Hardwood floors are consistently a favorite among homeowners, because they simply never go out of style. They provide a natural, classic beauty to every room in the home. While you might not typically see wood floors in a kitchen, they do stand up to stains and spills quite well and can add a beautiful flow depending on the other décor in your kitchen.
Here are a few things you need to know or consider before putting down hardwood floors in your kitchen:
How to clean it. Whenever something spills on hardwood floor you should wipe it up immediately. You should regularly dust, vacuum or sweep the floors and occasionally wipe them down with a damp cloth or mop. Additionally, avoid oil-based polishes, waxes and sprays, and do not use abrasive cleansers.
Underlayment. Hardwood floors aren’t the most comfortable type of floor to stand on for long periods of time, but you can add a little bit of cushion by using underlayment products. These products provide a nice base for the floor to limit the amount of noise it makes when you walk on it and to add some extra insulation. Common underlayment materials include cork and foam. If your kitchen is particularly prone to moisture you might opt for plastic- or vinyl-lined underlayments.
Making it last. When hardwood floors are treated correctly, they can last a lifetime. But if you leave standing water, have pets with sharp claws or walk on the floor with high heels, you’ll need to engage in more regular maintenance. You might also consider window treatments to avoid sunlight damage to the floors.
How to choose. The four main factors you’ll look at when choosing your wood are the species of the wood (which makes a difference for graining, hardness and color), width of the planks, texture and color.
Types of wood floors. Do you want a solid hardwood floor milled from a single piece of wood, or do you want an engineered hardwood floor made by bonding various layers of hardwood together? These are the two main categories, and it’s really up to personal preference.
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