Wood flooring for kitchens is a flexible and stylish option, no matter whether you’re looking to create a rustic look or a state of the art modernist finish. The wood flooring option you choose for your kitchen will depend largely on the final effect you’re trying to create. One of the most important considerations when it comes to choosing the right wood flooring for your kitchen is that your choice will stand up to all the daily temperature and moisture fluctuations your room will throw at it. The expression “if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen” is extremely relevant when it comes to wood flooring!
Given the choice between solid wood and engineered wood flooring, there is no doubt that engineered wood flooring is the better wood flooring choice for kitchens. The nature and stability of an engineered wood floor makes it much more resistant to the highs and lows of temperature and moisture it will encounter in a kitchen than a solid wood floor.
When it comes to installing your engineered wooden floor, particularly in the kitchen, the most suitable method is, without a doubt, nailing or gluing. Both of these methods will help improve the overall stability of the floor.
Once installed, in order to make sure your floor stands up to the wear and tear of being in a kitchen environment, you should make sure that it’s well sealed and finished. Both oil and lacquer are suitable wood flooring finish for this purpose but no matter which you choose, the life and the look of your floor will be greatly improved by making sure that any spills or stains are cleaned up, ideally immediately, but if not as soon as practically possible. It is also important to take every care with plumbing to make sure there are no leaks which, if left, could cause damage to your wooden kitchen floor.
As with all floors, but particularly in the kitchen, regular cleaning is an essential and important part of keeping your floor looking its best. Under normal circumstances, a regular vacuum followed by a light mopping with a damp (not wet) mop will do the trick. For more serious or periodic cleaning, you might want to invest in a specialist wood floor cleaning solution which you’ll be able to buy from any good DIY or hardware shop or from your wood floor supplier.