Published at Tuesday, 29 January 2019. Kitchen Floors. By Gerda Andersen.
To protect a linoleum or cork floor, apply a good quality floor wax. The wax helps prevent water from entering the seams and weakening the adhesive. Clean with a vinegar and water solution. Damp-mop only to prevent water from penetrating into the seams. Since floor wax yellows over time, use a wax stripper occasionally and recoat with new wax.
Linoleum is still made using the original formula, which includes cork and linseed oil. Cork, grown on the tree of the same name, is almost wholly natural. Vinyl composition tile (VCT) is typically made of polyvinyl chloride chips, in a blend that usually includes a hefty percentage (20 to 25) of recycled or natural materials like limestone.
Use a professional floor filler, such as Dependable, to fill and smooth out joints in the plywood before installing the new floor. If there is not at least ½" of clearance between the existing floor and the bottom of your cabinets, you may be a candidate for a floating floor. Once the subfloor is smooth, level, and dry, you are ready to plan the layout. If you envision a more ambitious floor—using tile in historically correct 9" x 9" squares or with an inlay design, for instance—you may want to opt for sheet goods to minimize waste.
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