If you’re planning to lay wood flooring in your kitchen, ensure you are informed about the things that come with natural wood. It’s not a traditional preference for a kitchen; however, wood flooring is trending in today’s kitchens. Learn more about the variety of wood flooring, installation process, and maintenance to minimize potential damages.
Trendy Wood Flooring in Your Kitchen
Wood flooring is currently trending to produce a visually smooth transition between the kitchen and another room. In addition, wood has a warm sensation underfoot, unlike porcelain or ceramic tile. However, it’s essential to consider the downsides of installing wood flooring in your kitchen since it is still a spill-prone area.
Ensure Your Wood Flooring is Water Resistance
Furthermore, wood and water don’t complement each other. Think about your family’s habits. If liquid spills are rare, wood flooring in your kitchen should be fine as long as you apply a polyurethane sealant every couple of years. Although water-based and oil-based adhesives are available, a good quality oil-based sealant will offer the most protection. However, some oil-based sealants require up to a day to dry before you can step on the floor.
Unfinished Planks for Kitchen Flooring
In addition, the easiest way to put wood flooring is to buy prefinished planks. These planks provide a finished floor appearance as soon as they are installed. But they are not preferred for kitchens. The bevels on the edge of the planks have small tracks between the boards that let spills run down between the planks.
Instead, opt for unfinished planks for the wood flooring in your kitchen. The entire surface can be stained, sanded, and sealed after the planks are laid down. In addition, unfinished planks provide better protection against spills.
Keeping Your Kitchen Flooring in Excellent Condition
Moreover, the following maintenance tips will help your kitchen flooring look its best:
- Wipe up any spills right away.
- Use a soft cotton dust mop or a broom with soft rubber bristles to remove crumbs.
- Avoid using a steam floor cleaner because it can damage the wood.
- Also, prevent scratches on the floor by adding furniture pads on the bottoms of kitchen tables and chairs.
- Prevent water damage by regularly inspecting for any water leaks under the sink and around the fridge or dishwasher.
- In addition, use floor mats or rugs to protect the wood flooring in high traffic areas.
- Lastly, place a sheet of thin plywood under the appliance that you will be sliding across the wood floor.
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