Your Quick-Step Guide To Kitchen Floors

Your kitchen see’s you at your cleanest and dirtiest. From a routine cup of tea through to a fancy family feast, you need to rely on your floors and be confident they can withstand all the spills and thrills that go to ground. To help navigate the choice conundrum, we’ve put together a quick-step guide to the inns and outs of Kitchen flooring options.

 

Best Kitchen Flooring

 

Hardwood Happy

Hardwoods like our oak, mahogany and blackbutt floors are ideal choices for your kitchen floor. They’re reliably hard wearing and are fairly resistant to all the spills and stains that come with cooking. Aside from its durability, the major upside to hardwood is that you can sand and restain the surface to create a fresh, clean look. The only faux pas under foot is that standing for hours on solid hardwood can get tiring.

 

Lovely Laminate

Floating laminate flooring is a great cost effective alternative to hardwood floors. It’s incredibly hardy, easy to install and a makes a great choice for apartments. There are more colour and texture options to choose from in laminate flooring, so matching it to an existing interior is easier than with hardwood floors. It’s incredibly easy to clean and makes for an extremely low maintenance yet durable kitchen flooring option.

 

Bamboo Bonus

Bamboo Flooring is a great environmentally friendly choice for your kitchen. Even though it’s technically a grass, don’t underestimate the resilience of bamboo; it can take on the dirtiest of kitchens. Slightly softer than hardwood, it’s easier on the feet and a pleasure to stand on for lengthy periods of time. As a completely natural surface, bamboo is prone to dents, scratches and moisture. A waterproof underlay is essential, especially in a wet room like the kitchen.

 

Comfortable Cork

Cork flooring is the most comfy of all the flooring options. Soft and springy, it’s an impact-friendly floor for your back and legs and also cushions the blow when you when you drop your favourite porcelain mug. Made from the bark of the cork oak tree, this flooring option is naturally unaffected by heat, water and mould. Like hardwood floors, when the surface starts to fade or show wear and tear, simply refinish the surface to refresh the look.

 

Floor Mania know that knowledge and experience make the difference between a good and a great kitchen flooring choice. With square-edged floors collecting less food and dirt than their beveled brothers and direct sunlight factoring into floor choice; the devil is in the details. We’ll help you find the smartest way to a fabulous floor with the right balance of comfort, value, durability and aesthetic.

Four Floors For Furry Friends

Australians really love their animal amigos.

In fact, the country boasts one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world.

Over 63% of Aussie households include a furry friend. Because four (and two) legged friends tend to be harder on floors than us humans, the constant pitter-patter of paws can cause some nasty wear and tear.

Unless you’re prepared to parade your pooch around socks or lay down plenty of rugs, you’ll need to pick a pet-friendly floor to keep your home and animals happy.

 

If you own animals, a pet friendly floor is a must

 

 Why Hardwood?

Hardwood (or solid timber) floors are popular flooring products, but there’s bad news – they’re very not pet-friendly, particularly in homes with animals that haven’t been potty trained.

Solid timber tends to soak up moisture; repeated ‘accidents’ can cause long-term damage to your floors, leaving odd odors and stains.

 

 

USE: Set on hardwood?  The tougher the wood, the more likely it will withstand the active life of a household pet. Oak, Cherry, Mahogany, and Jarrah are all ideal timber species for pet-friendly homes, but be sure to check the Janka Hardness Scale before selecting a floor.

AVOID: Softer woods like pine and chestnut, which tend to be more absorbent to stains and scratches.

 


If you already have hardwood floors, don’t fret; you can get a urethane coating to add an extra layer between pet paws and the surface of your timber planks.

The Laminate Lowdown

Affordable and easy to install, laminate floors are popular for short-notice DIY projects, rental homes, and apartment units. Unlike hardwood, laminate won’t soak up moisture from indoor pet accidents, but doesn’t offer the decades of durability that homeowners would see with solid timber floors. Despite being easy to maintain, note that laminate can tear easily and generally last 10-15 years.

 

Brilliant Bamboo

 

Tougher than the hardest of hardwoods, Bamboo is the perfect flooring choice for people and pets alike. It’s incredibly robust, which means it can handle loads of foot traffic from both two and four legged housemates. It’s also the “greener” choice compared the most flooring options thanks to its renewable, long-lasting nature. Bamboo flooring is superbly stain resistant, protecting you against accidental spills during potty training.

 

What About Cork?

Cork is almost a super-floor. This hardwearing flooring hero helps insulate your home and is made from environmentally friendly, entirely sustainable material. As a natural antimicrobial, cork improves indoor air quality by prohibiting airborne spores (like mold) to contaminate your home. Its sound-absorbing qualities enables cork flooring to reduce the sound of midnight pitter-patter of active pets, and is soft underfoot for paws and feet alike.

Which floor do you think is most pet-friendly? Let us know in the comments below!