1. +1 This is the way. Cleaning will make an amazing improvement. Anything else will be too permanent for the landowner. The reason that tile is in there is because they got tired of replacing carpet with every tenant or tenants with pets kept ruining carpets. That is business-grade tile you'd find in a restaurant kitchens and is super durable. If you don't want to see the tile then get wall-to-wall carpet where any seams in the carpet needed are stitched and carpet back is taped for durability (find remnants or a couple of area rugs without patterns to cut, attach, and fit). Then when you move out either leave if in good condition or roll up and toss -- remnants will be a much cheaper option than typical 'area rugs' or any click together floating flooring will be. A couple pieces of heavy furniture will anchor a 'floating' carpet.

  2. I agree with this. The person you rented this from probably didn't do anything on purpose because they were hedging their bets on the fact that any self respecting business that rents the spot will want different floors. In other words, they neglected it because they figured a renter would replace it for them and they wouldn't have to pay as much for renovations by mitigating the cost of ret or whatever

  3. If it's for a business I think throw rugs are a bad idea. They can bunch up and become a tripping hazard.

  4. I’m going to be an outlier maybe but I really like them. Cleaned up, scrubbed down, regrouted, with the right plants and rugs and furniture, they could be charming.

  5. I agree, but there’s no way I’m regrouping a rental. You’re doing that improvement for your landlord on your dime, and if you mess up and leave grout haze or the landlord just doesn’t like the fact that you did it you’re on the hook financially.

  6. Yes. Luxury vinyl tiles. They are durable, cheep and easy to install. If the owner doesn't like them when you move on, they just lift out.

  7. Talk to the owner and see if he’d give you a discount on the rent if you fix up the place, tell him you’d start with the floor, get tile cleaner from the hardware store, apply it, wait a couple of hours and with a coarse push broom give it a good scrub, then apply sealer. (Or rent a buffer from the hardware store)

  8. Definitely clean them up and get some wool rugs! No way I’d go through the hassle of laying new floor on top. Love the orange, really

  9. I love the floor, looks like it just needs to be cleaned up. I wouldn’t bother changing it if looks is the issue. Get some high-durability rugs and forget about it

  10. Thank you everyone for the great responses!! With all of this helpful encouragement l'm going to clean + buff these floors and hopefully they'll look presentable with some good rugs. It is a hair + makeup studio and l'm going for a organic, natural but modern feel so I think these could add to it! l'Il post an update soon :)

  11. Best question yet- what type of business? Flooring applications vary on purpose- even some of the best lvp water resistant floors are based on a dog pissing or a spilt glass of milk- not a humid environment-

  12. LVP it - make sure you clean first then put a great pad under your LVP so there’s no scraping done when you leave. Any trim you use just nail gun it in and then patch it like you would any hole repair when you leave.

  13. Thin laminate flooring. Cheap. Easy to install(which means you can probably do it yourself if you're brave enough). There are a variety of options also so there's a good chance you'll find something you like.

  14. Clean with a high gloss shine makes the tile really pop. Being a lease you don't want to invest to much

  15. Rent a floor scrubber at Home Depot and spend $50. LVT is at least $3 sq/ft, for $50 you'd only get 17 sq/ft and that won't be nearly enough.

  16. Throw some vinyl plank flooring over it. Looks good. Cheap and easy to install. Even easier to tear out at a later point if necessary.

  17. Check if the floor is level in multiple areas, if within the lines it's ok. If not use self leveling subfloor mix. On the lower side. Mix it soupy but not too wet. Then throw down a floating floor

  18. Put down luxury plank vinyl - it’s a “floating” floor so it can be removed easily whenever you leave if the landlord doesn’t want it. It looks great, is super durable, and is very easy to install even for a novice (I’m not handy at all and installed some in my rental apartment all by myself with barely a utility knife and no other tools). I used the Allure grip strip brand from Home Depot and it’s a very good price for good quality.

  19. That looks like a quarry tile floor! Classic! Don’t slap cheap ass vinyl on top of it. Check out Liberty Cafe in Vancouver to see it in a hip context. You will not find lvp in a hip context.

  20. Wow, what an amazing space. Check out versoflor.com and make it your own. Lee Johnston just renovated his garage and it looks epic... Check out his latest YouTube video and see for yourself:

  21. Just clean those bad boys up. A good scrap and scrub, those puppies could look like new. And all you will spend is some time and elbow grease. Some nice color contrast on the walls and potted plants That floor has potential.

  22. Sweep and mop. Also, if you're paying to rent your landlord should do it/should have done it. Perhaps they won't reimburse you to have them professionally cleaned? But those tiles are dope! I wouldn't do anything to cover those up.

  23. Click laminat floor, its pretty cheep and very easy to install. I did mine and i have zero experience in these things

  24. Terra Cotta floors...we have them in our entryway. Shop vac the worst of it, then mop it, then steam mop it. It'll look like new. Then toss a decent throw rug over it; mandala print rugs look alright on this kind of tile and you can get them fairly cheap from target, we got runner rugs for our entryway with that pattern and it was much cheaper and easier than redoing those floors (especially knowing we're saving to renovate the whole house and the tile is going away anyways).

  25. Don't cover these!! They could be beautiful and look to be in pretty good shape. Dawn and vinegar, a deck brush, and cute throw rugs are all you need.

  26. Those look like 9” vinyl from before the asbestos ban (can’t confirm without being there, the video on my cell isn’t clear enough). If they are, I would break the lease before I spent the money for the abatement. If this is ceramic (and you like the color) a professional tile company can clean using “tile cleaning crystals” and make them look nearly new. You could DIY and maybe get similar results. There are a few good instructional videos, but the hard thing is mostly waiting (for the chemicals to work) and elbow grease. The pros have all the great tools, and would be done in a day or two.

  27. Give a nice clean and see how they look! But I’ve used vinyl peel and stick floors before on tiles and it turned out great. If it isn’t flat enough for the vinyl floors, a bunch of rugs would give a cool vibe 😎

  28. Talk to LL to make sure you’re allowed to. Also, you can ask for a TI (tenant improvement) credit for new floors etc. I assume this is a smaller property and the owner is the broker? I deal with institutional investors but if this is an owner leased/managed building see if he will throw in new floors for like 8months more rent and sign an amendment for the agreement.

  29. Go rent a floor buffer to scour then wax. They will look awesome. Landlord may be willing to pitch in the cost of renting the buffer in exchange for you doing the work. Worth asking.

  30. Get the Square footage. Go to a local flooring store's Cash and carry section and pick up click together LVT and float a floor on top of it. It's low enough that LVT wouldn't cause issues with the doors, it's easy to install and should be really affordable considering your buying overstock. You might have to check a few stores to find the LVT you want, but that seems like the best choice.

  31. Ask the owner if he will reimburse if you Hire a professional to clean them because they are unusable in their current condition.

  32. I'd say clean up the tile, it's got a great vibe. If you're not feeling it though, check out LifeProof vinyl! It's a little on the pricier side (though Home Depot usually seems to have a color or three on clearance at any given moment), but it's relatively easy to install and doesn't involve doing anything to the floor below, as long as its more-or-less level. They've got wood-look options, as well as some really luxury looking rectangular tiles with "built-in" grout lines. Fully waterproof, and features realistic texture.

  33. If you plan on being there a while and don’t mind spending a bit, put down LVP flooring, super easy to install, can put it right over the tile and doesn’t require and holes or glue

  34. Clean it really good and put some of Catalina Chemical’s floor finish on it and it’ll look brand new. Had a similar project myself awhile back and it came out great.

  35. Those look like Saltillo tiles which are beautiful and not cheap either, fwiw. I would look up how to clean Saltillo tile. I’m not sure what your business is but some boho-style rugs and plants with that nice natural light and that tile could make for a really beautiful space!!

  36. Either get an area rug/carpet or vinyl planks from floor store. Or get some laminate from lowes or Home Depot that you can cut to size and put on top it or get a piece of carpet and cut it to size. Carpet is better because it’s easier to get up after you leave whe vinyl you have to glue to the floor. Ask you landlord bout it and see what they say is ok to do, by you redoing floor you made it better than before and they may take money off your rent. I guess the you need to decide what will be best for the type of work you are doing. I hope you are able to use something that you like as well as it is easy to clean

  37. If you could peel up the tile, break it, you could rearrange them, buff it. Will break up the monotony and have an interesting 'art' piece. Else, I'd recommend re-tile with a more vibrant tile.

  38. Look into Putting down a laminate floor many color options and a huge amount options in pricing options

  39. You can also look into stick on carpet and vinyl tiles. They might not be very durable, but they're cheap, removable and easily replaced.

  40. Painting and tiling are probably your worst options unless you get specific instructions saying you are allowed to. Probably a cheap floating floor would be your best options because you can take it back up when you are no longer renting the space without doing any damage to the floor underneath. Or even some loose lay vinyl or some strategically placed area rugs sorta deal.

  41. First get it cleaned up, it may change your perspective. And rugs can go a long way. I’d do that before investing money into a property I don’t own

  42. As other people have said this floor just needs to be cleaned. My guarantee you if it's latex paint it'll come off of that floor quite easy. that being said there are some paint removing products that will make it come off even quicker. But I know for a fact I could make that floor look a 100% better just by giving it a good scrubbing. And if you really don't like the carpeting custom fit and just bind all the edges so it can roll up and take it out easily without any floor tags.

  43. I really like them and I like the idea of cleaning, then adding throw rugs. You may also want to consider adding a glossy seal over them to bring out the color and protect them. You could also install a decorative trim and maybe build a bench seat to cover the unit and ventilation along the wall.

  44. Milk, and as much of it as you can get your hands on. You’ll need at least a 1 inch milk covering to float all of the cereal (your choice here on the cereal, but I prefer the chocolate donut captain crunch)

  45. Carpet tiles, simply roll on glue, pressure sensitive, with a paint roller, let dry snap a center point and lay down your carpet tile. Very simple to replace if damage occurs and pull them up when you leave if you feel like being cheap. The glue dries clear so it’s not to noticeable after a while of wear.

  46. You can rent some floor cleaning tools like a steamer and a buffer for pretty cheap. That should make a big difference as is, but if you add some throw rugs over it, it’ll pull the place together nicely. However, throw rugs can be quite expensive, but if you take care of them you can take them with you to the next place.

  47. Commercial landlords dont' do interior improvements often. They are responsible for upkeep of the building in the most rudimentary ways depending on the kind of lease. It's like no one here knows much about commercial property but will answer the question anyway. Not sure why someone would when they don't know much if anything? Look at your lease. What can you change? I used to do TIs (tenant improvements) and we would sometimes gut the interior and completely rebuild it. Sometimes cosmetics but still invasive including new floors. Check your lease. It isn't always because "evil landlord" is lazy. It's how commercial leases work. Some people can not get through life without hating someone. Weird. Again check your lease but the easiest thing is to clean the floors and paint the walls. Those floors are in decent shape in reality. Dont like tile? Have it carpeted. Don't like carpet lay a floating laminate floor. There are many DIY options but check your lease. it spells out what you can and can't do.

  48. They're a bit dirty but other than that they seem to be in great shape. I'd clean them and get some carpeting.

  49. Depends what your business is. If there is going to be food prep this is the floor you want. If it’s an insurance office you could do floating laminate or carpet. What’s you level of daily mess, staining potential or traffic?

  50. These tiles are amazing and just need to be cleaned. Not sure what kind of business you have but if you hire someone to clean them up, throw some cool rugs down, you’ve got some instant warmth!

  51. Just clean them and apply a white grout. Terracotta tiles can be great with the right decor/ design.

  52. I’d start with a basic cleaning. That will make a huge difference. If there are any problem areas after that, then just lay down a throw rug.

  53. If you are concerned with the appearance to attract customers, an alternative to tile is vinyl.. the current popular look is the hardwood plank vinyl. They are about 8”x 24”. Easy to install.

  54. Laminate plank floating floor. Incredibly easy, durable, removable, and cost effective if you don’t get too booshie.

  55. I keep trying to figure out what’s wrong with them? Just wash and maybe polish them and don’t add unnecessary expenses to your businesses bottom line.

  56. Clean, you can probably scratch off dried paint with a paint scraper (carefully) or use Goof Off to get it off. These can probably be saved. Are rugs will cover anything too ghastly.

  57. Scrub it with washing soap and tsp, a few table spoons of tsp per gallon of water and scrub to break up grease, then use washing soda to mop/sweep it all into 1 area and scoop it up, then rinse with water.

  58. Thank you everyone for the great responses!! With all of this helpful encouragement I’m going to clean + buff these floors and hopefully they’ll look presentable with some good rugs. It is a hair + makeup studio and I’m going for a organic, natural but modern feel so I think these could add to it! I’ll post an update soon :)

  59. Oriental rug guy here….a 2nd hand Karastan Serapi or a Indian hand made knockoff Serapi would look the balls in that room.

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