Cork Flooring - ©Iriana Shiyan

Cork Flooring is becoming a more and more popular option for homeowners. It’s durable, softer underfoot than hardwood, and most of all, eco-friendly. Since cork flooring is relatively new in its popularity for American homes, a lot of people aren’t sure what the best way is to clean it. Floor Coverings International in Lawrenceville has put together a quick guide for easy cleaning. Keep your cork floors looking like new with these simple tips!

  1. Wipe up spills immediately. Though not as susceptible to moisture damage as hardwood, cork floors can still be damaged by extended contact with wet messes.
  2. Sweep or vacuum regularly. Small dirt and dust particles will scratch the floors if left underfoot.
  3. Use a soft bristle broom when sweeping. Harder brooms can wear out the floor over time.
  4. Do not use harsh chemicals on spills. Cork is highly porous and will absorb these cleaners. Over time this can damage the inner structure of your floors and even cause the wood to expand and contort. Repairs for this can be costly and inconvenient.
  5. Stick with special cork floor cleaners if you have a tough spill to tackle.
  6. Mop periodically with a mild detergent or soap. Wring out the mop as you go to ensure you’re using as little water as possible.
  7. Make use of doormats at entrances to minimize the amount of dirt tracked onto your floors.
  8. Place small rugs or mats in front of sinks or other areas where a larger amount of spills are likely.

There you have it! It’s easy to see that maintaining cork floors is a relatively simple task. At Floor Coverings International in Lawrenceville, we do our best to help customers understand the best ways to care for their new floors.

Photo Credit: Iriana Shiyan