Choosing From Various Kitchen Flooring Options

Is it time to remodel your kitchen? Even if it is not time to remodel your entire kitchen, replacing the kitchen floor can give your kitchen a whole new life. The hard part about redoing the kitchen floor is choosing from the numerous kitchen flooring options. With the many different options there are to choose from, how are you supposed to decide what one is best? What I want to do in this article is to give you some information on different options you can choose from.

Like all home improvement projects, the way to determine the best kitchen flooring for you is to look at the pros and cons of each option. Something else to look at when deciding is what kind of budget you are working with; some flooring is going to be more expensive than others are. Finally, you will want to look at whether you are installing the kitchen flooring yourself or going to hire a contractor to do it for you. The good news is all of the kitchen flooring options can be put in without the help of a contractor, as long as you have the knowledge and tools required to get the job done.

Tile Flooring Tips
One of the most popular choices for kitchen flooring tile. One of the best things about tile is how many different looks you can create with it, due to the variety of tiles available to purchase for your floors. Travertine tiles are among the most popular and come in a variety of colors and shapes, but you can also use French Roof Tiles to give your kitchen a very rustic look. Not to mention, tile is a great choice because of how beautiful it looks, but how long it maintains that beauty, and if you glaze your floor, the beauty will last even longer.

Many people are under the impression that tile adds to the value of a home appraisal, but that really just depends on who is valuing your home. Even though it might not add any monetary value to your home, tile flooring does have many other added benefits. Tile is probably one of the most durable floor options, but you still have t be careful because it can chip or break. Tile flooring is also one of the easiest floors to clean, not to mention it is easy to maintain. Maintenance involves a rubber pronged broom or soft dust mop and a damp mop. Floors must be swept regularly and spills will need to be cleaned up as soon as they happen. Never wait until your floors are so dirty that you cannot stand them anymore!

All tile floors can be cleaned with a damp mop and warm water, wring out the mop at least once, but twice is best. If a cleaner is needed for stone tiles you will want to use dishwashing soap and warm water, vinyl tiles one cup of vinegar mixed with one gallon of water is the preferred choice, and for ceramic tiles you can use a capful of rubbing alcohol mixed with one gallon of water. The rubbing alcohol and water can also be used to scrub the grout on all tile floors. Stay away from any harsh chemicals as they can eat away at the tile itself.

Despite how easy these floors are to care for there are quite a few drawbacks to them. Tile floors are very slippery when they are wet, which can pose a great danger if you have kids running through your house. Tile floors are also very cold to walk on barefoot, although they work wonderfully with radiant floor heating. Rooms with tile floors are also louder than other rooms because there is nothing on the floor to help absorb the numerous sounds being made. And probably worst of all is how uncomfortable the floors are to stand on for long periods of time, which in the kitchen is often unavoidable.

Vinyl Flooring For The Kitchen
Vinyl kitchen flooring is the most popular option for kitchen floors because of how affordable it is, not to mention how easy it is to install. One of the best things about vinyl flooring is how many different choices there are, and how great most of them look. With vinyl flooring, you can find just about any color allowing you to make your kitchen feel just how you want it. Numerous patterns are also available which allows you to create just the right look. If you are choosing vinyl flooring, you will need to decide between tiles or 12-foot wide sheets. The 12-foot wide sheet is great for small rooms because you get a seamless floor, while the tiles are super easy to install.

Vinyl floors are also very easy to clean and are highly durable. Unlike tile floors, vinyl floors are not going to crack or chip, but they can dent or tear if you are not careful. When it comes to cleaning vinyl floors, you will want to sweep them on a regular basis, especially right before mopping. Sweeping the floors removes any loose dirt or debris that can ruin your floors. To mop the floors you want to use an equal mixture of warm water and vinegar or you can use a neutral pH cleaner. Any other cleaners leave a build up behind causing your floors to look dingy.

Even though vinyl floors are resistant to stains and water you will still want to clean up any spills as soon as they happen. Leaving any liquid behind, whether it is from a mop or a spill, can cause the glue around the edges of the floor to begin lifting, which can also cause mildew. Another advantage to using vinyl for your kitchen floor is it absorbs all sorts of noises making the room quieter than other flooring options, but it is also easy on your feet.

Laminate Floor Products
The best thing about laminate kitchen flooring is that you can replicate wood, tile, and stone floors. Even better is that no matter what option you choose you will not get the disadvantages of that particular floor type. For example, if you purchase laminate flooring that is designed to look just like tile you will get the beauty of the tile, but not the discomfort that comes from standing on the cold hard floor.

Many homeowners choose to go with laminate floors because of how easy they are to install, they can simply be placed over your old flooring, or you can rip up the old floor. Unlike other floor types, laminate floors are scratch resistant, but on the downside if they are damaged you will have to replace your entire floor, laminate cannot be refinished.

One of the worst things about laminate floors is how hard they are to keep clean, it seems like every little thing stands out on them. Luckily, laminate floors are not very hard to clean and they can even be spot cleaned without leaving streaks. While you can use just about any type of floor cleaner on these floors, a homemade one works best. For spot cleaning the floors, fill up a spray bottle with a splash of vinegar, two squirts of dish soap, and some water. Shake it around and you are done. To clean the entire floor mix one cup of vinegar with one gallon of water in a bucket and use a damp mop to clean the floor, wring out the mop at least twice to remove as much water as possible.

With hardwood, you have the choice between solid wood or engineered planks, but no matter which one you choose they look amazing. Hardwood floors come in a variety of different colors due to the different woods used to construct the floor, but you can also change the color of the floor by using stain. Not only do these floors look beautiful in the kitchen they can last a long time if they are properly taken care of.

While hardwood floors are colder to walk on than carpet they are not uncomfortable to stand on. So even after hours of standing in the kitchen, your feet and knees will not hurt as they would if you were standing on tile. How durable these floors are will vary depending on the type of wood used, softer wood is more susceptible to damage and dents, but all woods can easily be scratched. Rather than having to replace the entire floor due to damage, hardwood floors can be refinished.

Hardwood floors must be cleaned carefully because of how susceptible they are to water damage, even just a small amount of water can lead to irreversible damage. Steam mops are a great way to clean your hardwood floors without any harsh chemicals, and they do not leave the floors sopping wet. If you do plan to use a mop and bucket, please see our article about Cleaning Hardwood Floors for more detailed information.

Is Stone Flooring Right For You
Stone floors, which include concrete, slate, granite, marble, and limestone, create some of the most amazing looking kitchen floors, but like tile are very hard to stand on for long periods of time. Despite being uncomfortable and cold to stand on stone floors are pretty much indestructible, granite is the strongest of all the different choices. With how heavy and durable stone floors are it only makes sense that in order to install it you will need a heavy-duty subfloor.

With how beautiful these floors are due to the different colors and patterns of the stones you want to do everything that you can to keep them clean. Certain floors, such as concrete, are prone to stains because of how porous it is. Marble also absorbs dirt, but is also easily damaged by chlorine and other acidic cleaners.

When cleaning your stone floors you want to avoid using any acidic-based cleaners, no matter how tempting it might be never use vinegar to clean your stone floors. The reason for this is that the acidic cleaners will eat through the finish and end up etching the floor. If you use a cleaning product, always use a neutral pH product. Sweep your floors regularly and clean up any spills as soon as they occur. When cleaning up spills use a clean terry cloth and some lukewarm water. One of the best things about stone floors is they only need to be washed down every few months. When you do wash it down use mild dish soap and lukewarm water, wring the mop out at least twice to damp mop the floors. Once you are done you must dry the floor with either paper towels or a clean, dry terry cloth.

New Cork Flooring
If you are looking to go green with your kitchen remodel cork floors are a great idea. Cork floors are probably the softest floors to walk on, which means no aching feet or knees at the end of a long day of cooking. Like many other floor choices, you can find cork in a variety of colors and patterns, allowing you to tie it in with your remodeling project. They can also be found unsealed or polyurethane-sealed.

Perhaps the biggest problem with cork floors is they are not very durable, making them a bad choice for families with kids or just people who are hard on their floors. Cork floors are also very difficult to clean, requiring a lot more work than other floor choices, so if you are prone to spilling or dropping food and liquids you might want to reconsider this choice. Cleaning the floors is going to require sweeping, mopping with a soft mop and warm water, as well as sealing the floors on a regular basis. When mopping a cork floor you can use mild dish soap, but only 5 drops because more than that will cause the soap to leave a film on the floors. Always mop in a circular direction and allow the floor to air dry or dry it by hand with a chamois.

No matter which of these kitchen flooring ideas you like best you are going to need to learn how to take care of them. Each floor type requires special care and maintenance to keep it looking its best. Improper care of your new kitchen floor can lead to replacing your floor before you are ready, whether it is from mold, mildew or lifting tiles.

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