|Common house kitchen flooring||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:45:57 -0700 (PDT)|
We have been using our common house for 15 years. Our flooring choices have seemed to work well. Stony tile in the front hall and bathrooms, bamboo in the rec room, oak in the dining/great room, and Marmoleum in the kitchen/pantry and in what was for years the young-kid room, and is now a small lounge for small meetings, or for viewing video. The request was made, on this list, to review kitchen flooring. Marmoleum is "real" linoleum, with cork (if I remember right) ground up with a binder and calendared onto a jute backing. Advantages: It is relatively soft, so dropped dishes almost bounce, seldom breaking. It has been easy to maintain: a dark swirly color doesn't show minor dirt. I use a beeswax-based floor polish a few times a year, and just damp mop the rest of the time. It looks sort of home-y, especially to those of us who grew up with linoleum floors. Disadvantages: It's fairly expensive, and should be installed by someone certified to do so. (Watch out for nails in the subfloor that may work their way up over the years, making little bumps in the surface. Its softness is a disadvantage in two ways: it will nick if something hard and heavy is dropped on it; it will corrode in contact with some chemicals, including some of what our commercial dishwasher uses: the slight splashes underneath evolved into pits in the flooring before we noticed and added a big tray there. When first installed, the linseed oil in it gives off a scent. But in 15 years, we've only sustained a couple of nicks, and a couple of places cleaning chemicals pitted. Overall, I'm pleased with it, and in most places it looks as good as new. Maraiah Lynn Nadeau, RoseWind Cohousing, Port Townsend WA
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