Few Tips for Oak Flooring the Kitchen
If you have oak flooring in your kitchen you would be thinking what a wonder that is during the winter. One can even walk barefoot in the kitchen during the winter if the kitchen floor is completed with oak flooring. If you plan to have oak flooring to your kitchen you must be wondering if you should do it yourself or if you must hire professional help with the flooring.
If you decide to do the flooring yourself and ordered the amount of oak flooring your kitchen require. You must first acclimatise before you lay the oak flooring. If you have under floor heating it may take few weeks to see if it makes any changes to the texture of the flooring. Also you must check if the humidity of the kitchen can make any changes to the floor in the long run. The ideal humidity in the kitchen is expected to be around 40% – 60%. If for some reason it is different than this it is advisable for you to go for some man made flooring.
If you go for oak flooring try to buy some extra flooring than what you exactly need for the floor. This extra bit of flooring can be quite useful if you happen to damage a part of your floor and needs that area of the floor to be replaced. Since the oak flooring coming in various shades of colours sometimes you might not be able to find out the same shade when you want to replace the damaged floor area.
Laying oak flooring onto a floor that is not properly level can lead to many complexities. So it is always recommended to level the floor. Most of the time the easiest way to do this is spread some floor levelling compound to make smoothly even so it can easily grasp the oak flooring. If the floor is uneven it may lead the floor to be damaged when you walk over on the floor.
When the flooring is successfully laid the next step is oiling it or lacquering it to give a nice finished look as well as to protect the floor. If you oil the floor, the maintenance is quite easy. In case the floor gets scratched it is only a matter of reapplying oil to the affected area. But if you go for lacquering, when the floor gets scratched, the whole floor has to be sanded and relaquered. Also if you want to look at the same issue in a different angle, each scratch and mark on your floor indicates the presence of the much loved family and friends at your cosy nest.
In addition to lacquering or oiling there are other simple things you can do to keep the floor protected. Sweeping regularly is one simple step. It will keep the sand away that can scratch the wooden floor.
It is advisable to keep the oak flooring as dry as you can and take all the steps to avoid water spilling on the wooden floor. Wipe off any water spillage as soon as possible. If you use a dishwasher in the kitchen you have to be extra careful about any possible water spillage from the dishwasher as well.