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Cork  Care

Preserve The Life of Your Cork Flooring

Basic care and maintenance requires little more than sweeping and vacuuming the floor. You can also use an anti-static cloth which will clean the dust and prevent it from settling on the floor. A slightly damp mop can be used for cleaning but do not pour water directly onto the floor.

Preventative Care:

  • Ideal and healthy room conditions are 35-65% R.H. (relative humidity) at 20° C (68º F).
  • When using intensive heating, the indoor air humidity may drop so low that the floor is prone to dry out.
  • As cork is a natural material, intensive heat may cause shrinkage of the tiles that will result in minor gaps in the flooring joints — use a room humidifier to prevent this.
  • Cork will tend to fade when exposed to sunlight — use blinds, curtains, or other sun-screening systems to minimize the effect. This is no different than other hard surface flooring. It is the cork itself that tends to fade and not the surface finish.
  • Use felt pads on chairs and furniture legs.
  • Avoid moisture on the floor. Do not pour water directly onto the surface.
  • Regularly vacuum, sweep, or mop the floor area.
  • Never use wire brushes.
  • Never use cleaning products with abrasive ingredients or that are solvent based.
  • Do not use latex or rubber backed mats, as they can permanently discolor the floor.
  • Do not use steam-type cleaners

Need assistance?

For more details on cork floor care or to learn about available cleaning products, the experts at Contempa are here to help.