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I think I need a new kitchen floor.

My current floor is some sort of laminate (I think it's Pergo or one of its knockoffs) was installed by the previous owners, and I'm not sure that they properly sealed it. I've been watching over the last week, with increasing alarm, an area one one of the tiles that seems to have absorbed some water. Over the last few days, some black spots have appeared.

I poured bleach on the black spots today, hoping that would help kill whatever's growing, but I'm not happy about this.

I'm going to have to rip out the current floor (which I've never really liked), and put in something else.

I've called Jose to come and take a look at it and think of some alternatives. He has some connections and may be able to get me some flooring at deep discounts or wholesale. Jose suggested maybe cork.

I'm sort of inclined to go with Flor carpeting (more at Design Within Reach, the tiles are nearly 20 inches square, and I'm sort of thinking about the bottom three tiles), which may be a little more expensive per square foot, but I can design and install myself. The price varys depending on the type I get. I'm looking for the simplest and cheapest and most durable flooring I can find.

Of course, I need to figure out where this moisture is coming from. There aren't any pipes under the floor there as far as I can tell (I leaned under the house to see if there was any water dripping down, but I didn't crawl under to see if there was a leak). It's right in front of my washer/dryer, but the pipes go out the back there. All of the pipes hang a few inches under the house, so I don't understand where the water is coming from.


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Mar. 7th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
a testimonial in favor of cork - ie: listen to your baby bro ;)
we have cork. it is AMAZING. SOOOO comfortable to work on, because it is springy and good on the feet. And, as suits our less-than-housekeeperly approach to life, it hides a MULTITUDE of sins ;). Ie: you don't have to wash it super regularly.

the carpet looks nice, too, but I fear the idea of carpeting in a kitchen. I am, however, a slob....
Mar. 7th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
Re: a testimonial in favor of cork - ie: listen to your baby bro ;)
also, I don't remember our cork being overly challenging to install - it too came in tiles.
Mar. 7th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
black spots sound like mold! we have slate tiles and wood and they are nice and easy to clean up kitty messes! and no formaldehide like pergo! tiles are nice cuz they are sealed to (cept you have to seal slate cuz it is porus and the sealer on it is not so great so someday we have to seal it again!).

could something have spilled a while back and soaked in and just now the mold has growed enough to show?

xoxoxoxoxox from boo
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