Can I put wood flooring in my kitchen?

Tiles have long been the kitchen floor covering of choice for reasons of practicality. However, the development of modern techniques and materials has seen specially designed wood floors take centre stage. The kitchen is the hub of the home; a room where careful attention is paid to fittings and decoration. If you’re wondering how to strike the right balance between style and practicality, here are a few guidelines to follow when installing wood floors in the kitchen.

What wood should I choose for my kitchen floor?

The kitchen is one of the most humid rooms in the house. The ambient humidity increases when the space is in use, not to mention the risk of household ‘accidents’. From food spills to splashes from washing up, kitchen floors are particularly vulnerable to stains, knocks and seepage. What's more, summer and winter alike, there are constant temperature variations when cooking, whether in the oven or on a frying pan.

What finish should I choose for a wood floor installed in the kitchen?

In the kitchen, an oiled wood floor is your best bet. Panaget offers 14 different varieties with a total of 72 products to choose from. Oiled wood floors are easier to maintain and spot-clean when stains or watermarks appear. Once installed, finish your floor with a thin layer of Panaget maintenance oil for superior protection. In case of stains, oiled floors can be sanded, cleaned and re-oiled (either partially or completely). In the absence of any damage, you need only reapply a coat of protective oil once a year to keep your wood looking and performing its best.
Prefer lacquered wood floors? Why not mix and match materials? Whilst lacquer is less resistant to wear and tear, it is possible to install lacquered floors across most of the room and only tile the kitchen island. Pair wood floors with cement or ceramic tiles for a unique look.

What type of installation is suitable for kitchen wood floors?

We advise ‘full’ glue-down installation to ensure the floor is as watertight as possible. Use a specially designed polymer glue spread over the floor in an even layer. This installation method will ensure your kitchen wood floor is firmly adhered and will prevent moisture from seeping in.

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