Parquet in the bathroom and kitchen? Queries and advice

Wood flooring in the bathroom and kitchen: yes or no?

Are you considering the possibility of installing parquet in your bathroom and kitchen? If so, you may be wondering about its reliability in these environments. The layout of the room and particular circumstances play an important role in choosing the right type of floor, as so factors such as practicality, maintenance requirements, aesthetics and more. In this post, we will guide you through these considerations to help you understand what is involved in having parquet flooring in your bathroom and kitchen – beyond just the cost.

Contemporary architecture sees these rooms as increasingly central places in the home. They are environments that can be customised, furnished, and enhanced with combinations of materials that add a touch of style as well as a natural feel. There are many doubts, however, when it comes to wooden floors in kitchens and bathrooms: “If water falls on the floor, will the parquet be damaged?”, “Is parquet a practical floor? Is it easy to manage?“, “ Can I clean and sanitise it?“. These are just some of the most frequently asked questions that customers ask parquet flooring specialists or professionals when they are considering laying this type of floor in their kitchen and bathroom.

Let’s find out whether wooden floors are really a suitable solution for these particular environments!

Why is parquet popular in bathrooms and kitchens?

The push towards this new architectural era must not be held back by the (outdated) belief that in certain rooms, due to humidity, vapour and an indoor microclimate, laying a parquet flooring would be inadvisable. 

The truth is that parquet has no limits of application and guarantees excellent performance in all environments. 

– Offers a seamless finish

– Guarantees “zero interruptions” between the floors of the different environments

– It is practical and hygienic

– It is elegant and refined

Parquet can be used in many rooms and areas of the house, but is also suitable for bathrooms and kitchens as it is usually treated with a layer of varnish or oil. In addition, its geometric pattern gives it a typically timeless look that can be combined with many styles over the years, making it an excellent investment for long-term structures. With careful maintenance and a little work, hardwood floors can make any space look good for years to come.

Let’s start with the possible fall of water drops on the parquet floor – perhaps while getting out of the shower or bath, or in the kitchen when washing the dishes. The wooden floor is protected and covered with special finishes, layers of varnish or oil impregnation, which make it water-repellent and practical to use. It is therefore perfectly capable of “resisting” water; the only necessary precaution is to dry the drops with a soft cotton cloth.

Advantages and disadvantages of parquet in the bathroom or kitchen

Parquet is an ideal choice for many families, as it provides a durable and elegant finish to a room. It features wooden elements of various sizes arranged in geometric patterns, which add a unique touch of class to any space. Maintenance must be regular and thorough: the joints must be cleaned to prevent dirt from accumulating. Despite these disadvantages, parquet flooring in a bathroom or kitchen continues to be popular due to its beauty and durability when used correctly.

Read our practice parquet maintenance guide 2023!

Moisture is not water

Compared to water, humidity could hide greater pitfalls as it is invisible and latent. Even in this case, however, it is sufficient to adopt minor precautions and tricks. A good habit, for example, is to ventilate your bathroom after a shower or bath, and your kitchen after using ovens and cookers.

In a domestic environment, a few drops of water may occasionally fall onto the floor. If promptly dried with a cloth, this does not necessarily damage the parquet. Conversely, if a pipe were to burst, this would cause extreme damage. In this case, however, any surface would be ruined. It is certainly wise to cover the most sensitive areas and those that are most likely to get wet: for example, the exit from the shower or the floor around sinks and washbasins.

Maintenance of parquet flooring in the bathroom and kitchen

Taking care of your parquet flooring in your bathroom and kitchen is essential for prolonging its life. By taking a few extra steps, you can ensure that your floors look great for years to come. For example, be sure to mop regularly with neutral cleaners and avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners. To increase protection and durability, use a microfibre cloth or cotton cloth to apply a protective layer to the floor after cleaning with a wood floor cleaner. It is also important to place rugs in the areas closest to the shower or sink to prevent the floors from wearing out due to water. With these simple tips, you can keep your parquet beautiful for years to come!

Parquet and design – in conclusion

In conclusion, parquet is a great option for any bathroom or kitchen. 

At first, many people are intimidated by the idea of using parquet: in the common imagination it is a very delicate choice, involving a lot of care and maintenance. However, nowadays, with the right precautions, such as those found here and in our guide, choosing parquet at home shouldn’t scare you. Thanks to the range of styles, colours and designs available, you are sure to find one that suits your needs and preferences perfectly. With careful installation and diligent maintenance, you can ensure that your wood floor will look as good for years to come as it does today! When deciding which parquet is best suited for you, remember to keep in mind the suggestions you have just read. 

Parquet and design

Last but not least, parquet is elegant and refined – uniquely so. It is the best natural material that can be placed in bathrooms and kitchens. With its extraordinary ability to adapt to furnishing and accessories, it will help you to emphasise any style you want to achieve. Visit our website to find out more: