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Best Kitchen Flooring

The best kitchen flooring is that which fits your lifestyle and budget. What kind of flooring is best in a kitchen depends on how the room is used, the house's style, and your budget. Kitchen flooring can be as simple as linoleum or vinyl, as elegant as stone or ceramic tiles, or as homey as wood flooring. Selecting kitchen flooring that fits your needs takes some research on your part to make sure you get the best knowledge; there are pros and cons of kitchen flooring materials that may not be made obvious by manufacturers. The best flooring for kitchens truly depends on how the room is used.

The best kitchen flooring is that which fits your lifestyle and budget. What kind of flooring is best in a kitchen depends on how the room is used, the house's style, and your budget.

Kitchen flooring can be as simple as linoleum or vinyl, as elegant as stone or ceramic tiles, or as homey as wood flooring. Selecting kitchen flooring that fits your needs takes some research on your part to make sure you get the best knowledge; there are pros and cons of kitchen flooring materials that may not be made obvious by manufacturers. The best flooring for kitchens truly depends on how the room is used.

How do you decide what kitchen flooring is right for you and your family? Trying to decide what kind of flooring is best in a kitchen can be an overwhelming decision. With the numerous types of flooring, how do you decide what the best kitchen flooring is for your home? Selecting kitchen flooring does not have to be overwhelming. With the proper research, you can make the best decision for you and your family so that you will have kitchen flooring that meets your desires and your needs.

How much time do you spend in your kitchen? For most families, the kitchen is the room that is used most often. Kitchens are not just for eating and cooking anymore. Now they are used as gathering places, to do homework and crafts, and to just sit around and talk. That is why you will want to choose kitchen flooring that is durable, easy to clean, and inviting to your family and friends.

Durability is a huge factor in the kitchen. There are many activities that are done in the kitchen area so you will want flooring that can stand up to heavy traffic from people going in and out as well as stand up to items being dropped or spilled upon it. Flooring is a huge investment and if you buy high quality kitchen flooring that is durable, you will have flooring that will last a lifetime.

Ease of maintenance is another big issue in purchasing your flooring. You want to select kitchen flooring that is stain proof so that you will not have to worry about the spills and messes that are bound to occur in the kitchen. Being able to clean the kitchen floors easily and quickly is another huge consideration. You also want flooring in the kitchen that does not need constant maintenance. Otherwise, you will be taking time away from your family.

Welcoming flooring is flooring that makes people feel warm and secure rather than tense and cold. If you choose flooring that you love and that makes you feel good, then others will feel good about it too. Make your decision based on the feel of the flooring beneath your feet and the way that is makes you feel inside. Then you will know that you have chosen the best type of kitchen flooring for your kitchen and your family.

Research kitchen flooring options so that you can learn the pros and cons of kitchen flooring materials. This will help you make the best decision for your family's lifestyle. Selecting kitchen flooring based on your family's use of the kitchen and how you feel about the flooring will allow you to make a decision that you will be satisfied and happy with for many years.

Choosing the best kitchen flooring does not have to be a scary and overwhelming decision. With a little research and asking questions of experts, you will find the kitchen flooring that fits your kitchen and your family!



I'm remodeling my kitchen and like the look of Satillo tile. However, we're concerned about the durability of the genuine Satillo.

Do you suggest any more durable look alike products (ceramic, sealed, etc).

Thanks, Dolan

Dolan at February 19, 2008 3:33 PM

There are lots of great looking tiles on the market that resemble Saltillo tiles and are more durable. You just need to check with the various flooring suppliers in your area to see what color variations and sizes you like best.

I agree that Saltillo tiles are a bit more fragile than kilned ceramic and porcelain tiles, but the rustic look can't be beat. Decide what your driving force is behind your kitchen flooring to help you decide which is the right path for you. Price, durability, rustic vs refined, color and tile size are some of the factors in your decision.

The Flooring Lady at February 20, 2008 9:15 AM

we want to lay a solid wood floor in our kitchen, but are unsure if thats a suitable idea, some friend told us we could only have a laqared finish wooden floor, is this correct ?

cheryl at February 29, 2008 5:12 AM

There are all kinds of rumors about where you can put wood flooring -- or not. I've heard the same thing for years -- and bathrooms have the same reputation as being bad rooms for laying wood floors.

The real issue is that you don't want water to stand for a long time on wood because it warps it. So the trick is to not let that happen. But you know, there aren't many flooring types that can really handle water standing on them for a long time.

Wipe up water and spills when they happen and you shouldn't have a problem. And when you install the flooring the sealant and caulk you put down will help protect from minor floods too.

The Flooring Lady at February 29, 2008 12:33 PM

I'm about to decide on a Tarkett Fiber Floor but not a 100% sure. We're older (59 & 63)have medium traffic, also want it in washer/dryer room & both bathrooms. My question is, in Your Opinion has this floor been tested for durablility, also I'm concerned that it just lays on top of old flooring with little hold down, will it "wad Up"?
If you have another flooring in this type or any other I would be more then happy to research it.
Thanks Ever so Much......!!! Connie

C P Middleton at March 2, 2008 11:04 AM

I don't have any personal experience with Tarkett floors. As you probably know the promotional materials say the products are dimensionally stable which says to me they anticipate they won't creep on you. My big concern is about the offgassing and what that will do to your health.

Let me suggest linoleum -- I love Forbo products -- for the rooms you are considering. It's made of natural ingredients and should feel good under your feet. It may not be as cushioned as the product you are looking at, but it will last well and not be a problem to your health.

The Flooring Lady at March 2, 2008 5:18 PM

Thanks for Responding so soon. I live in Arkansas & the product Forbo isn't sold here.
We really don't have allergies, not sure what you meant by "offgassing".
I tell you this is more work then I intented when we decided to redo the whole house with carpet/laminate/vinyl etc... So many choices, so confusing.
Basically back to square one!!!! Connie

C P Middleton at March 3, 2008 7:39 AM

Reflooring can be challenging and time consuming. Laminate flooring would also be a good choice in your kitchen, laundry and bathrooms. Forbo is just one linoleum manufacturer, Armstrong also has a linoleum product they call Marmorette.

Offgassing is the process of releasing VOC (volatile organic compounds) into the air. Products made of petroleum products, like vinyl and many paints, offgas. Your health is at risk with petroleum based products so I urge people to avoid them as much as possible.

The fewer flooring types you settle on the easier this is going to be. Have you considered using only laminate flooring? Of course if you are looking for the comfort of carpet in some rooms then carpet and laminate would be a simpler approach than what it sounds like you are doing.

The Flooring Lady at March 3, 2008 7:47 AM

Laminate will be in my foyer, hall & entrance from backdoor to den. Carpet will be in Den & 3 bedrooms & of course some type of flooring for the other floors previously mentioned. I don't believe I want laminate in the kit. etc. for the moisture could be a problem.
I Truly Appreciate all your Replies.....CPM

C P Middleton at March 3, 2008 9:15 AM

I never had a problem with laminate in my kitchen or bathrooms. But it sounds as if you'll be more comfortable with vinyl or linoleum. At least you are getting close to the end of your decision making.

The Flooring Lady at March 3, 2008 10:45 AM

We are planning to build a house with a pool. The door from the kitchen will open to the pool, so there may be a lot of wet feet coming in. What would be the best floor to put down in that area? Hardwood, laminate, tile, or something else? We really do not want vinyl.

Larry at March 7, 2008 2:28 PM

Anything that's not shiny and smooth, and of course a throw rug would be good.

* Linoleum would work, and there are lots of fun colors you can make great patterns with (I don't know if linoleum counts as vinyl in your glossary, but it doesn't in mine).
* Stone tiles that haven't been polished.
* Porcelain or ceramic tiles that have texture.

Unless you want to be cleaning up the puddles as they form, I would stay away from wood and laminate.

The Flooring Lady at March 7, 2008 3:49 PM

I have a round house. The rooms are pie shaped and the walls are done in beige brick .(walls are curved) It currently has vinyl tiles and carpet. I would like to replace with something nicer. Carpet does not hold up well with my 3 Boys and 2 dogs. And I do not like the vinyl. What would you suggest?

Diane at March 8, 2008 10:54 AM

Since you posted your question under "Best Kitchen Flooring" is it safe to assume that the kitchen is the only room you want to refloor?

What don't you like about the vinyl? Would linoleum satisfy you any more than that? What's your house style? What's your budget?

Ceramic or porcelain tiles could work, though they need attention too so the finish doesn't wear off.

Brick pavers would be interesting and beautiful too.

Wood flooring -- be it engineered, laminate or solid -- could meet your needs as well. And like the other surfaces mentioned, it will need attention, but will be durable.

The Flooring Lady at March 8, 2008 12:40 PM

We are redoing our kitchen, which is pretty large. We have special order vinly down which is 4 years old. I loved it but didn't hold up well to our eight children (ages 1 to 16). Now we are looking at ceramic tile or hardwood flooring, which we have in the dining room, and needs to be buffed and recoated after two years. We are concidering redoing the kitchen, dining room, hall and family room all in the same, so we are thinking about bamboo flooring. In your opinion, would bamboo stand up to all this traffic more so than the vinyl did???? Cost would be a factor also! Thank you!!!

Jennifer at March 29, 2008 1:28 PM

In my opinion, almost anything will hold up better than vinyl, and be better for the environment too. Linoleum is a hard-wearing surface if you want to replace just the kitchen floor. And you can have fun with the linoleum, if you are so inclined. Mixing and matching different colors will let you create almost any look you desire. And linoleum is a sustainable product made of natural ingredients so it's kind to the environment and your air quality. (use low VOC glues to install it).

Bamboo is a beautiful flooring. If you go this route I can't urge you strongly enough to buy unfinished bamboo and seal it in place with a good sealant, like Varathane's Diamond Coat Polyurethane.

Tile is a good kitchen flooring, but it's hard. That hardness will increase the effective noise level in the kitchen. It's hard on your joints as you stand cooking or cleaning.

No matter what flooring you use, because of the amount of traffic it's going to get, maintenance and cleaning are critical to help the flooring product survive. Daily sweeping or vacuuming will remove the grit that cuts through any finish. Weekly damp mopping will get the grime that builds up in any home.

You really have lots of options. Bamboo is a good choice and will work nicely with your dining room hardwood. Get samples from all companies you think you'll buy from so you can see what they look like with your existing colors and textures.

The Flooring Lady at March 30, 2008 11:17 AM

I'm so glad I found this website. I have more of a design question. I'm embarking on a kitchen re-model in my 1928 home in SF. I have original hardwood floors throughout my home (a light to medium color with a dark border). I'd like to install hardwood floors in the kitchen as well (which is a separate room). My question is do I need to match the kitchen floor color to the rest of the house? I like the idea of using a darker color to match the border. The floors will butt against each other in the kitchen entry-way. Also, do you have a sealant preference for EcoTimber? Thanks,


Celia at March 31, 2008 10:54 PM

It's not important, in my opinion, the floors match. But if you want to match the borders of the different rooms since they abut, go for it. Then you can either match the lighter wood as best you can, or go wild and do something totally different. This can be fun and creative.

It seems all of EcoTimber's flooring products are presealed. My bamboo flooring -- not EcoTimber's -- is presealed; it cleans up well, but it dents easily. Contact EcoTimber directly to find out if you can successfully seal over their sealant and ask if they have a recommendation for a product. Also contact Varathane to ask if their Diamond Coat Polyurethane would seal over an aluminum oxide enhanced UV-cured acrylic urethane and scratch-resistant hardened acrylic top-coat.

The problem with having the floor prefinished is you don't have coverage between the boards. Dust, crumbs, dirt, and all kinds of things get stuck in the cracks between the boards if there isn't a coat over the entire floor. That may not be an issue for you, but it is for me.

The Flooring Lady at April 1, 2008 10:52 AM

I'm remodeling my kitchen and can't decide what flooring to install. I love to cook and spend long hours standing in the kitchen. We have a dog and live out in the country, so dirt is a constant issue. I like the durability of tile, the comfort of cork or linoleum or wood. That said, I'm afraid tile will be hard on the feet and that the dog and the dirt will damage the other choices. Any suggestions? The house was built in the 20s and is a cottage style farm house.

Karla at April 13, 2008 11:09 PM

I agree tile may not be your best choice -- not only is it hard on you, the dog would slip and slide when in "fast mode" (ie, running). I think you could do well with either linoleum or wood.

Linoleum is more durable than people imagine. And it comes in great colors too. You could either create patterns using linoleum squares or if you have good installers, you can create patterns with sheet linoleum. See the Forbo or Armstrong sites to get an idea of what I'm talking about. However, don't rely on either site for color samples, because neither gives you the full rainbow of what they offer.

For additional cushioning, consider a cork underlayment. Your body will love the extra bounce, but it won't impact your walking efforts (like extra cushioned carpet does).

Wood is also a great option. It's not as sustainable a choice as linoleum, but it's durable. With either of these options you'll want to put a durable sealant down. As you may have read on my site, I love Urethane Diamond Coat Polyurethane. I don't know if it's right for linoleum, but it's great for wood.

The Flooring Lady at April 14, 2008 7:48 AM

We are remodeling a kitchen and wish to choose a floor that will cover both the kitchen, dining room and living room, it is an open floor plan. My husband is a chef who has a back injury and can not stand without pain for long periods of time. He has his heart set on cork but I am concerned about durability & colour fading as the morning sun beats into the kitchen (which we enjoy and don't want to cover up). Any suggestions would be helpful

Mo at April 19, 2008 6:07 PM

Cork will be great for your husband's bad back. Buy a cork tile -- not the floating floor -- and make sure it's either not prefinished or that their finish can get water-based polyurethane applied afterward and have it hold.

All flooring changes color with the sun. Yes, the cork will fade, but faded cork looks great too. I'm disenchanted with the floating floor cork products -- but hope the problems I've experienced get resolved. In the meantime, use a low-VOC glue and glue the tiles to your floor and then apply two or more coats of water-based polyurethane for a great floor.

One last pointer -- and it may help reduce problems with the floating cork floor products too -- is to really let the cork acclimate to your home climate. You should have a great floor if you do that.

You'll love it throughout your house. I did.

The Flooring Lady at April 22, 2008 1:28 PM

I'm glad I found this page because my kitchen floor is dreadfully worn out...despite good care and always taking off our shoes in the house. We live in a double-wide to which my hubby added an addition. The addition has a tiled basement, but the main house has (YUK!!) just a crawl space and dirt underneath. The kitchen is in the MAIN part of the house. The laundry area was in there, also, but has been moved to the addition, so we have a rather odd space at the end of our kitchen.

Now...about the flooring: Part of the SUB FLOOR has been damaged by water from the old furnace/air conditioner combination that is now gone. Sadly, we found the sub-floor to be PARTICLE BOARD and NOT plywood. :-(( So my hubby will have to re-do the ENTIRE sub-floor as a part of the other is ROTTING! I now have Rheumatoid Arthritis which has totally destroyed my wrists, so I cannot be his helper as I used to be. We cannot afford to hire someone to do this job as we live in a very secluded country area, and my hubby is retired and on a fixed income. you think vinyl flooring (which we have now, but is very worn), vinyl tiles, or the new laminate would be best?? (Yes, we are aware the entire sub-floor MUST be replaced which is also costly.)

I tend to like laminate, and we put it in the addition, but I wonder how it would hold up to water and food spills? I SPILL a lot because I make everything from scratch, still have a garden, and can no longer can food because of the lifting, but do freeze ALL our vegetables and fruits to save money. Laying sheet vinyl would now be hard since my hubby would need a helper, and I can no longer lift things like that. We ARE thinking seriously of laminate...the price is reasonable, and it's easy to put down as my husband now has lots of experience with it. But what about large water spills or the water that naturally drips out when the dishwasher door is opened? The salesmen told my hubby there would be NO problem as long as the laminate is sealed, but I am now 70 and my hubby is 85, and I don't want something that will look terrible or be ruined before we "croak"! LOL Any advice would be appreciated.


Cat at June 1, 2008 5:57 PM

Hi Cat!

I saw your other post and was glad to hear that you chose to go with the laminate - I think you'll be glad you did. There are differences in legnth of warranties and quality - don't be tempted to go with the cheapest and do your homework to decide which brand/style will meet your needs.

P.S.: I really enjoyed reading your post - arthritis and all! I sincerely hope that I'll be as active as you are when I reach 70 and that my husband will be in good enough shape to still put down a new floor when he's 85! Must be the good, clean living!

The Flooring Lady at June 1, 2008 10:43 PM

Hi, I'm after some advice for my kitchen/family room flooring, I would really like underfloor heating but am worried about the wood shrinking (Oak). However the other flooring that I would like is natuaral stone which would be fine with under floor heating but would it be to harsh for the family room section? Please help!!!!

Kelly at June 3, 2008 12:53 PM

Hi Kelly,

I'm not sure I really understand your question - what do you mean by too 'harsh'?

The Flooring Lady at June 3, 2008 3:46 PM

Well hard under foot for a 3 and 5 year old as where we spend the majority of our time!

Kelly at June 4, 2008 10:54 AM

I need to know the best quality floor for my kitchen-- that will last, handle spills, not slippery, easy to clean and no grout to deal with. Porcelain was recommended but not sure if this is my best option. Thanks

Lu at June 4, 2008 4:11 PM

Engineered flooring is supposed to be more stable than solid wood. Linoleum would work nicely, though I would guess that's not what you're looking for.

Personally, I would think that either oak or stone will feel about equally harsh, perhaps a bit more so with the stone, but not overly much. If you do go with stone, just make sure the job is done well and is nice & even so that if little ones fall they won't get worse boo-boo's than they would on a wood floor.

I do think wood flooring (or engineered wood flooring) would be the smoother option for little feet (and big feet!). Just make sure that the wood is acclimated first. Some recommend as short as a few days though our bamboo flooring sat for months before the flooring manufacturer deemed it "right" for installation.

In short, consider the options, read up on finishing & maintaining your new floor in order to help you decide which you'd really rather go with. I'm hoping that some of the suggestions I've made help you in making that decision a little easier. ;~)

The Flooring Lady at June 4, 2008 11:36 PM

Porcelain is a wonderful choice for everything you mention, except the grout........ sorry. You might want to investigate other flooring options such as vinyl, linoleum, wood, concrete (don't laugh! You can do wonderful things with stained concrete!), or epoxy flooring.

The Flooring Lady at June 4, 2008 11:54 PM

We are in the planning stages of redoing our kitchen. We have three small kids (under age 6). Ceramic or Porcelain seems to be the best choice for resell, but I'm concerned about the hardness and slipperiness of it. We are planning on granite for the countertops, so I'm doubly worried about having 2 very hard surfaces in the kitchen, but they both "look" beautiful.

I should note my husband is anti-hardwood in the kitchen mainly for the water aspect and cleaning.

Is Porcelain a better choice than Ceramic? It sounded like above you were saying it isn't as slippery as ceramic? Are there any other durable, child friendly floors that will add value to our home? We do like laminate, but it just doesn't seem to be great on the resale side.


Queenie at June 15, 2008 7:41 PM

My kitchen and laundry connects. What kind of flooring can I put down that won't dent under pressure of my old cabinet and washer and dryer ect. I also have had washer break a hose and flood the floor so I need something that is water proof. Price is a factor for me. I'm also concerned about the table and chairs making marks in the flooring.

Anonymous at June 24, 2008 10:37 AM

Hi there!
I'd think that probably vinyl or laminate flooring would be a good choice. Make sure you put down a good subfloor first and you shouldn't have much problem with dents. Just don't do things like drag the fridge across the floor on a corner...... ;o)

The Flooring Lady at June 24, 2008 1:36 PM

Personally I'd avoid vinyl and go for linoleum. It's a wonderfully forgiving floor product and environmentally friendly too. I do agree with The Flooring Lady's comment about putting a good subfloor down -- you don't want the old subfloor to be soft or moldy.

Anonymous at June 24, 2008 2:06 PM

Actually, I prefer linoleum too, but was thinking more about the price issue. But, whoever left that comment does make a good point. Another big plus with linoleum is that the color goes all the way through it - it's not just on the surface like it is with vinyl. It does cost more, but still might be a good consideration. Look at it as a trade-off for something that will look good for a longer period of time, so well worth the little bit extra money that is spent.

The Flooring Lady at June 24, 2008 10:07 PM

I'm looking for a very durable floor for our kitchen/pantry/mud-laundry room which are all attached. I was thinking the most durable would be ceramic or slate, but in reading the above comments looks like linoleum would be a good choice as well. Will that hold up as well as a harder surface like ceramic or slate? How easy is it to install? My husband and I will be doing this ourselves, and while he's very handy, I'm not so much, but I want to be able to help out. We entertain a lot and pretty much live in our kitchen, and have 3 dogs and a cat, so we definitely need something that's going to hold up to all the trafic and use and that's easy to clean. We have old old vinyl in there right now and it's so hard to clean and keep clean with all the traffic we get. I definitely don't want hardwoods as our whole house is hardwood and I want something different in the kitchen. We live in the south, so I don't mind cold floors, it actually feels good on my feet when it gets as hot as it does down here.

Natalie at June 25, 2008 7:03 AM

Thanks for your comments. I forgot to mention that I had looked at allure at Home Depot. They thought it was wonderful but I looked it up on the web and they said not to wear spike heels. (which I don't) and to trim your dog's nails. What are the table, chairs and my old cabinet going to do to it? I was planning to put laun board over the existing floor. Would that be ok? I could handle the price of allure but I don't know about installation .

Anonymous at June 25, 2008 11:43 AM

Whatever choice you make, making sure that the dog & cat's nails are trimmed is going to go a long way towards keeping your floor in good shape. Granted, with cats there's not always a lot you can do - they sharpen their nails wherever they please but generally do not bother hard floors too much - scratching posts, carpeting and furniture suit their needs better. Ceramic & slate are both very good choices, but I don't know what your budget is and both can get rather pricey. The biggest thing is to make sure that they have a good moisture barrier underneath them (you'll need to read up on that one!) and that you provide a good sealer after they have been put down. I cannot stress enough how important this is, most of the problems that arise, especially with slate, is because the floor wasn't sealed or not sealed well. Don't be stingy with sealers or polish. ALWAYS make sure the products you use are formulated specifically for the type of floor you'll be putting down. When done properly, the only thing you should have to do is damp mop with a mild vinegar/water solution and 'polish' it with a dry mop so it doesn't look smudged! Microfiber mops are so great for this, it's what I use on my floor and I can't say enough good things about them.

Please read up on slate and ceramic tile to help guide you in making a choice. You might be interested in saltillo tile too - it's widely used in your area. Same thing too about moisture/vapor barriers (depending on what the original floor is - especially concrete) and sealing really well.

The Flooring Lady at June 25, 2008 11:51 AM

How am I going to clean under the fridge if I can't roll it out? This is almost too much for me to deal with,but it has to be done as the current inlaid is 40 years old and all cracked up. Part of the sub floor is just plywood and the rest is regular floor boards with masonite over it. There are places where the floor meets the newer part that are uneven. The allure bends but what about the laun board. Thanks again all help appreciated as this is a big deal for me.

Anonymous at June 25, 2008 11:51 AM

I'm sorry, that's not what I meant about dragging the fridge. I had visions of a past experience when me moved and my husband & brother literally dragged the corner of the fridge on a newly laid vinyl floor and made a nice triangular rip in the floor. This wasn't just sliding/rolling it to clean, this was while the fridge was on moving dollies which was why a bottom corner happened to come in contact with flooring. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to alarm you, and no matter what you choose, you should be able to move your fridge to clean underneath. :~)

It sounds like you really need a new subfloor and maybe even level out your floor some. Do you plan on taking up the old flooring or leaving it? Just asking because it might help level things out if you take up what's there.

Seriously, if those tiles contain asbestos you're going to have to cover them or remove completely. I'm not trying to alarm you, but it is a very, very serious health concern. If it's all cracked up, you really should have it removed. I know this is a lot to deal with, but asbestos is so bad, that's why it was banned back in 1972. If the tiles are intact then there's very little risk, but when they crack or crumble, that's when the particles can become airborn and can be breathed in to the lungs.

Is your floor strong, that is the joists seem to be supporting everything ok? If not, you're going to need to check out those joists and make repairs if needed. I don't know if the original flooring is hardwood or plywood, but you need to make sure it's sturdy too.

It's almost sounding like it all needs to come up, lay down fresh plywood and go from there. I sure hope that's not the case. It's a lot of work no matter which way you go, but sometimes it's faster and winds up being less costly than tring to repair and level the existing floor.

The Flooring Lady at June 25, 2008 12:28 PM

About the Allure..... I'm not sure if your table and chairs would create a problem given that each leg is much wider than a spiked heel. Remember - that's a lot of pounds per square inch that a spiked heel is supporting! Pads on the bottom of the legs would help tremendously. I doubt the cabinet would have much effect unless it's also on legs, in which case see comment about pads on the bottom of the legs.

The Flooring Lady at June 25, 2008 12:35 PM

The floor was leveled 3 years ago as best as it could be. the floor joists are ok. I Thought laying luan board would cover the old inlaid. Is that ok? We're talking about a house that is 100 years and has been built on to. The old cabinet is very old and has legs with little metal things on the bottom.

Anonymous at June 25, 2008 1:12 PM

For the person fearing the damage that can be caused by dragging your appliances over your new flooring look into "appliance glides". They attach to the floor under appliances, and then like a toy train set, you can extend the tracks for the
appliance to slide out onto to keep the floor safe.

My floor installer talked me into them for my appliances, saying his wife loved them; I'm only moderately pleased with them, but they do protect the floor -- when I can get them connected.

Anonymous at June 25, 2008 3:19 PM

"The floor was leveled 3 years ago as best as it could be. the floor joists are ok."

Great, and thanks for clarifying, makes things so much easier! The luan board will work. As far as the metal 'things' on the old cupboard...... all you can do is try and see. It might be a good idea to put something under them - even an area rug. Since I don't know what your metal things are, or an approximate size, I'd still say to err on the side of caution and put something at least under each leg if you're fearful that they'll mar the new flooring.

Best of luck and I'm sure you'll love your new floor!

The Flooring Lady at June 25, 2008 8:51 PM

This a correction to the first question I sent in.

What is the correct width size for hardwood floors for the kitchen?

Would red oak be appropriate?

What do you recommend for cleaning hardwood floors?

Best regards,
Anthony Jospeh Lucchese

anthony joseph lucchese at June 28, 2008 8:11 AM

Anthony, you can see my reply to your other question posted at Wood Floors in the Kitchen. I addressed red oak and dimension in my response.

The best way to clean hardwood floors seems to be under debate. Manufacturers of course think their products are the best and the other products are bad. I've had good luck with Murpyh's Oil Soap and Bona Hardwood Cleaner, but I've also done very well with a 10:1 or 15:1 water:vinegar solution. The vinegar water is the cheapest and most environmentally friendly approach you can take.

The biggest steps to pay attention to that many people overlook are to rinse your mop (and I love the micorfiber mops),change the water frequently, and buff the floor when you are done.

Good luck with your new kitchen floor. Let me know what you did and how you like it.

TheFlooringLady at June 28, 2008 10:04 AM

Hi! I am a new Inquirer on kitchen floor. I hope you can help me. I live on Guam, it is a very humid tropical island. Our house is concrete, we still have the original terrazo kitchen floor of 1974. It was very lovely but it has several large cracks from earth quakes. We want to renovate our kitchen, dining and gathering rooms. We want to use bamboo flooring in the other two rooms but we want a good quality kitchen floor that will match or blend with the bamboo adjacent dining floor. What will you recomend? Thank you

Carmen at August 10, 2008 7:18 PM

Hi Carmen,

What kind of material are you thinking about for these floors? Ceramic tile, wood, stone........?
There's lots of choices available to you, you just have to look to find something that will be the correct color. It's best to shop "in person" due to the color variance in computer monitors, though the internet can be a good place to start. When shopping in person, be sure to take a small spare piece of your flooring with you (or get a sample from the manufacturer) so that you can compare the colors. I'm confident that you will have no trouble finding another flooring material to compliment your bamboo floor.

The Flooring Lady at August 10, 2008 8:51 PM

We have a 10 year old linoleum floor that did not last- it's scratched and looks permenantly dirty. We would like to replace it with ceramic tile. We're not very good at keeping it clean. Will it show the dirt? It's a high traffic area with children and a dog. Do you think ceramic tile is a good idea?

ReDoer11 at October 16, 2008 7:02 PM

I am thinking about using some rubber floor for my galley kitchen. I am wondering if you have an idea how well it will hold up agianst 3 kids, 3 large dogs? i am not interested in tile, too hard on the back....

Lisa at October 17, 2008 12:34 PM

Hello Redoer11 -

Any chance of being able to clean the linoleum really well and sealing it, or is it too far gone for that?

Any floor is going to require upkeep to keep it looking nice. Ceramic is a good option, but you're still going to have to keep it clean and have a good sealer on it to help protect it. They are relatively easy to keep clean - I'd suggest a vinegar/water solution (1 part vinegar to 15 parts water) using a microfiber mop. Have a second DRY microfiber mop handy to 'polish' the floor - just run the dry mop over the tiles. Always make sure to keep your solution pretty clean, otherwise, you're just depositing dirt right back on the floor.

If you do install ceramic tile, make sure to completely remove any grout haze before sealing it, otherwise you'll be back here asking why your new tile looks like it has a whitish film or smudges all over. It won't be fun finding out afterwards that you have to strip the floor, clean the grout haze and reseal it.

The Flooring Lady at October 17, 2008 9:06 PM

Hi Lisa -

It sounds like you'd be a perfect candidate for rubber flooring! Here's a couple links to related articles: Rubber Kitchen Flooring and Rubber Floors.

The Flooring Lady at October 17, 2008 9:09 PM

We are almost done remodeling our kitchen. Which brings us to the flooring. I like the wood look that the laminates can give and also the durability. My question is do I match the color of the wood with my cabinets or should I go darker or lighter? My cabinets are a maple finish with a mocha glaze. My countertops are black granite with some teal shades. My backsplash is cream subway tiles with glass decorative tile accents with browns,slate,cream and clear glass. I really like a natural cherry floor because I love the swirl of the grain. It's not to busy. What would your suggestion be?

Thank you,

Stephanie at October 25, 2008 12:55 PM

Hi Stephanie,
It sounds like you already have quite an eclectic mixture of textures and colors - which is a very good thing when it comes to deciding what shade of flooring to incorporate into your remodeling scheme. You can go with the natural cherry without any problem as well as something to match your cabinets. I would think it would look just fine either way.

The Flooring Lady at October 25, 2008 10:41 PM

We have 7 children,all married with spouse's, dogs and granddogs. How cluld I not mention the most important, 18 grand kids. Our kitchen is the hot spot for family and friend gathering. We have a very big garland range and large fridge.
When we remodeled our kitchen, several yrs. ago we put in wood floors, laminate. They scratched, and I didn't want them.
We are seniors and need to have an easy to care for floor.
What do uyou advise.
Thanks, Nancy

Nancy at November 8, 2008 8:50 AM

Hi Nancy,
I would suggest porcelain tiles. They're very hard and hold up well against scratching. They're easy to clean using a weak solution of vinegar & water (1 part vinegar to 15 or 20 parts water). Just make sure to keep the bucket of solution as clean as possible, better yet, use another bucket to rinse out the mop with. Microfiber mops are wonderful things too - use a separate one (mop or mophead) afterwards to go back over the floor when it's dry to kind of 'buff' it.

The Flooring Lady at November 9, 2008 9:56 AM

we have radiant floor heating in our home, we want to know what is a good flooring type to use. we have peel and stick tiles in our kitchen and dining room but the heat has discolored them terribly.

terry g. at November 16, 2008 5:01 AM

Tile, stone, laminate, engineered hardwood......

The Flooring Lady at November 16, 2008 7:46 PM

We are remodeling our kitchen. We have 3 small kids and were thinking of ceramic. Our cabinets are natural maple and thinking of maroon color walls. what would be a good ceramic color? we like a comfortable, warm, but happy room. thanks!- melody

melody at November 23, 2008 9:26 PM

Hi Melody,
I really can't advise as I don't know if you're using other colors to accent your kitchen, if you want something to match closer to the walls, cabinets or maybe the countertop. I usually like to try for a closer match between the countertop & floors as most people are more apt to change wall color than floor or countertop color if going for a contrast all over. Many opt for a color more similar to the cabinets for a more pulled-together look. It all depends on your personal tastes. You can get tile samples to help you make a decision.

The Flooring Lady at November 24, 2008 8:12 AM

We are building a custom home. First floor will be a mix of bamboo in living room, family room, first floor bedroom etc and crema marfil in the foyer, dining room and hallways. For kitchen and mudroom, we are debating between marble and fine granite that is not too dizzy. As far as etching and scratching, would granite be better? I really like the marble but it's a softer, porous limestone and with two small kids, we are concerned about having marble in the kitchen. Thank you.

Alkesh at December 13, 2008 4:35 PM

Hi Alkesh,I'm with you, I think the granite would hold up better. Just make sure to maintain it properly.

The Flooring Lady at December 13, 2008 11:20 PM

what are your thoughts about cork flooring for the kitchen?

Anonymous at December 15, 2008 2:56 PM

I like cork flooring in the kitchen. It's very durable as long as it's been treated correctly after installation.

The Flooring Lady at December 16, 2008 8:53 AM

I have about 200 sq foot of kitchen I live on a fixed budget and need something that would be durable in my kitchen. Do you have any suggestions.

Anya Amos at December 17, 2008 2:11 PM

Hi Anya,
Sorry I took so long to reply, my computer crashed.

I have tons of suggestions, probably the best thing to do is to read over different sections of the site on different types of flooring products. There's so many good choices available today. The most durable would be stone, brick, ceramic or porcelain tile. Wood floors are another good option if you're not afraid to have that in your kitchen.

The Flooring Lady at December 23, 2008 10:52 AM

would a stone looking laminate flooring be a good idea with dark cabinets

estelle bowers at January 6, 2009 3:02 PM

Hi Estelle,
Hard to tell. I haven't a clue what color the laminate is or how dark. Are your walls light or dark? What color is your counter top?

The Flooring Lady at January 7, 2009 11:28 AM

Nice article but some flooring examples would have been nice.

Lisa Rainey

Lisa Rainey at January 10, 2009 8:08 PM

Thanks for your input Lisa. There are so many flooring choices out there and each manufacturer does a very good job of showing their choices - as well as flooring sales sites.

The Flooring Lady at January 12, 2009 8:45 AM

I am building a new house and I am wondering if anyone has cork flooring in their kitchen. I have hardwood in my kitchen now and there are many nicks in it. I think I would find ceramic floor too hard on my feet. Any other ideas?

Cindy at February 7, 2009 5:57 PM

Hi Cindy,
Yes, people have used cork flooring in their kitchen and as with anything else, some love it, some hated it. I think the biggest issue is maintaining it. It seems the ones who were happier with their kitchen floor are those that used a varathane product (polyurethane) on the flooring to protect it. Hardwood is still a good choice too. ;~)

The Flooring Lady at February 8, 2009 2:00 PM

My kitchen is a high traffic area, and used alot we are really hard on a floor. Need a durable and medium priced flooring.

Stacey Darr at February 9, 2009 12:21 PM

Hi Stacey,

I'm not sure what your definition is of "medium" priced, but there are lots of options for kitchen flooring. I would suggest that begin by reading through the site to get some ideas of what kind of flooring you think you might like, then investigate a bit further (in your area) to see if any of those choices meet your specification of what you would consider to be "medium priced flooring".

The Flooring Lady at February 10, 2009 11:21 AM

After 15 years, we are replacing our linoleum kitchen floor. We've decided on a Tuscan theme and found a gorgeous laminate floor. I was told by a sales person that this particular floor "is very durable" and it would be a good choice with older children and 2 GREAT DANES. Another sales person feels that ceramic tile would be our best choice. My 3 biggest concerns are dropping dishes or glass on the floor and sooner, rather than later, having to replace my dinnerware; and how slippery will it be when wet (dogs drinking water), and scratches with 2 large dogs running through the house. What are your thoughts?

Cindy at February 23, 2009 9:06 PM

Hi Cindy,
I presume you meant to type ......"having to replace my flooring" rather than ....... "having to replace my dinnerware"?

I would think that ceramic tile would hold up much better than laminate with 2 large dogs! Be sure to keep their toenails trimmed too. ;~) What kind of laminate are you considering? You might want to read up on laminate flooring elsewhere on the site and read the comments too as well as the tile portions of the site.

The Flooring Lady at February 25, 2009 10:05 PM

We are getting ready to replace our kitchen floor. I have yellow/brown/gold hand painted walls that look like plaster, an old fashioned kitchen table, dark (almost navy) quartz granite-look counters with garden-type accents and plants. My cabinets are a medium oak. So far okay, but my kitchen gets mud and sand tracked through it all the time. I have three small children that are prone to tripping on uneven surfaces, and I hate linoleum. A light colored floor looks good with everything else, and I looked at your articles on wood floors and brick. But I feel like what I need is cement with a drain! How can I be stylish and practical? I have a generous budget.

Kimberly at February 26, 2009 6:00 PM

Hi Kimberly,
LOL re the cement & drain! The issue of sand bothers me more than the mud does, because sand is abrasive and will scratch up any flooring finish (think sandpaper!). You really need to make family members remove shoes at the door. I don't suppose you have a mud room? Yeah, right, me neither - so wish I did - then shoes could be removed out there and not track mud & sand inside.

There's lots to take into account when choosing a new flooring type. There are smooth stone tiles, porcelain, ceramic. With all the sand, these will be difficult enough to upkeep, wood would be even more problematic I think. An area rug at the door will help, but not much. Keep in mind how thick of a flooring material you can use because of doors and such.

You really need to find a way to keep the mud & sand outside, where it belongs. I know, easier said than done, especially with kids.

The Flooring Lady at February 27, 2009 11:16 AM

We bought a house that needs updating. we already replaced the halls and living room floors to travertine. Now we are going to replace the floors on our guest bathroom, kitchen, family room and eating area. it is a high traffic area. we were thinking of using travertine all over the house to keep the flow. we were going to order the travertine tiles at the same time but the installers told us that it was not a good idea for the kitchen because travertine can stain easely even when sealed. What do you think? We found a tile that is very similar in looks to the travertine, but it is not travertine. Would you have another suggestion of stone? please help.

Mara at February 27, 2009 12:34 PM

Thank you for your help. I am looking into heavy duty matting for all our doors!

Kimberly at February 28, 2009 8:49 AM

I would think so long as you use a penetrating sealer and then a finish/sealer you should be fine. What is the other tile that looks like travertine? There are also some wonderful faux stone (linoleum, etc.) that look very realistic too.

The Flooring Lady at March 1, 2009 12:11 PM

We want to replace the kitchen floor in our Victorian 1860s home. The kitchen was redone in the 1980s, and the wood floor has taken a beating. Aside from the updated eating area (which has green tile), the remainder of the house has original pine floors. The kitchen is long and narrow, and has a full-length runner/rug. Would reclaimed pine work? Any type of tile that is durable yet antique-y looking? We have four kids and a greyhound dog, so there are plenty of spills and traffic (although most hits the rug). Thanks!

Jackie at March 1, 2009 4:20 PM

Hi Jackie,
Yes, reclaimed pine would work, or you might just want to rent a drum sander and refinish the old flooring. If you seal it with something like Diamond Coat Varathane Polyurethane, it will actually make your flooring harder (will get damaged less easily) as well as giving it a nice shine - if you want them to be shiny. There are also matte finishes as well.

If you look at tile, there are many types that would work for you to give you that antique-y ambiance. You could consider stone, ceramic, porcelain...... you're going to have a job ahead of you just making a decision! ;~) Good luck!

The Flooring Lady at March 2, 2009 2:58 PM

Dear Floor Lady,
I have ceramic tile on my kitchen floor. I have very bad feet and I need something softer to walk on. We have quite a few spills so being able to clean often is important. Do you have any suggestions.


Rena at March 28, 2009 11:58 AM

Dear floor lady. I want a homely feel kitchen floor that will lead to my dining room, hall and through to my back door. My son is in a wheelchair, so very heavy wear. I was looking at ceramic, but it seems cold or is it just me! What would be best? My kitchen is rustic oak.

Cathy at March 30, 2009 12:21 PM

Hi Rena,
I haven't a clue as to what type of flooring choices you'd prefer. Please click the option "Full Archives" to see all of the available articles - this should give you a better idea of what all is out there.

The Flooring Lady at March 31, 2009 4:39 PM

Hi Cathy,
I think it may have just depended on what kind of ceramic you were looking at. I've seen many samples that look very warm and inviting. Don't be afraid to shop around and even find ideas on the internet.

The Flooring Lady at March 31, 2009 4:41 PM

We bought a broke down cheap house (all we could afford.) We have a young son 1.5 yrs and he can give anything a beating. I want to redo the kitchen floor. Right now it is cheap stick on vinyl tiles which I spend hours scrubbing to look around and see I made no difference. It looks just a dirty as before I started. I need a flooring that has a natural shine, easy to clean and can take a beating. I am a clean nut and need things to look shiny and clean but cant spend hours scrubbing. Any advise on the type of floor I should look at. please keep in mind have young son equals broke also lol Thanks in advance for all the help

kim at April 10, 2009 7:45 AM

Hi Kim,
Do you think the flooring is getting worn out? If not, you might want to try a product like StainSolver it's better than OxyClean because it's got more bleaching action. You can also seal it afterwards with a product like Diamond Coat Varathane Polyurethane. Stay away from products like Mop 'n Glo and orange products though - they can cause some real nightmares!

If you're really strapped for money, I would recommend new vinyl and use the poly over it.

Ever hear of It's a site where people give away things they no longer want/need to keep them out of the landfill (reduce, reuse, recycle!). You can become a member of a group(s) in your area. You can post for items you need too - you never know - you might luck into some tile or other material that you've only been able to dream about so far! You could even mix up different tiles to create a look that's uniquely your own. ;~) You still should seal them well with the poly though or another product that is specifically made for that type of flooring (depends on if it's ceramic/porcelain, stone, etc.)

It's tough to do any type of flooring when you're on a shoestring budget, but you shouldn't let that stop you - there are some creative ways around that.

You might even want to consider painting your vinyl tiles - it can be done. More about that here, here, and here.

The Flooring Lady at April 14, 2009 1:47 AM

I'm also getting a new refrigerator and stove. Should the floor, say wood, go under the appliances or just up to? I have gotten different answers regarding this.

One reason I'm replacing floor and fridge is that fridge leaked and water went under linoleum and I don't want to have this again. Linoleum was not under appliance. The installer did a horrible job. Also, I see a lot about marmoleum. What do you think of this product for a kitchen. I have a cape cod house and the reason I was thinking wood was so that it could continue to the hallway and livingroom. Thanks for your help!

Theresa at October 9, 2009 5:55 AM


I think the wood flooring would be fine in this situation. I would use the same flooring under the appliances as you have in the room. I could see that the refrigerator or stove may scratch a wood floor, but it would allow the floor to be completely sealed and match.

If you are adding the wood to the entire kitchen, don't forget to check the height of your appliances vs. any raise in the floor (like your dishwasher) to ensure you won't have a problem.

The Flooring Lady at October 13, 2009 10:02 AM

Dear Flooring Lady,

We are in the middle of a total remodel of our kitchen. It's just my husband and I and one small dog, but it will get a good amount of traffic. I have looked very hard for a flooring that will go with our new maple cabinets, and the one I like the best is Armstrong/Hartco-Sakura. It's my understanding that Sakura is a variety of cherry and we've been told that cherry is a very poor choice for kitchens. It has a 995 rating on the Janka scale and it seems like it might be too soft. I guess I already know the answer to this question, but I'd like you to weigh in on it. Is there a Janka number I shouldn't go below for kitchens? Thanks for any input you can give us.

Becky at October 14, 2009 12:07 PM

I have a log home with a 12X15 kitchen. I am in the process of flooring...I have hardwook in the room next to the kitchen would be hard to match. I want a warm looking florbut I don't think porcelin will do it. Any advice?

Suzanne at October 14, 2009 5:34 PM


Because of wood's natural tendency to absorb moisture, it is often recommended to avoid placing cherry flooring in kitchens, bathrooms, or laundry areas. You may want to read the article Cherry Hardwood Flooring.

The Flooring Lady at October 19, 2009 8:45 AM


Decorating a room, and choosing the tile you like are personal choices that would be really hard to assist with. My suggestion would be to look around at your other choices, and find what looks best to you. With the hardwood floor that is hard to match, you may be able to stain a new wood floor to match. Good luck with your project.

The Flooring Lady at October 19, 2009 8:48 AM

Flooring Lady Please HELP!

I have always wanted wood floors thru out my home and my husband tells me the kitchen is not good to have wood floors...the spills that would occur will damaged and cause more problems. Are his sources correct? I want the warmth of wood floors in our home, we have three kids 12 10 & 8 plus to dogs...PLEASE can you advise me of what is available.
Thank you,
Jo Dillon

Jo at November 4, 2009 8:50 AM


There are many choices available.

Hardwood flooring has usually not been thought of for kitchen flooring because of its susceptibility to water damage, but times have changed. The new hardwoods have a sealer or coating on them which makes them a practical choice for kitchen use. Hardwood flooring can instantly add character and warmth to a kitchen that will make everyone who walks into it feel welcome. You could develop some eye catching patterns by using different types of woods with their different colors and grains. Parquet tiles would give you a special look.

There is another article on Kitchen Flooring Ideas that may help with your decision.

The Flooring Lady at November 5, 2009 11:29 AM

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