If you’re looking for a flooring solution that is affordable, eco-friendly, and incredibly versatile, cork flooring might just be your perfect fit! As one of the newer additions to the flooring world, cork has plenty of perks just waiting to be discovered. Homeowners all over Alberta are discovering the benefits of cork, including its durability, cushioning and sound dampening qualities, hypoallergenic properties, and more. As an incredibly long-lasting option, cork is fantastic for new homes as well as renovations. Below, we’ll cover some key tips to keep cork floors looking their best for the many years to come. Read on to learn more!
Debris is Not Your Friend
One thing you’ll want to keep in mind when caring for cork, is that while it is exceptionally durable, it is also vulnerable to dents and scarring if you’re not careful. Dirt and grit as well heavy furniture and high heels can leave marks behind that will eventually lead to visible dents on the surface of your flooring. To avoid this, you’ll want to ensure that furniture has protective padding on any legs, and take off shoes prior to entering. Additionally, you’ll want to regularly sweep to remove any sand, rocks, or other debris that may enter your home from the outdoors. Be sure to use a soft bristle broom and, should you choose to vacuum, ensure you use a bare floor setting to avoid accidental scratching.
As far as mopping is concerned, it’s important to note that while damp mopping is fine, you want to be careful to avoid water damage. The good news is, warm water works just fine, so you can avoid costly cleaners (and should, to protect your finish).
Handling Tough Stains
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, stains still manage to happen. While handling stains can be tricky on cork, having the right game plan in place can make it easy to handle. Be sure to wipe up any spills before they have a chance to dry or set in, and no matter how tempting it may seem you should never use bleach, steam cleaners, or spray mops as they can ruin your finish. Blotting with a micofibre cloth or paper towel will gently allow stains to transfer off the floor and prevent permanent damage.
A Word on Waxing
Our team occasionally is asked about the benefits of waxing cork floors. Solid cork floors can be waxed, however this process will need to be repeated 2-3 times a year and can be quite time
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