My New Flooring Choice…

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Back in January, I made a post about our Home Goals for 2011 and talked about how I wanted to get new flooring to replace the carpet in our living room & hallway. It is completely & utterly disgusting! I thought it was bad & then after Griffin came along, it went from bad to WORSE! The child spits up everything he eats & now I have a million spit stains all over the carpet to go along with all of my other stains!
So frustrating!!
So I had decided that I wanted to go with wood flooring instead. I love the laminate wood we have in our kitchen…it is easy to clean and its durable! I have even had some spills & areas where it has gotten wet & still no damage at all!! Because we bought the kitchen flooring 6 years ago at Lowes, naturally it is no longer available, so I have to replace the kitchen floor as well!
Since it all had to be replaced, I decided I wanted to go with a darker finish this time around! I think it is going to compliment my newly painted kitchen cabinets quite well! When I made the Home Goals post back in January, I showed you these pics to give you an idea of the look I was going for…
 Marin Kitchen Co.
 Kitchen Design Ideas
Decorpad
I just love the contrast of the dark floor with the white cabinets!
So I finally got to the flooring store the other day & brought home some samples to play around with..
After moving this particular sample all throughout the house…
I am quite happy with my decision!
(pardon the lousy cell phone pics)

What do you guys think?
I LOVE IT!!!
Can’t wait to get it ordered & get it installed!!
You can tell by that last picture, that I still haven’t painted underneath the cabinets!
I’ve been waiting to paint under there until the new floor was installed because I was afraid the paint would get all scratched up when the old flooring came out & the new flooring went in! 
So don’t worry…I’m not leaving it that way!! 
I also wanted to ask my readers…
those of you with laminate flooring…
What do you guys use to clean your floors with?
Right now, I just get down on my hands & knees with a wet rag to clean the kitchen floor, but now that I am going to have such a large area to clean…
THATS.NOT.GONNA.HAPPEN!
So I need some tips to make the cleaning part easy…
So spill it….
Talk to me people!!
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