The kitchen is the most trafficked area in a house; spilling, stomping and running, your kitchen takes it all. But with regular maintenance and by using the right wood and finish you can have durable wooden flooring in your kitchen.
Here are a few things that you might want to consider before getting your kitchen wooden floored.
The best species of wood for Kitchen
When flooring your kitchen, it is advisable to always for the hardest wood. Oak and ash are some of the strongest native wood species used in the making of wooden floors. The greatest advantage of using these species is that their beautiful and heavy graining and delicate texture not only make your kitchen floor beautiful but it also helps camouflage the small scratches and dents that are bound to occur over time.
There are other stronger wood species available in the market like Jatoba and Santos Mahogany, but the main disadvantage of using them is that they tend to change colour and darken over time. Also, they are very susceptible to humidity fluctuations.
The best wood finishes for Kitchen
Wooden floors in the kitchen need to have a protective coating to prevent the absorption of moisture and stains. Although most of the wood floor finishes available, today are suitable for kitchens, using a water-based clear finish is often recommended because they preserve the wood’s colour and can be easily re-coated. The best water-based finish is a factory-applied, acrylic-impregnated finish that diffuses through the wood instead of just staying on the surface. Although acrylic coated floors are more expensive, they are stronger and require less maintenance. Also using satin sheen finish helps disguise dirt timber vanity tops.
Polyurethane lacquer finishes are very strong and durable. They are more than enough for any home interior. But, if there is too much damage, then parts of the floor or in some cases the entire section will have to be replaced. The parts near the sink, the stove, and the fridge are most vulnerable to damages from drops and spills. You can use rugs to secure these parts.
UV-cured oil finishes are not as durable as lacquers, but the benefit of an oil finish is that the damaged areas can be fixed or restored quickly. Spot repairs can be made by using sanding paper. An oil-finished hardwood floor is a suitable option for a kitchen where the spills are cleaned up immediately.
Matching kitchen cabinets with wooden floors
The kitchen looks appealing when the floor and the cabinets have contrasting looks. For example, if you opt for a dark floor, you may want cabinets painted in a light colour or made from a light wood.
Maintaining Hardwood Floors in a Kitchen
• As mentioned kitchen floors are going to suffer water spillage and staining so it is necessary that these wooden floors are given a couple of coatings of the sealing agent to prevent moisture penetration.