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pale (ish) limestone or marble floor in a kitchen - stupid idea or not?

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Fozzleyplum Mon 14-Mar-16 20:27:51

I am revamping my kitchen and thinking about having a limestone or marble floor in a pale-ish colour (anything from dark cream to a sandy tone). I've read the other threads about this type of floor, and have taken note of the comments about sealants, but the threads are a few years old, so I was wondering if there were any new sealant products.

We have teenagers and cats, and we don't generally have wild parties of the red wine spilling variety, so I can be fairly confident that any spills would be cleaned up quickly, with the possible exception of middle-of-the-night cat sick(!).

Any advice/thoughts would be welcome if you have experience of how this type of floor wears in a kitchen, and how careful you have to be.


Liara Mon 14-Mar-16 20:29:41

I have it in a living room, and it is painful enough there.

I wouldn't contemplate it for a kitchen, unless you really enjoy scrubbing floors.

wholecanofbeans Mon 14-Mar-16 20:35:53

I have cream marble in kitchen and bathrooms. It's not actually too bad. Steam mop once a day keeps it ok. And we have dogs.

lighteningirl Mon 14-Mar-16 20:42:35

I have pale almost white marble kitchen floor I wear fluffy socks in the kitchen cleans as I go [grins] I love it.

PigletJohn Mon 14-Mar-16 20:47:07

I would worry about people slipping over when liquid is spilled on it. Obviously all dropped cups, plates and glasses will smash.

BTW limestone and marble are made of limescale, so dissolve in kitchen cleaner, vinegar, and lemon juice.

Fozzleyplum Mon 14-Mar-16 20:48:30

I'm less worried about it showing the dirt than I am about staining it if anything gets spilled. Am interested to hear about you steam mopping yours, wholecan, as I wasn't sure if that removed the sealant. Lighteningirl, how do you prevent staining of your marble floor?

lighteningirl Mon 14-Mar-16 20:51:36

My tiles aren't marble they are porcelain I always have very light tiles in kitchens and bathrooms no one ever slipped over yet but yes stuff smashes but it does on any stone or tiled floor.

lighteningirl Mon 14-Mar-16 20:52:37

Should of read your post properly sorry

FinnMcCool Mon 14-Mar-16 20:55:18

I have pale porcelain ceramic tiles. Easy enough to keep clean.
Don't get me started on sweaty teenage barefoot prints though.

Fozzleyplum Mon 14-Mar-16 20:57:27

Not a problem, lighten. My alternative is some sort of light porcelain tiles (I have them in my bathroom), but I really like the look of stone and I haven't yet found any porcelain tiles that imitate it well enough except some Fired Earth ones that cost £129 per sq metre

EagleRay Mon 14-Mar-16 20:59:43

I've had a limestone/travertine floor in my kitchen for 11 years now. No desperately awful stains that I can see, but do find it a PITA to clean possibly because I'm lazy

Also have smaller tiles of same material in wet room. Now they're a real PITA! Mildew/mould staining everywhere which won't shift, and the wall tiles go very orangey, but this does scrub off. Oh, and my lodger spilt Viakal all over the tiles when cleaning the shower head (he had already been warned that this was punishable by death)

Fozzleyplum Mon 14-Mar-16 21:10:07

EagleRay, I'm assuming you're doing something right with your kitchen floor if it still looks good after 11 years. How do you clean the floor? I use a steam mop and Method cleaner on my existing tiles - do you have to do anything more onerous than that? And do you have to keep resealing it?

PigletJohn Mon 14-Mar-16 21:13:01

what did the Viakal do?

playitagainsally Mon 14-Mar-16 21:14:48

I've got limestone in my kitchen and love it. It was sealed when it went down 2 years ago and has had red wine and curry chucked on it without staining.
It's sort of mottled and hides all the dirt blush

BeachysFlipFlops Mon 14-Mar-16 21:16:27

Just three words..... Have dark grout!

RaphaellaTheSpanishWaterDog Mon 14-Mar-16 21:32:53

DH laid fired earth cathedral antique limestone in our last kitchen. It looked fab and had no issues with breakages, spills or slipping - but there's only the two of us plus two dogs - although when one dog was a puppy she had a few accidents off the puppy pads and despite my best efforts it did seep down into the grout.

EagleRay Mon 14-Mar-16 21:37:49

Fozzleyplum I think I just have fairly low standards blush. However, the light coloured ridiculously expensive, imported from Japan oilcloth on the kitchen table hasn't fared nearly as well. Every time it even sees the toddler's mostly tomato-based dinners it comes out in permanent pink/orange splodges. And yet the floor does at least look stone-coloured. Like playitagainsally's floor, it was sealed when it was fitted and it's a Mandarin one too!

PigletJohn the Viakal was like throwing bleach over your favourite dress, although the marks have faded with a bit of time.

The kitchen is currently being replaced and I was tempted to get rid of the floor as when it was originally fitted, it was cut up to the units and now that the kitchen layout is changing, there's all these annoying gaps. And it's laid diagonally so there's lots of annoying triangular cut bits which will have to be removed and relaid with whole tiles. And of course there's the challenge of matching to the original tiles which are no doubt several shades darker now...

EagleRay Mon 14-Mar-16 21:41:43

And here's mine

Btw, where I live, 'Mandarin' is used frequently as a verb, eg I have Mandarined my kitchen and bathroom confused

Fozzleyplum Mon 14-Mar-16 21:47:50

Well, Eagle, if it's survived 11 years and a toddler, you're doing well! I'm planning to have the return cut off my wooden kitchen, so that I can have one of those block type things instead of a table. My tile floor is going to be full of holes, too...hence the plan to replace it with limestone or marble.

I noticed on a previous thread that posters mentioned the advisability of re-sealing limestone/marble/ travertine every year or so. Anyone got any recommendations for an effective sealant?

Fozzleyplum Mon 14-Mar-16 21:55:20

Ooh, playitagain, I love those tiles - they're exactly the type of thing I have my eye on. Will have to have a look at Mandarin Stone. I've been to the showroom here Floors of Stone and they have a lovely range. I could spend far too much time doing this!

Fozzleyplum Mon 14-Mar-16 22:00:34

Your floor looks gorgeous, too, Eagle. It seems Mandarin don't have a showroom in the Midlands, which is a shame, but Floors of Stone seem to have the same type of thing for a similar price.

well, no real horror stories yet - but would love to hear any more reports from owners of stone floors.

OnePlanOnHouzz Mon 14-Mar-16 22:01:30

Invest in a scooba too, to clean it !! It's a bit noisy - but mops it for you!!
I have travertine in my kitchen hall and a downstairs bathroom !

( we live rurally with a dog, an equestrian mad teen and a husband who all love mucking it up for me !!) shock

EagleRay Mon 14-Mar-16 22:08:48

<waves at OnePlanOnHouzz> It's me, one of your customers from last Oct! Building work only started last week - they have 7 weeks max to finish it!

The Scooba looks like the object of my dreams smile

wowfudge Mon 14-Mar-16 22:12:07

Have Amtico or Karndean instead: the look of marble, etc with the easy care properties of luxury vinyl tiles. Soft and warm underfoot and won't crack, chip, break things if you drop them.

OnePlanOnHouzz Mon 14-Mar-16 22:17:52

Yay ! Waves back - (then scratches head as there have been quite a few MN's I've worked with and you all have brilliant MN names which don't always match who I think you are !!)

Ummm Basement ... Ah - I think I know !! Nice pantry and a diving pic over the fireplace ?!? Yes I remember !!! Yay !!! If I were a bit closer I'd cook you dinner !!! smile

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