Re: Kitchen Flooring
From: Janet Murphy (
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2019 15:28:47 -0800 (PST)
Arboretum Cohousing has large ceramic tiles in our Commons kitchen. They
aren't as soft as cork or wood or marmoleum, but in 10 years we have never
had to wax or refinish them. They should have a lifetime of 50 years.
After all the work of a build you may think waxing a floor three times a
year, or professionally refinishing one every 5 or 10 years isn't a big
deal, but it is. We have Marmoleum in our small laundry rooms and they
don't look very good because we don't get to waxing them more than once a
We have softened the surfaces in front of sinks and cutting boards with
rubber mats. Did you know you can run them through your sanitizer to clean
them? We do that a few times a year.
Your buildings will need lots of ongoing care. Do your best to have
surfaces that need minimal attention. You will have more time for community!
Janet M
Arboretum Cohousing, Madison WI

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> From: Sharon Villines <sharon [at]>
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> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Re CH kitchen flooring
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> > On Feb 21, 2019, at 12:08 PM, Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah <welcome [at] 
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> > RoseWind in Port Townsend WA
> > We have had our Marmoleum floor for 19 years now. I also have it in my
> home of 23 years.
> > Advantages: Environmentally friendly, attractive, resilient (dishes
> practically bounce if dropped).
> > Cons: Needs official installer, not cheap, will gouge if a hard heavy
> metal object is dropped on it, corrodes from harsh chemicals such as may
> splash from commercial-type dishwasher.
> We replaced linoleum fit together planks a number of years ago. Do not use
> these. Easy to install but seep water and degrade very quickly. We put  in
> solid sheet Marmoleum which  has worked much better for all the reasons
> Maraiah mentioned.
> Marmoleum should last ?forever? if it is cared for. The color and pattern
> go all the way through the product so it looks the same when worn. BUT it
> does require polishing/sealing at least 3 times a year. I don?t know why
> they call it polish ? it?s really a clear surface, like hard wax.
> It also stretches after installation so plan for an adjustment a year or
> so out. The floor people came back and refit one side to take up the slack.
> It will also wear if the subfloor is not smooth. We have a transition to
> another subfloor and feet have worn off the surface over a board that isn?t
> level.
> > I apply a quality high-solids floor wax about 3x a year, in between damp
> mopping is enough.
> We use a professional company 2x a year and it isn?t enough. They also use
> machines to take off the old polish and they  wear down the floor. The last
> time, they left scratches in the surface on the corridors that look  like
> someone has dragged heavy boxes over  it. They hadn?t. The scratches are
> too regular and go the width of the corridor. It was the brushes on the
> machine.
> They  won?t do the floors more than twice a year because it wears them
> out!!!!! Like why are you doing this if you are just wearing out the
> floors. I haven?t had the energy to take this on but we need to put on
> polish ourselves much more frequently and just ask them to remove all of it
> once a year. The floors would be much easier to maintain and look fresh and
> new. Things could easily be wiped up. Sweeping would be easier. As our
> floor man said, ?Someone came late to the maintenance party.?
> We are in the process of redesigning and redoing the kitchen so I haven?t
> pressed it. The Marmoleum may not fit the new plan. But it hurts my Zen
> sensibilities to have it looking so dull and the surface wearing off.
> I understand why people like vinyl tile in kitchens. The linoleum in my
> grandmother's kitchen had been there at least 50 years but it was polished
> regularly.
> I think Marmoleum is still the best option. It?s a wood product so
> sustainable. And soft and quiet.
> Sharon
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> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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