Parquet in the kitchen? Yes, sure!
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. For many, cooking is not just the place to store food and prepare meals, but much, much more. It is the cozy center of family life. In a kitchen is not only cooked, but also eaten together. Here the whole family meets to sit, talk or play together. The trend of so-called & quot; American Cuisine & ldquo ;, in which living room and kitchen unite without dividing, is also becoming more popular. There is a flowing transition between kitchen, dining room and living room. Nowadays, almost all houses are built in this way. [
] It is understandable that you want to make the space as beautiful as possible by spending so much time. The times of the purely functional mini-kitchen made of plastic are over.
The floor has a special meaning when it comes to the furnishing of the kitchen - or of the entire living-dining area. And more and more popular is the wooden floor, especially parquet. Parquet in the kitchen - will you perhaps ask yourself? Is not the noble wood too bad for a room in which the floor is more stressed than in all other rooms? In the often times is spilled, in the best case water, in the worst case, red wine is spilled?
I can answer this question very easily, namely: parquet in the kitchen? Yes, sure! Especially for the kitchen, the robust natural material is a very good choice. Parquet not only looks beautiful and decorative, it also absorbs heat and regulates moisture. Small splashes that you do not notice and therefore do not wipe up, absorbs the wood and releases the moisture later. And bigger "mishaps" Anyway, wipe it away - no matter if the floor is made of wood or tiles. In addition, parquet is considered to be particularly resistant and durable. If you - like all other floors - vacuum it regularly and wipe it with a slightly damp cloth, the wooden floor in the kitchen will certainly give you a lot of pleasure for a long time. What you can also do for a beautiful parquet floor in the kitchen, you will learn in the following.
For the kitchen floor, they should definitely opt for a hard wood.
Lay no in the kitchen soft woods. Of particular note is maple or beech - these woods have a very uniform appearance, and you can see even the very smallest stain or scratches!
Recommended wood species for the parquet in the kitchen are oak, beech or ash. These woods have a high density and can cope best with heavy use.
My special tip is oiled old oak. Due to the knotholes and very irregular structure at all, no dirt or minor damage can be seen.
Then the parquet in the kitchen should definitely be thick enough. Because the thicker the wood, the more often you can sand down the floor, oil and re-seal, and the longer the floor will be preserved.
Care of kitchen parquet
For cleaning parquet flooring: Less is more. This applies to both water and cleaning agents.
Too much moisture causes wood to swell up. Therefore, always use a heavily wrung cloth or a cotton cloth.
Never clean parquet floors with commercially available household cleaners or scourers! As a result, the wood quickly loses its beautiful shine. Also, the scraping of dirt with a spatula or knife is not recommended!
Recommended, however, is some Essigessenz or ammonia - diluted well with water. In hardware stores and also in some supermarkets you will find special parquet cleaner.
Grinding and Lubrication
Parquet is one of the most durable and resistant floor coverings. After years of use, however, its surface is dull, and it is one or the other scratches to see. And here is another advantage of the wooden floor - you can renovate it several times. And this is done by grinding and oiling.
Oil preserves the natural character of the wood, because it lets the wood breathe. Even possible repair work on oiled parquet easier to carry out. How does the
sanding and oiling of parquet work?
In general, oiling parquet is recommended for high-quality, semi-drying or drying oils.
Checklist for sanding and oiling kitchen parquet:
- Parquet oil
- Roller or disc sander for surfaces
- Side and corner sander
- Polishing machine
- Cotton rag
- Stirring bar
- Plastic bucket with water
- Plastic water bowl for the oil flaps
- Poss. Hard Wax and Polishing Pads
How to proceed:
- Ensure optimum room temperature
- Grind parquet
- Apply parquet oil
- Let it act
- Remove residues with a cloth
A temperature of 18 to 25 ° C is optimal. Also ensure that sunlight can not fall on the parquet.
First sand the parquet down to the raw wood. This allows the pores to absorb the oil better later. Use a roll or disc sander for the surfaces, and use the side sander for the corners. You need several passes - from coarse to fine grinding. This is the only way to achieve the desired result.
After sanding, you can repair damaged joints. Use a mixture of sanding dust and joint putty.
There's been a lot of dust from sanding and you need to get rid of it now. If you are careless here, the parquet oil will then bind the remaining dust.
Thoroughly stir the parquet oil over and pour it piece by piece onto the floor. Distribute the oil evenly. Use a brush for corners and edges.
Let the oil work now, please observe the manufacturer's instructions. Most parquet oils require about 15 minutes of exposure time.
After the exposure phase, remove the excess oil using the cotton cloth. Depending on the size of the kitchen you probably need several such rags. Place the used oil-soaked cloths in the water bucket.
If you grow the parquet after oiling, it will close the open pores. Thus, the soil is protected from the ingress of moisture. Apply the wax very thinly and polish the parquet with the pads.
Now you must not enter the oiled parquet floor for 24 hours. Then he is walkable again. You should wait at least 48 hours to (re) set up furniture.
Parquet in the kitchen not only looks great, it's also a more than adequate floor covering for this room. If you maintain your parquet floor well, grind and oil regularly, you will enjoy it for a very long time!
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