The short answer: yes. Despite moisture having always been the sworn enemy of wood, given the proper care, hardwood floors in the kitchen and powder room can be a beautiful addition to your home. When choosing a floor, being properly informed will make this decision easier as well as help you prolong the life of your new wood floors.
UV lacquer is a very hard-wearing and durable finish, found to be more than sufficient for any residential interior. However, when enough damage accumulates over time, sections of the floor (planks or entire sections) might need to be replaced. In the kitchen, it’s most commonly the areas in front of the sink, the stove, and especially the fridge that are prone to damages from drops or spills. To protect your floor, use small mats or rugs in those areas.
Oil Finished floors are not as hard wearing as lacquers but reserve their own benefits – local area damages can be repaired rather easily. “Spot repairs” can be achieved using sanding paper, stain (if available) and a refresher oil. An oil-finished hardwood floor is usually the best option for a kitchen in where spills can be cleaned up quickly. Regardless of the type of surface finish, remember to wipe up spills immediately. Sweep, dust, or vacuum regularly and occasionally wipe the surface with a damp mop or cloth. Avoid oil-based sprays, waxes, and polishes, as well as abrasive cleansers. WOCA or BONA hardwood floor products are recommended.
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