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post #1 of 19
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Hi,

 

We recently remodeled our kitchen removing an unused closet in the entry foyer and made that into an entrance into our galley kitchen which made room for a small eating area suitable for a kitchen table.

 

We now have an island with a breakfast/buffet bar and although I'm not against adding a small round table, the wife wants to put a rug underneath it, which I'm wholeheartedly against!

 

My simple argument is this; what if some food-related stuff drips into that sponge on the floor, it's going to smell like hell in just a few hours and there's no way to clean it properly, not to mention the cats will make that thing their permanent home.

 

We never had enough counter space and although we now have more, plus the island, there still is no large expanse of counter top suitable to break down an unpeeled tenderloin or whole top sirloin! Having a 36" round table seems like a dream come true in this capacity but, without the rug.

 

Rugs do not belong in a kitchen in any capacity!

 

What say all you professionals.....

 

Red.

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post #2 of 19

You're not talking about a professional kitchen, but rather a home.  And commercial kitchens generally don't have kitchen tables in the kitchen, but...you will find many restaurants that have carpeting in the dining room.

 

You make valid points, but in my opinion, the bottom line is...It's a small thing to give on to make your wife happy.

...And if it gets stained and smelly and all that, and it either can't be cleaned properly or it's too much trouble too frequently, then your wife herself will decide that the rugs' gots to go.  

post #3 of 19

I agree commercial or home.. Behind the line Mats so no one has to stand on concret or slip. A mat or if you may a commercial carpet mat near the exit of kitchen to dining room so grease and muck is not tracked out of the kitchen onto the nice dining room carpet.

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post #4 of 19

When we build our house for our retirement my wife went with the first choice out builder offered for the kitchen floor.

It was a regular vinyl(lowest priced) and it seemed all right at the beginning.

After a few month I got tired of cleaning this vinyl with ammonia to keep it clean. Walking barefoot on vinyl leaves marks from your skin and they are extrmely hard to clean .I went to a Carpet store and bought an indoor-outdoor carpet and simly put it over my vinyl covering the whole kitchen floor.

Never had any bad odor or unpleasent smells, and am very happy with my carpeted kitchen floor.

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post #5 of 19

forgot to tell you that its easy to vacuum aand I naver had any bad spills on any kind

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post #6 of 19

Hope you do not have any bad spills or drop anything real hot.. Years agi I put down carpet squares and it lasted a while. Today the carpet  basking is made better.

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post #7 of 19

Spilled hot bacon fat on it and lots of small boiling water spills .Hot soapy water with bleach cleaned it up without any problems and the carpet still looks like new after over 5 years of use.

I also had carpet tiles many years ago but they needed to be glued on and after a while did get loose and needed to be re-glued and were no longer safe

Now I have one large piece of carpet not glued on just laying on top of my cheap sheet vinyl.

I trimmed and fitted it myself and it is not moving at all and always looks neat and clean.

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post #8 of 19
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Thanks all.

 

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post #9 of 19

Kitchen and bathroom rugs are the two most stained pieces in any home. This is because both the kitchen and the bathroom are places that are prone to collecting dirt and any piece of rugs or clothes kept there are bound to be dirty, thus, you need to take adequate care of these rugs and hence there are liquid detergents that remove the stains from the rugs.Many of the rugs are also machine-washed. Dark color rugs are washed at warm temperature where as light color rugs are washed at hot temperature. We had got this information from a near by store when we had done kitchen remodeling.


Edited by juanjoseph - 9/2/12 at 8:49pm
post #10 of 19

I have a rug where I stand at the kitchen sink.  Water spills on it and it collects onion peelings.  It vacuums easily and every couple of months I throw it into the wash.  No big deal.

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post #11 of 19

they sure are nice in the winter months!  there are gel and neoprene mats out now that you can just scrub/hose off...i use them as doggie mats as they don't hold fur, dirt or odors like carpet rugs....the gel mats are great in front of the sink as they give a bit of cushion for your feet and whatever spills hits the mat first, not the floor

as chefdave says, it's a small price to pay to keep your wife happy, and as a woman i can tell you right now that you may as well give it up cuz she'll just get or do what she wants anyway... that's just the way it works!!

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post #12 of 19
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LMAO.... durangojo....!

 

You are too funny, but I have to agree, your are correct, she ALWAYS gets what she wants, one way or another.

 

Rule #1 - the wife is always right.

Rule #2 - if the wife is wrong, see rule #1.

 

Thanks for your suggestionand insight,

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post #13 of 19

Durangojo & Redvan,

 

My viewpoint is, inclined  to be same as Durangojo ...

 

Have lovely labor day wkend.

Marge.

post #14 of 19

Like Ms. Kouvagia, I have a kitch mat by the sink however, I am terribly allergic to carpeting ( not an area rug ) and have gorgeous wood flooring throughout except the kitch and bathrm ... where I have natural stone and / or natural Mediterranean clay tiling.

 

Good posting idea.

Marge  

post #15 of 19

The new gel mats are great  Commercial and home ones

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post #16 of 19

Chef Ed,

 

A dear Chef friend was travelling to San Francisco back in June and had brought us back two Anti Fatigue, Anti Bacterial etcetra, gel kitch mats. Costly little mats. I had seen some in my Wm. Sonoma and Bath & Beyond Shop catologues on line and was interested in getting a professional quality especially for Puglia, as the gals and their families spend more time there and it is only us in Madrid.

 

Have lovely Labor Day wkend.

Marge.

post #17 of 19

I hate rugs in the house in general.  I would never have a wall to wall, because we're none of us that careful, and i want to live in my house and not have to watch so carefully that if i spill my coffee i have to worry about a stain.  I'd like an area rug, but first there were the kids, then the cats, and then always, rome is so dirty, with a greasy black gritty dirt in the air that nothing made of cloth stays clean.   Few people have wall-to-wall carpets here, probably for that.  Even vacuuming daily, you'd get your feet dirty walking barefoot on them. 

 

I wouldn't have a rug under the table in the kitchen.  I have tile floors (the norm here, not considered fancy for italy) and they wash so easily.  Why make work for yourself, i say. 

 

But I guess I can understand if your wife wants the eating area to be more like a dining room, and if she's going to be the one to keep it clean in the division of labor you have.  But maybe you can compromise and get a rug that can be actually washed, not just spot cleaned or vacuumed.  There are nice ethnic rugs that are warm looking and with a  flat-weave that can be washed. 

I can't imagine what would have happened to a rug with the thousands of spills from our table over the years.  Even if you spill water, then you walk on it and rub dirt into the spill, etc etc.  Too much work, too much worry, but it might be worth it for her if she really likes it. 

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post #18 of 19

RUGS  are used commercially at exit from kitchen to dining room to catch the kitchen grease and dirt from being tracked to dining room.

they are more like a thin rug bonded to a rubber non skid surface. Not living room typr rugs or runners.

 

MATS  are what are used behind the line, and are usually made from a composite of neoprene and recycled material. They normally have slits or openings in them and are strictly for anti fatigue and non slip purposes.They are usually hosed down outside , pressure cleaned, steamed or in some cases even run through dish machine   Both of these are normally commercial use only and not for housewife application. 

 

Gel mats can be used in home applications in front of sink or stove to eliminate or help foot fatigue and are expensive. They are not classified as non skid

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post #19 of 19

In our dining room area of the great room, I have a REALLY cheap area rug

that I found on sale at Home Depot many years ago (almost 13 years ago) and it’s some kind of

manmade-nylon-poly-whatever-totally-indestructible-I could care less what you drop or spill-on-it

patterned deal that still looks like brand new! 

I just vacuum and if need be, just blot with a damp towel. 

The rest of the house is all ceramic/porcelain tiles, no wall-to-wall carpets in the desert, it’d too dang hot.  But that one little area rug helps esthetically define the space.  I see where your Missus is coming from.

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