Nonslip floor surfaces are mandatory in the kitchen because of the frequency of spills and water on the floor. The kitchen surface must be safe to walk on. Many ideal options are available to use on your kitchen floor, including vinyl, ceramic, cork and rubber. Even wood can be used, although it is not as ideal as the others options. With so many design choices available, a nonslip kitchen floor can be an attractive addition to your home.
Vinyl tile is a common and inexpensive choice for use in kitchens. It is nonslip and fairly easy to clean and maintain. Sweeping and lightly damp mopping will keep it looking pretty for years. Vinyl is easy to stand on for long periods because of its natural cushion. Vinyl has come a long way from the plain styles of the past and is available in a variety of patterns, textures and colors that you can mix and match for a custom look. Vinyl tile is relatively easy to lay; most come with a self adhesive backing so you can just peel and press. One drawback to vinyl tile is the edge seam. Dirt and debris can get stuck in the cracks if the tile is not butted up correctly.
With a long history of use in kitchens, most ceramic tile is coated with a nonslip surface, which makes it convenient for kitchen use. Make certain the ceramic tile you choose has enough strength for floor application. Ceramic tile comes in many attractive colors and patterns; a kitchen can be all one color, or you can design a pattern for your floor using different colors and sizes. Ceramic tile also has a hard surface, which makes it sanitary and nonabsorbent. The grout can get dirty, so it should be sealed after installation.
Cork tile is gaining popularity as a surface for kitchen floors because of its environmental qualities. Cork tiles are nonslip, making them ideal for use in the kitchen. They are soft to walk on in bare feet and easy on the back when you have to stand for long periods. Cork tiles resist denting, reduce noise, are durable and easy to clean. Cork tiles come in a variety of colors, from honey tones to dark browns, and will coordinate with most kitchen decor. Cork can be damaged if flooded, but occasional wetness will not harm it. Cork does need to be sealed after installation, but once that is accomplished, it is easy to maintain.
Once used strictly for commercial spaces, rubber tile is now extending into the home. Many rubber tiles are made from recycled materials, which make them a favorite for green homes. It is naturally nonslip, soft and resilient for standing for long periods and is very durable. Rubber tiles come in many bright colors to give you a cheery, upbeat kitchen. Some rubber tiles do have an odor; be aware of this before you make a purchase.
Although not an ideal option for the kitchen, wood tile can be used effectively. Wood tile is nonslip and soft and warm underfoot. Wood must resealed regularly to avoid water damage and will discolor if it gets wet or stained with food spills. If this happens, it can be sanded and refinished several times, but this entails a lot of expense and inconvenience. If there is a leak, wood can buckle and warp. Many homeowners like the look of wood in the kitchen, however, and are willing to put up with these maintenance details.
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