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Joined: Feb 11 2005

Does anyone know how cork flooring holds up with water spillage, such as from dishwasher or clothes washing machine?

What about linoleum?

Thank you.
Marcia Naomi Berger

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Joined: Mar 22 2003

Cork will swell if exposed to water for prolonged periods of time--it is very pourous, almost like a sponge, which is one reason that it is always sealed. That said, cork flooring is very common in European kitchens. I don't think that a spill, if wiped up, would cause a problem, but if your DW or W/D were to overflow while no one was at home, it could be a problem.

Linoleum should not be a problem, and it is commonly used in wet areas, such as kitchens.

You may want to also check out the discussions on the flooring forum at http://www.thathomesite.com -- There are current and past discussions about cork and linoleum.

Cathye

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