen. Maybe a bit more brownish gray (greige - not pink though). The grout is/was white. It's from when I moved in. I need to get it replaced, but I'm waiting to decide if I want to refloor my entire house. I kinda want to just get some sort of heavy-duty vinyl. My hardwoods are so difficult to keep up with the dogs.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Labradorks View Post
      I have tile about that color in my kitchen. Maybe a bit more brownish gray (greige - not pink though). The grout is/was white. It's from when I moved in. I need to get it replaced, but I'm waiting to decide if I want to refloor my entire house. I kinda want to just get some sort of heavy-duty vinyl. My hardwoods are so difficult to keep up with the dogs.
      This is vinyl. This new LVT stuff is impressive. In my research it, and LVP, is/are suggested for homes where wheelchairs will be used. Apparently pivoting the chair is really hard on floors. There is way more choice in LVP, where the P stands for plank, and it really looks like wood.

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      Quote Originally Posted by smartrock View Post
      We just had some LVT put in but we haven't had enough time to put the grout to the test. We had it grouted because we thought it looked better, too. It will be in a small entrance hall so lots of chances to get mud, dirt, sand, water, etc. I don't know how much drooling will occur there. I guess we'll find out about the grout together.
      Which one did you get? Is that is in your avatar? That's a nice light colour.

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      We have luxury vinyl in our family room without grout (it’s supposed to look more like wood than tile so grout would look odd). So far the only problem is that the color we chose shows yellow hair more than I thought it would and it can be kind of slippery when they go to play on it - walking is fine, but if they try to take off running they slip. In terms of durability and cleanability it’s been great.
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      I have porcelain tile similar to that which is 15 yrs old. I have lived in the home last 5 years with chili. the grout was a very light color when I moved in, now after 5 years of lab most of the grout lines are brown. to be honest we have never tried cleaning the grout...just light sweeps and mops.
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      I considered porcelain after visiting the rehab Vet. It was in the waiting room of their new office. VEry durable and the dogs did not seem to find it slippery, even with wet, snowy puddles all over it. Which they mopped up continually. But it was fake wood grain and was not grouted.

      I am still waiting for some sheet vinyl samples to come in. Of all the flooring places I checked out only one was willing to order in samples of stuff they didn't have in.

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