PARQUET IN THE KITCHEN.
The use of parquet in the kitchen may be connected to an aesthetic choice, to make the room, which for many is the heart of the home, warmer and more familiar. Or it may be necessary since the kitchen is actually an exposed kitchenette with the living room which foresees parquet flooring. Or maybe because the tavern is also equipped with a kitchen.
Parquet can be safely used in the kitchen, as long as you keep in mind certain factors.
RESISTANCE TO FOOT TRAFFIC
The kitchen is the room in the house where people pass through the most and whose floor is then subjected to constant wear. This is the reason why highly resistant woods are preferred (like oak). The walking surface must be sufficiently thick; true for both solid as well as engineered parquets. With its 3.8 mm. top layer, XILO 1934 offers extensive guarantees for durability and allows for up to three re-sandings so even the most damaged and worn floor is restored to its original splendour.
SOLID OR ENGINEERED?
Opinions on this subject are divided. We would recommend engineered parquet because it is unanimously recognized as being more stable and less susceptible to dimensional variations.
We suggest a glued installation, given the characteristics of the environment more subject to rapid changes of microclimate. Floating installation nonetheless is possible.
A drop of oil or split fruit juice will leave no traces on the parquet, provided that they are cleaned up with a damp cloth in a reasonable timeframe, just as you would if you had a tile flooring. The time it takes to absorb is quite long and so there is more than enough time to dry.
An oil finish is recommended since it allows for surface smears or stains to be easily removed; by subsequently oiling the treated area the entire floor no longer needs to be polished. Moreover a well-oiled floor is practically non absorbent. Daily cleaning should be done with the appropriate XILO Neutral Soap or a similar product.
HUMIDITY AND TEMPERATURE
As a warning, it is best to keep the kitchen well ventilated while cooking since large amounts of steam may develop. For the ideal maintenance of the parquet, humidity levels should be around 50-60% and the room temperature between 18-21°C.
A FLOOR WITH A STORY
Parquet with a few trace of wear is not necessarily ugly, on the contrary, it can be rather pleasant. There are materials in which the aging effect is created artificially, to add history and warmth to a material in continuous transformation. If this effect is enjoyed, it is possible to choose from the very beginning the "natural" selection, looking more true-to-life, which is also easier to maintain because it conceals better scratches and spots.
In general parquet, for it flawless durability, is possible in the kitchen as long as you take good care of it.