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Kitchen Floor Tile - Guidelines and Ideas
Kitchen Floor Tile - Armstrong Lancelot Cinnabar

Kitchen Floor Tile - Armstrong Lancelot Cinnabar

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When you're shopping for kitchen floor tile, you may think: "It's tile. It's on the floor. Thus, kitchen floor tile!"

Not so simple. Kitchen floor tile has certain factors that you will want to keep in mind; factors that distinguish it from tile in other areas of the house.

Water-Resistance

Even though kitchens are not as water-intensive as a shower, bath, or even the general bathroom area, they do get water. That's the number one reason why surfaces like tile (vinyl or ceramic) or sheet vinyl are great for kitchens: water can't get through.

Durability

Kitchens are notorious for getting lots of activity, and not all of it related directly to cooking. So, your kitchen floor tiles need to stand up to the constant flow of traffic.

Standing/Walking Comfort

One thing that many cooks do not like about using tile in the kitchen is that it is hard on one's back and legs, especially when you stand for a long time. Resilient floor tile provides more "give" than ceramic tile.

Stains

Ever wonder why so many kitchen floor tile designs use earthen tones? These darker tones hide the dirt from foot traffic and cooking spills better than, say, a pristine white.

Breakage

This is a minor point, but it bears mentioning. Resilient floor tiles provide for better breakage protection than ceramic. Accidentally sweep a bottle of olive oil off the counter, and the vinyl kitchen tile will help protect against glass breakage. Do the same thing with ceramic tile, and you'll be wet-mopping oil for days to come.

Shown here, Armstrong Lancelot Cinnabar, in the Afton Series. This is a vinyl kitchen floor tile with a printed design. This tile is self-adhesive, and the semi-gloss finish is no-wax.

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