Many homeowners stay away from cork flooring, because they aren’t sure how to clean and maintain it. This is a shame; a few simple instructions on clearing care could ease the mind and persuade more people to buy new cork flooring.
Cork flooring offers a cushioned surface that is pleasant on the feet, while standing up to heavy foot traffic. Resistant to mold and mildew, it is one of the safest flooring options for those with allergies and asthma. It also holds warmth and is available in many colors and tones.
There are only two real downsides to cork flooring. It can fade if subjected to daily sunlight, and it can form dents if heavy furniture is kept in place for too long. Placing the cork flooring in a room with moderate to low natural light and rotating the furniture or using furniture disks to disperse the weight often solves these problems.
Most of the time, just running over the floor with a mop duster is enough to keep the floor clean.
Cork flooring is mildly water resistant, but liquid spills do need to be cleaned up quickly, because there is a risk of absorption.
Cork flooring does not need a lot of detergent to get it clean. To wash the surface of the cork flooring, fill a bucket or your sink and add in a few drops of dishwashing soap or a mild all-purpose cleaner. You can use a mop, a cloth or sponge dipped in the solution to go over the floor. Just make sure to wring out your chosen implement until it is almost dry. Stubborn stains can be removed by using undiluted dishwashing soap and a damp mop, cloth or sponge. Just scrub gently until the stain is removed. Next, make a second pass with just a dampened mop, cloth or sponge to remove any traces of cleaner.
Cork flooring is a reliable option for your upcoming home renovation project. Now that you know how to clean it, talk to your local flooring contractor about cork flooring options.
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