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Which floor to choose for the kitchen?


Which floor to choose for the kitchen?

Do you like the incomparable charm of parquet flooring? Be careful to choose it carefully because the floor of a kitchen is often put to the test. Type of wood, finish, installation… Our advice to make the right choices.

In a kitchen, the floor is often mishandled: splashes, shocks, grease, wine and coffee stains, repeated visits… This is why we generally prefer tiles, which are less fragile and easy to clean. Your parquet floor is likely to suffer, so you must choose it carefully.

What type of flooring to choose in a kitchen?

Solid, glued, laminated … Today the choice in the parquet department is vast, but it is mainly the type of wood and finish that will make the difference over its life.

    What type of wood to choose? In a kitchen, you should choose a hard wood, such as oak, beech or acacia, which are very resistant to shocks and repeated use. Some exotic species (merbau, iroko or wenge) are also interesting, but beware of dark woods that are sensitive to scratches and wear. 

    Which finish? In general, we opt for vitrified or oiled parquet. A varnish provides better protection against stains because it forms a protective film on the surface, but it will tend to scratch and mark more easily. In a kitchen, it is better to choose an oiled parquet floor, which guarantees excellent resistance to dirt and humidity. Another advantage: if the wood is stained or deteriorated, it is easy to sand and re-oil the damaged parts.

    Laminate flooring. Nowadays, there are many beautiful wood imitations available. Laminate flooring is easy to maintain and also offers good resistance, but cannot be renovated if damaged.

Which parquet flooring should I choose?

In a kitchen, you should choose a glued installation. More durable, it also ensures better waterproofing, a good point in this room. With a floating parquet, you will take care to run a silicone seal along the skirting boards to prevent water infiltration. Wood being a living material, it works. This is why we generally leave what is called an expansion gap along the walls, which makes it more flexible but less watertight. 

How to protect and maintain the parquet floor in the kitchen?

A specific treatment in addition to the one already carried out by the manufacturer is, in general, not necessary. However, on an oiled parquet floor, a light coat of maintenance oil can be applied after installation to repair any scratches or small snags.

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On a daily basis, clean stains immediately to prevent them from marking the wood. Every week, apply a special parquet maintenance soap at the time of cleaning, using a mop, which will regenerate the oil layer. Finally, as soon as your parquet shows signs of wear and tear and becomes matt, it is advisable to reapply a protective layer of oil.

How much does a kitchen floor cost?

The cost will of course depend on the surface of your kitchen and the wood chosen. From 20 dollars/m² upwards, prices can go up to more than 150 dollars. You can expect to pay between 30 dollars and 50 dollars/m² for an oak floor. Then, criteria such as the sophistication of the finish, or the ease of installation, can push up the price.