How to Enhance Cork Flooring Durability

What You'll Need
Felt strips or pads
Drapes/curtains/shades for windows
Floor mats (breathable)
Cleaner for hardwood flooring (pre-finished)
Dehumidifier (optional)
Damp and dry mops

Cork flooring is appreciated for its durability, beauty and energy-efficient characteristics. Cork flooring is softer and more porous than hardwood flooring. Because of this, there are a number of simple steps that can be taken to protect it. Follow these instructions to enhance the durability of your cork flooring.

Step 1 - Protect against Moisture

Cork is a porous wood that will soak up moisture in wet environments. Too much moisture absorbed into the cork will cause it to warp. Protect against moisture by wiping up liquid spills immediately. In moist climates, run a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air. When using floor mats, place them in front of areas where water is likely to accumulate, like in front of a sink, bathtub or other entrance. Using a breathable mat will insure that the moisture isn’t trapped under the mat. When cleaning the floors, don’t soak them; use a damp mop and just enough water to do the job. Run over the damp floor with a dry mop after washing. If you have indoor plants, make sure your pots have a tray under them to collect water.

Step 2 - Protect Against Scratching

Although cork is more resistant to chipping and scratching than hardwood flooring, it is still susceptible. When moving furniture around, don’t drag them across the floor; lift them. Placing felt pads under the legs of tables, chairs and cabinets will also help to protect your cork flooring. Debris that is left on the floor will get pressed into the floor by feet; sweeping regularly to remove debris is another way to protect your floors. When your floor is visibly and considerably soiled, clean it with a mild detergent or cleaner designated for pre-finished hardwood flooring. Using a harsh, oil-based or ammonia-based cleaner will damage cork because of its porous nature.

Step 3 - Protect against the Sun

Too much direct sunlight on cork flooring will cause it to fade. Windows should be treated to reflect sunlight, or shades, curtains or drapes should be used to inhibit the amount of sunlight. Following these simple steps will enhance the durability of cork flooring, allowing you to benefit from them for many years.