Cork Flooring Care – Care for your floor and it will return
the favor, many times over
Despite its hardiness and ability to withstand just
about anything you can throw at it, your cork flooring needs to be
looked after in order to preserve its finish and overall
attractiveness. Taking care of your floor with some easy to follow
steps will ensure that it retains its usefulness and beauty for many
years to come.
Regularly spend a little time on some light
cleaning of your cork floors surface. This can be done with a light
dust mop. A vacuum cleaner can also be used but preferably one
without a beater brush. Wet cleaning is not advised, however a very
slightly damp mop can be used so long as the moisture from it is
light enough to quickly evaporate and therefore not settle on the
Take care not to drag furniture across the floor as this may
cause deep gouge marks, or irreparable damage in extreme cases which
may be cause to replace the floor prematurely.
Use felt protectors on the feet of furniture items to cushion the
contact between heavy items and the floors surface. This will also
help lessen any damage that may be caused by the small movements
caused through the day to day use of seating and tables, etc. Use
felt/fabric backed caster cups or floor protectors under furniture
Dirt brought in on shoes can be extremely damaging over time as
it will slowly wear away at the surface of the floor and
eventually penetrate it. Try to eliminate the possibility of
dirt and grit coming into contact with the surface of the floor by
placing wipe mats at the entrances to your home or by the doorways
leading to the area that is covered with your cork floor.
On a floor with very heavy foot traffic you may want to invest in
an area rug to slow down the rate of wear. Be sure to choose a rug
that is suitable for use with wooden or cork type flooring. Rugs
that are rubber or foam backed may inhibit ventilation and cause
fading or discoloration of the cork and should therefore be avoided.
Most types of cork flooring will need to be refinished at some time, the
exact time of which will depend on the level of foot traffic that it is
subjected to. It is important to refinish before the original coating has
worn through to the bare cork. Always seek professional help to
carry out the refinishing process.
Keep the suns rays at bay to ensure your cork floor doesn't fade
If your cork floor is frequently exposed
to direct sunlight it will eventually start to fade. Always try to
shield it from the suns rays by using net curtains, blinds or
screens on windows or skylights.
You may want
to reposition your rugs and furniture periodically. This will ensure
that the floor wears evenly and also that any natural change in
color is even across the entire floor.
You should immediately clean up liquid spills.
If they are left they will seep into your floor and cause
deep staining which may be impossible to get rid of.
If you live in an area that experiences
extremes of high and low humidity, you may want to install a humidifier to
maintain the humidity at a constant level. This will help stop
the floor from expanding or contracting which, at its
severest, may cause buckling or unsightly gaps between the
flooring planks or tiles.
As a final note it ought to be pointed out
that care of a cork floor should start before you have even
laid it in place. Cork floors that have been poorly installed
will often succumb to problems sooner than those that haven't.
Therefore it is imperative that the install is carried out as
per the manufacturers instructions as this will probably be
one of the biggest factors in determining the longevity of
So there you have it! By spending a little time looking after
your cork flooring you can be sure that it continues
to look its best and that the need for major maintenance will
be virtually eliminated.
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