Of all the flooring options you may have considered for your kitchen, carpet is likely not one of them. Although carpet has never been an extremely common option for kitchens, there are a few reasons why you should consider it. It does offer certain benefits over more standard options, such as tile, linoleum, hardwoods, and laminates.
The Benefits of Carpet in the Kitchen
It is likely that no other floor surface in your home experiences as much prolonged standing as the kitchen. Whether preparing a meal, cleaning it up, or using the kitchen as a gathering place, it is likely that people in the kitchen will be on their feet for extended periods of time. For this reason, carpet in the kitchen offers certain benefits over other flooring options. When installed with a pad, carpet provides a comfortable standing surface that will minimize foot and leg fatigue that can be the result of prolonged standing. Moreover, carpet is also quieter and warmer than other flooring options, which can make your kitchen a cozier and more inviting space – especially during cold Milwaukee winters. Lastly, whereas tile can break due to impact, and vinyl and linoleum can be nicked and scratched, carpet will withstand the potential abuses of use in the kitchen quite well and do so at an affordable price.
What Kind of Carpet is Right for the Kitchen?
Given that the kitchen is a high-traffic area with running water and a high potential for spills, there are a few considerations to keep in mind when selecting a carpet for your kitchen. You’ll want to select a durable, stain resistant carpet material with a low pile (the visible surface of the carpet). This will limit the absorption of liquids that may come into contact with the carpet and make cleaning easier. Certain synthetic materials are generally recommended for this type of carpet usage because of their durability and cost effectiveness. These include nylon, acrylic, and polyester (polypropylene [olefin] is not a great choice due to its lower durability, lower heat resistance, and its tendency to react with grease). Wool makes a wonderful, natural alternative that is also highly durable and water, stain, and heat resistant, but it tends to be a bit more expensive.
If you appreciate the benefits of carpeting in your kitchen and are considering making it a feature of your home, be sure to contact Floor Coverings International in Waukesha, serving the Waukesha, Brookfield, and Milwaukee area. It would be our pleasure to discuss your options with you and provide a free in-home consultation.
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