What Type of a Wood Floor is Best for My Kitchen?

Wood Species
Go with the hardest species you can find. Oak and ash are some of the strongest domestic wood species used in the manufacture of wood floors. Rich grain and exquisite texture of these species will not only make the floor look beautiful and unique, but also help disguise small dents and scratches that are bound to occur over time.

Surface Texture
Wood floors with a light texture and a polished finish are gorgeous, but will they look just as spotlessly perfect after a few pots, pans, and jars have been dropped on your floor? Probably not, which is why highly textured wood species and wire brushed finishes work so well in kitchens and other high trafficked areas. If anything, the floor only ends up looking better over time!

  • Installing Hardwood Flooring In a Kitchen
    In a kitchen, you want to make sure that you purchase a very dense, durable hardwood, and stay away from softwood floors that will be more prone to water damage and staining issues.

  • Finish Options for Natural Wood Flooring
    The protective coat created by this process is much more potent than anything that can be applied on site and can last up to five times longer than traditional self-applied finishes.

  • Maintaining Hardwood Floors In a Kitchen
    The most important thing that you can do to maintain your hardwood kitchen floors is to keep constant vigilance over them. You can test the finish on the floor by pouring a very small amount of water on it in some of the most highly trafficked areas. If it beads up the finish is fine.

  • How To Care for a Hardwood Floor
    The drawback is that the refinishing process is a big, messy job. It involves taking almost everything out of the kitchen and then bringing in big, loud equipment that sends sawdust flying through the air in every direction.

  • The Advantages of Hardwood In Kitchens
    Hardwood provides you with a softer, more yielding surface to stand on than most tile and hard surface flooring options. This also makes it less likely that items will shatter if accidentally dropped.

  • Floods and Leaks in Kitchens
    Unfortunately, each utensil that ties into the plumbing of your house, is a potential disaster waiting to happen. Small leaks can cause standing puddles, that will wear through the finish and seep down cracks to rot the floor from within.​​

Welcome to another Home Flooring Pros How-To post. This week we’re going to look at the best way to clean

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Welcome to another Home Flooring Pros How-To post. This week we’re going to look at the best way to clean

The post How to Clean Marble Floors: Home Flooring Pros Step by Step Guide appeared first on Home Flooring Pros.

Welcome to another Home Flooring Pros How-To post. This week we’re going to look at the best way to clean marble flooring. Marble floor cleaning is a specific process, a little different to cleaning other types of tile flooring, but not difficult with the right tools and care. So for the best step by step marble tile floor cleaning tips read on.

How do you clean marble floors? In a word, gently. Here are best practices for maintaining gorgeous floors.

Step 1: Limit Dirt

Preventative care is best. We recommend placing firm-bristled door mats outside each entrance. Wipe feet vigorously to remove dirt before walking on marble. Removing shoes is better yet.

Pro tip: It’s not wise to place mats directly on marble. Some rubber backings interact chemically with stone and darken it. Secondly, if dirt gets beneath the mat, it will grind away at the marble surface when stepped on.

Step 2: Sweep Daily to Weekly

Dirt and debris act like sandpaper on marble, scuffing and dulling the seal and surface. Bob Villa offers this tip: Sweep one time per week for each household member including pets. If you have a shoes-off policy and your pets aren’t heavy shedders, one time per two members will be sufficient. In short, sweep as needed to keep grit off the flooring.

Tool of choice:  A microfiber or wool sweeper / dust mop with washable head. We like the Big Wooly!

Next level tool: The Dyson V6 is made for hard flooring. It has powerful suction to pull debris out of marble’s tiny pores. The V6 is a handheld vacuum, which gives you control for gentle use on delicate marble floors. Check Amazon for the best prices.

Step 3: Mop Regularly

When you’ve taken the first two steps, your marble floors will get dirty so slowly you won’t notice the incremental changes. But they will inevitably accumulate dirt, even in the tidiest homes. That’s why it is important to mop on a regular schedule, even if the flooring doesn’t look like it needs it.

DIY tip: Be smart about your cleaner. Avoid harsh cleaners. Citrus cleaners are fine for greasy garage floors, but terrible for marble. We’ve seen sites recommend mild dish detergent on marble, ½ cup per bucket of water. Besides the endless suds that would create, it will leave behind a residue that will dull floors. To remove it, you would need to use more water than is good for marble.

Tool of choice: O-Cedar Microfiber Cloth Mop. This highly rated, very gentle mop has a collapsible handle for compact storage. The head can be washed 100+ times. The O-Cedar Quick Wring 2.5-gallon bucket is designed for use with this and similar mops.

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Cleaner of choice: We recommend using a cleaning solution formulated for stone. The Granite Plus! 2 in 1 Cleaner & Sealer is easy to use. Spray it onto the marble, and use your microfiber mop to gently work it over the floor. No rinsing is required, and it shouldn’t leave behind streaks. Granite Plus! is available in a spray bottle and gallon refill too.

You can skip the spray bottle in favor of the better-value gallon refill and your own spray bottle.

The sealer in the product supports the factory seal. It doesn’t eliminate the need to periodically polish and reseal your marble floors with a penetrating sealer.

Step 4: Spot Clean as Needed

Clean up spills immediately using a dry, absorbent cloth or paper towel. Then, spray your cleaner on the area, and wipe it dry.

Overlooked sticky or gooey spots can be cleaned with Granite Plus! or similar product. Spray it on, wait 1-3 minutes to soften the mess, and wipe it away.

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