A parquet floor in the kitchen is a choice of great elegance that transmits warmth to the whole room. Having overcome the doubts of the past, according to which it seemed a risk to lay a wooden floor in such a critical area, today parquet is able to adapt to the needs of any room. The innovations of the sector, in fact, have introduced processes and treatments that make it possible to obtain resistant parquet, suitable for the kitchen, capable of withstanding falling objects and water, moving chairs and tables, comings and goings of friends and relatives.
So here’s how to choose a parquet for your kitchen in order to enhance the rooms with a noble material such as wood and at the same time protect it from deterioration.
Parquet in the kitchen: what type of wood to choose
First of all it must be said that for the kitchen it is necessary to choose a high-quality parquet. Poor wooden flooring has little chance of surviving wear for a long time. Another important aspect to take into consideration is the resistance of the type of wood and finish. The chosen essence must have certain characteristics that allow it to “defend itself” from any accidents. In particular, the parquet must not deform due to humidity and must resist bumps and scratches.
Nowadays, an oak-parqueted kitchen is probably the most popular and trendy option, but teak, wenge and iroko are also used for this area of the house.
Among the characteristics of oak there is good stability, i.e. resistance to humidity, which is essential in the event of water falling on the floor, and then a hardness and abrasion resistance suitable for the activities normally carried out in the kitchen.
The thickness of the planks to install in the kitchen
The kitchen is the most trodden area of the house, especially in some places. Therefore the parquet must be thick enough to cope with its continuous use.
The advice is to choose planks with adequate thickness, with a noble layer of around 3.5 mm, even if the ideal would be to lay a parquet with 4 mm of noble layer, such as those of Gazzotti 18.
How to install a parquet floor in the kitchen?
As we know, the three main laying techniques are: nailed, floating and glued. Leaving aside the nailed laying, now no longer in use, due to its complexity and unfunctionality, first of all we have to say that floating laying is only possible for large-format planks, when the weight of each plank helps the stability of the whole.
Glued installation is therefore the most universal solution for the kitchen as well as for other environments.
On the other hand, you can indulge yourself in the laying geometries. Also in the kitchen, paying attention to the aesthetic characteristics of the room, you can opt, for example, for a classic running installation or for a refined Italian or Hungarian herringbone.
Coating or oil treatment?
Finishes and treatments are very important for kitchen parquet. For this area of the house, parquet coating is an excellent solution. Thanks to the varnish, the wood is covered with a protective layer that makes it resistant to liquids and easy to clean.
But even oil treatment can prove to be a suitable solution. In case of stains or shallow scratches, it is enough to treat the parquet with a coat of oil to make it practically perfect again. And it is sufficient to perform this operation once or twice a year.
How to wash your kitchen’s parquet floor?
To choose the right parquet for your kitchen it is therefore necessary to pay attention to several details. If in doubt, follow the advice of the experts.
In addition to respecting the precautions already described, it is possible to safeguard a wooden floor with good maintenance. The parquet must be cleaned often enough with a slightly damp cloth and with a neutral product. The important thing is not to wash it “by splashing”, because otherwise the wood would absorb the water, risking damage.
On Gazzotti 18’s website you can find other useful tips for cleaning your parquet.