My kitchen has a double layer of linoleum (one over the other) flooring. Right in the middle of the room is a huge spot where the sub-floor is exposed from the table and chairs being moved around for years.
I've read very good ideas on how to remove the linoleum. My question is once I get to the sub-floor what's best to use on it? Linoleum again? Adhesive tile squares? I need a clue.
By JeanieB from IA
I would not use Adhesive tile squares, they do not stay glued to the floor. Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic tile, it is manufactured using a series of unique clay minerals. Porcelain is a very resistant and durable product, it has a very hard surface and a solid structure.
You may want to consider laminate flooring if you want a wood look type floor. I have had Pergo flooring in my kitchen for 8+ years and it has held up well. It cleans up with vinegar water.
I would go with real wood or a laminate wood material. It depends on your budget, as real wood is often a little more.
The best flooring for you depends on your lifestyle. It's just my elderly hubby and me here (with the recent addition of his 46-yr-old son,) so the adhesive wood-look linoleum tiles hubby put down a couple of years ago are holding up nicely. This flooring got put down in the kitchen, bathroom and a small hall between the two. The linoleum tiles were reasonably priced. Since hubby did most of the work himself and only paid a helper $50, it worked out pretty well for us. For a family with kids and heavier traffic, you might consider something tougher like ceramic tiles with grout, or wood. For heavy-duty usage, you need heavy-duty flooring!
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My kitchen floor desperately needs to be replaced! So what should I use? Ceramic tile? Linoleum? Laminate? I have hardwood floors throughout the rest of my house (built in 1941) and I have two children and a dog running all over the place. What would be my best choice?
My personal choice is sheet vinyl. That's what I have now. It's very easy to clean, soft on the feet, and it comes in many colors and patterns. The one I have looks like ceramic tile. I had ceramic tile in another house. It was cold and while the tile itself was easy to clean, the grout was not. Even with dark grout that's been sealed, the dirt might not show, but it's there. I wouldn't want hardwood in the kitchen. I would be afraid of a leaky dishwasher or refrigerator ruining the wood.
I agree about sheet vinyl, it takes a lot less work to keep up. The grout that tile requires is just plain nasty to keep looking decent.
I always liked marmoleum, they have a click product that is easy to install, and it is almost indestructible. http://www.forbo-flooring.us/Residential-Flooring/
They make a floating sheet vinyl now that is very easy to install and very soft to the feet.
I had bamboo flooring put in my kitchen and I love it.
My kitchen is tiny, but we have laminate from Home depot a few years ago. It is a dream to clean with a spray of Windex and a dry mop Or just a terry towel.I sometimes just spray the Windex and throw a couple of paper towels on it and drag my foot across it to pick up any spills. It dries in seconds and shines up fast. It is hard to pick up water off it though. But just a fast Windex spray and it is gone. The Windex is what the mfg. said to use on it.I love it. GG Vi
Vinyl. You can get just about any pattern/color you can imagine. Get a good quality and it will last. I have 4 cats and a dog. My floor is now ten years old and looks brand new. I keep it vacuumed so that dirt doesn't ruin the finish and washed every one to two weeks. I don't like ceramic. It's cold, the grout it always nasty, and everything you drop is certain to be broken!
We have wood laminate and love it!