Published at Wednesday, August 23rd 2017. by Roesia Bonnet in Kitchen Floor.
If your kitchen encounters frequent food spills and the pitter-patter of kids or pets, this durable surface may be the solution. Laminate mimics the look of hardwood or tile and comes with a lower price tag. The surface resists stains and scratches, and cleanup is a snap. Unlike wood, it doesn't gain character and can't be sanded.
Linoleum was out of vogue for a long time but it's making a comeback thanks to its eco-friendly and health-conscious qualities. Linoleum is made from natural materials, including linseed oil, wood resins and flour, and pigments. It's biodegradable and recyclable. Linoleum's surface repels dust and dirt for a floor that's hypoallergenic.
Tough Enough? Bamboo floors are long lasting and durable, but they can scratch and dent. Keep pets' nails clipped, and be careful when holding heavy items. How to Clean. Wipe up spills immediately. Sweep, dust, or vacuum regularly, and occasionally wipe the surface with a damp mop or cloth.
Though all require sealing, cork flooring can be left natural, stained, or even painted for a variety of shade options. Some cork floors come prefinished, while others are finished on site. Choose from a variety of finish options, including wax, polyurethane, and vinyl coatings.
Laminate requires underlayment to serve as a moisture barrier and muffle sound. Specially designed underlayment even makes laminate sound more like hardwood when it is walked on. Wood-look laminate is available in a variety of colors from blond to black. Tile-look laminate comes in a range of earthy neutrals for an authentic look.
Vinyl flooring comes in three basic forms. Offer a seamless look and comes in a variety of colors, designs, and patterns. Emulate ceramics and can be arranged in any pattern. Some manufacturers now offer vinyl tiles that can be used with color-coordinated grout, making them look even more like tile.