Got this vinyl kitchen floor, probably made by Armstrong....off white with small blue squares on the corners of each square. It was not terrible expensive, bought it from Menards about five years ago. Right now it is showing its age quite fast.....no longer shiny and dirt has been ground into the grooves and pockmarks (texture inside the squares) and harder to clean or to lift the dirt out of it. I've used vinegar and water, bleach and water, Swifter (worked once and didn't work the other three times I've used it) and Dawn detergent with water would get it cleaned but left the dirt behind those pockmark textures. Some of the gloss is gone, particuarly where the areas that the wooden floor showed thru, you can see the diagnonal lines across it. The wooden floor underneath was not in great shape but we did use wood putty to fill in the spaces, and cupped spaces. If I have wore out that vinyl floor, then I would have to put down some tiles. Would it be acceptable to put down cement boards on TOP of the vinyl floorings? We are not worried about being the floor being up a little but sure beats tearing everything else out of it. We had totally redone the kitchen five years ago and not looking to tearing everything out again. What would you suggest for this tired old floor? We would love to have tiles but wanted something that would stand up to heavy traffic and wear and tear and sometimes dirtied wet shoes. I do not want white tiles but we do have a "country" look in our kitchen with grey countertops and light brown oak cabinets along with white refigerator and stove. Once the stove and refigerator goes out, we will go stainless steel look. Soooooooo, would grey or dark grey with darker grey tile would work? What kind of tile?