Published at Saturday, 02 February 2019. Kitchen Floors. By Gerda Andersen.
Mosaic tile came on the scene in the United States in the 1860s and remained popular well into the 20th century. Most commonly seen in bathrooms, it is also a legitimate choice for kitchens. Choices range from classic 1" hexagons and penny rounds (often with inlays or borders) to more sophisticated patterns such as herringbone, double basketweave, and pentagon. Think of them as tile rugs and you have got the idea. For the most authentic look and a slip-resistant surface, choose mosaic tiles with a matte finish.
Hardwood flooring is a good choice if you are looking for something warm and earthy. It is strong and can stand up to wear and tear, as long as you keep it clean and care for it properly. Do not let water pool on hardwood floors for too long and you will not have any lasting signs of damage or stains.
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.
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