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3 of the Best Kitchen Flooring Options


It’s not easy to choose flooring material for your kitchen because the room’s environment tends to sometimes be greasy and humid. Kitchen floors are also subjected to considerable amount of wear and tear so it’s vital to choose something that would withstand these conditions well. At Custom Concrete Floors, we recommend the options listed below for a busy residential or commercial kitchen:

1. Hardwoodcustom-concrete-flooring-kitchen

Hardwood is often the flooring of choice for most people, especially on residential properties. This material is beautiful to look at and comes in a variety of colours, designs, and textures. If you want a warm, aesthetically pleasing floor, you might want to consider this for your kitchen.

Of course, hardwood has some disadvantages as well. The flooring material is quite expensive and doesn’t fit into everyone’s budget. It’s also porous and can attract grease as well as mould. Hardwood floors are also a little difficult to maintain.

2. Tile

Tile is a very attractive and relatively affordable option. It comes in a variety of colours, textures, and finishes. You can install something that looks like natural wood and stone or choose a bright, interesting pattern. Tile is also quite durable, especially if you take good care of it.

However, this surface is quite hard and cold. It is also easy to crack and chip is something walls on it. While the tile surface isn’t porous, it is slippery so if you spill something on the surface, you need to clean it up quickly in order to avoid accidents.

3. Concrete

Concrete is one of the most versatile and popular flooring options available in the market. You can polish it to a glossy sheen and expose the aggregates in it, apply coating of different colours and textures on it, or stain it. It’s easy to maintain and will last for several years, if not decades, without any problems. Concrete floors are ideal for kitchen environments because they’re a breeze to clean don’t chip or crack easily.

Like all flooring materials, concrete also has some disadvantages. It takes time to install and add a finish to concrete. Freshly laid floors need at least 48 hours to cure. Concrete can sometimes be hard on your feet so you’ll need to place a soft carpet where you stand to make the floor more comfortable.

If you have any questions about kitchen flooring options or want a free, no-obligation estimate, give us at Custom Concrete Floors a call at 613 327 9127. You can also fill in this contact us form and we’re reply as soon as possible.

Custom Concrete Floors LTD.

Address: 1 Rideau St #770, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7

How to Clean Polished Concrete Floors


If you maintain your polished concrete floor well, it will easily last you for decades. Concrete material is very resilient and with proper care, can withstand all kinds of wear and tear without sustaining much damage. At Custom Concrete Floors, we recommend that you take the steps listed below to clean and maintain your concrete floors and extend their lifespan.polished-concrete-flooring-ottawa-custom-concrete-floors

Get All the Cleaning Equipment You Need

You’ll clean more efficiently if you have all of your cleaning materials organized and within easily reach. It would also be less exhausting if you don’t have to look through your cupboards for the right products. Here’s a list of things that you might need for the job:

  • A broom or a vacuum
  • A wet mop
  • A nylon brush
  • Bleach
  • Detergent or dish washer (mild)
  • Hydrogen peroxide (if needed)

Clear Your Floors

The next step is to remove all movable items from the floor so you can clean it thoroughly. Many people don’t move their furniture or clean under other heavy items. This causes dust, debris, mold, and grease to accumulate on the surface and damage the concrete. It’s a good idea to clean your floor thoroughly at least once every few months so clear the floor as much as you can before you begin cleaning.

Start Cleaning

  • Step One – Remove the layer of dust and debris from the surface. You can use your broom or your vacuum cleaner for the task. A vacuum is easier to use but the broom is more maneuverable.
  • Step Two – Once the dust is removed, examine your floor for any stubborn stains like spill marks, grease, etc. You will need to soak the stained area with warm soapy water before you use the nylon brush to scrub the surface. If the stain proves to be too stubborn, you can use bleach or hydrogen peroxide to clean it.
  • Step Three – After the stains are removes, you should mop the floor with soap water. You can use floor cleaners, dish washers, or detergents for the task. Just make sure your soap is mild enough to not harm the surface.

If you have any questions about concrete flooring maintenance or want a free, no-obligation estimate, give  Custom Concrete Floors a call at 613 327 9127. You can also fill in this contact us form and we’re reply as soon as possible.
Custom Concrete Floors LTD.

Address: 1 Rideau St #770, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7

Low Maintenance Flooring For Commercial Locations 


 

It can be a little difficult to choose the right flooring for commercial properties. You want something that looks good, is resilient enough to withstand how foot traffic and heavy loads, and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. This limits your options to a few flooring materials in the market. At Custom Concrete Floors, we recommend the options mentioned below:

Concrete Floorsepoxy flooring ottawa

Concrete has just broken into the residential sphere but has been a favourite with commercial property owners for several years now. This flooring material is very resilient and can easy bear heavy traffic and loads. It’s also sturdy and can’t be damaged easily, which can save money on repairs. If the concrete floor is damaged and develops cracks or dents, it can be easily repaired at a low cost.

Concrete is also relatively affordable in comparison to materials like wood, brick, or linoleum. Freshly poured concrete can cost anywhere between $1 and $3 per square foot, which makes it a great choice for commercial properties. Different types of concrete require different levels of maintenance.

  • Polished Concrete – You need to apply a good coating on top of the polished concrete to ensure it is protected against scratches and dents. You’ll just need to sweep and mop the surface to keep it clean and glossy and apply seals or coats once every few years. This will ensure the polished concrete floors last for a long time.
  • Stained Concrete – Acid stains tend to penetrate the concrete surface and bind with the material so they’ll last for a long time. Just dust and mop the surface to preserve its looks. You’ll need to use a pH neutral cleaner to ensure you don’t damage the stained finish.

Other Materials

There are other low-maintenance commercial floors available in the market. While these aren’t as resilient as concrete, they can be a good alternative:

  • Linoleum
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Vinyl
  • Laminate

These flooring options are popular with commercial property owners because they look good, are easy and affordable to install, and are low maintenance. Linoleum, vinyl, and laminate floors don’t take too much time to install, which reduces business downtime as well.

If you have any questions about concrete floors in Ottawa or want a free, no-obligation estimate, give us at Custom Concrete Floors a call at 613 327 9127. You can also fill in this contact us form and we’ll reply as soon as possible.