Published at Wednesday, 16 January 2019. Kitchen Floors. By Gerda Andersen.
At Carpet Direct, it is no secret that we love a good rug, especially in spaces that boast a lot of hard surface flooring. Rugs are a great way to add some color and personality to your kitchen floors without having to spend a lot of money. We suggest choosing a rug that complements your flooring choice and current decor in your kitchen. Stay away from fuzzy shag rugs that are hard to clean.
Installing new vinyl, cork, or linoleum flooring in an old house usually means laying it over an existing floor. If that is the case, do not rip out the old floor if there is any chance that it contains asbestos. Instead, lay down new 3⁄8" smooth-face plywood before tackling the tiles or sheet goods (remove the kickboards from lower cabinets and scribe shallow cuts as necessary around door frames).
Wood floors are an old-house staple—but in the harsh environment of the kitchen, wood will splinter, flake, and warp when exposed repeatedly to water. That's why early Americans quickly learned to seal wood floors with whatever was available, from homemade paint to wax and tung oil. Similarly, Victorian homeowners jumped at the chance to install water-resistant materials like linoleum and mosaic tile as soon as they became widely available in the last quarter of the 19th century.
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