Cork Flooring and Maintenance

Cork flooring is a resilient flooring option outside of the traditional wood or carpeting. Cork is a product of bark of a cork oak tree that is shed every 9-15 years and offers a beautiful alternative flooring option. Cork flooring can also be used under wood and carpet floors to add cushion or “give.” It is a natural, hypoallergenic option that is resistant to mold and mildew unlike many other flooring options making it healthier for any environment. Cork flooring can be found in many natural and man-made tones and offers a warmer, more natural home surface.

Caring for a cork surface is not always easy, though the benefits of using cork could potentially outweigh the detriments to some:

  • Cork flooring can be cleaned with a damp mop and a mild soap. A very wet mop can cause damage to the cork so areas should be dried immediately
  • Spills and stains should be cleaned immediately to prevent permanent damage
  • Direct sunlight can discolor cork floors so proper window treatments to deflect and keep out UV rays are also important
  • Pads should be used under furniture legs. Also, try not to drag anything across the floor as that can rip the cork
  • Heavy furniture should sit on top of coasters to distribute the weight so as not to create dents in the cork

Most cork surfaces are protected with a polyurethane finish that can last up to a decade. A wax finish can be maintained by applying wax paste yearly. These finishes can be easily reapplied to protect the cork and is possible as a do-it-yourself project, however T&K Contractors HomeWorks division can help you in both replacing your floor with cork flooring and maintaining it by applying the polyurethane or wax finishes.