Cork Floor Care Guide
Understanding the characteristics, proper care and maintenance of cork, will ensure your new floors wear well and provide many years of enjoyment. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Wipe Spills Immediately
When accidents happen use a slightly damp white cloth, or paper towel to immediately clean up and dry the affected area. For more difficult spots, follow the manufacturer's recommended cleaning procedures.
Sweeping, dry mopping and vacuuming with a soft bristle brush is key to keeping a floor looking good. Small stones, mud and gritty dirt tracked in from outside can play havoc on your cork floors. Use long bristle welcome mats at all outside entrances for people to wipe their feet on before entering onto the floors.
Use the Proper Chair Glides
Any furniture that rests directly on top of a cork floor should have felt protectors, or furniture coasters under all its feet. For extremely heavy objects such as a piano, use wide, non-staining rubber cups. Although dents will recover in time if the cellular structure of the cork has not been broken, you should purchase floor protectors to further protect your cork floor investment.
Protect from Direct Sunlight
Your cork floor may yellow due to exposure to direct sunlight. The sun's UV rays accelerates the oxidation and aging of cork so periodically rearrange your furniture and close the curtains during intense periods of sunlight.
Use a rug in front of your kitchen sink and stove, to prevent local premature wear. Do not use throw rugs with rubber or vinyl backing without checking to determine if they will affect your floor's finish. Some materials in the backing can react with certain floor finishes, discoloring or causing the finish to become dull.
Don’t Use Tape
Never use tape or other adhesive products on your cork floors.
Trim Pet's Claws
Regularly trim your four-legged friend’s claws to help reduce scratching your floor's finish.
Protect When Moving
Protect your floor with 1/4" piece of plywood or Masonite when using a dolly for moving furniture or appliances. Never slide or roll heavy furniture or appliances across the floor.