Hard Wood Kitchen Flooring: 5 Things to Consider
Wood Flooring can look beautiful in the kitchen, it’s naturally a durable flooring solution and seldom requires replacement providing it is regularly cleaned. We’ve put together a list of some other things to consider when planning to install a wooden floor in your kitchen.
Heat and Moisture
By nature, the kitchen is the one room in your house where the moisture and temperatures can fluctuate drastically during the course of a day. The steam and heat from cooking and other appliances can have a lasting affect on your wood flooring unless if not kept under control. To fight this, you will need to ensure that your kitchen is well ventilated and fitted with extraction fans. Opening a window while cooking will also help to dispel heat and moisture, protecting your wood floor.
Unless you have a utility room, the kitchen is usually home to your washing machine and dishwasher. If these are plumbed in correctly then they shouldn’t cause a problem, but the risk of a leak is always there. A significant leak has the potential to damage any type of kitchen floor but just bear in mind that water can warp wood if it isn’t cleaned away quickly. To combat this, every so often you should check your appliances for leaks to avoid any unwanted surprises.
There’s also your oven to think about. Most modern, fitted ovens are well-insulated and unlikely to cause issues. However, some traditional floor-mounted ovens produce a lot of heat and could create hotspots. A hotspot may dry out the wood around the area of the oven, causing the planks to shrink and distort, so if this is the case for you, you should keep this in mind before installing a wooden floor in your kitchen.
Another way to help protect your wooden kitchen floor is to choose wood with a lacquered finish. It’s harder wearing than oil and shields the wood at surface-level so liquid and stains can’t penetrate so easily. A lacquered finish is also more hygienic as it helps to prevent a build-up of bacteria in the floor – great for such a practical space.
As with any room in your home, taking good care of your wood floor will ensure it performs to its best and lasts longer. Regular sweeping with a soft bristled broom will help to remove any bits that find their way onto the floor from cooking – these could cause stains or scratches if left around.
With over 20 years of experience supplying and installing top quality retail flooring to a number of different customers, KC Carpets is your first choice for all your shop floor needs. To learn more about our range or to discuss your requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly retail flooring experts today on 01202 679877.