Cleaning Cork Floors
Cleaning cork floors once they are installed is a very easy job. Just some
prevention followed with regular sweeping and mopping the floor will do the
job. Cleaning cork floors requires no special equipment, tools or harsh
chemicals. This is an additional way of how cork floors are environmentally
friendly in their usage too. Here are the basic steps for cleaning cork floors
when newly installed and afterwards too:
Wipe away spills immediately.
Sweep or vacuum your cork floors regularly to remove dirt, dust, grit or debris
which may act like sandpaper and will scratch any floor. This will prevent
abrasion or scratches on the surface of cork floor.
To clean a heavy stain or spill, use only the cleaners especially recommended
for cleaning cork floors.
Cork floors being a natural wood product can absorb moisture. Never allow any
liquid to stand on cork floors; water can seriously damage the floor over time.
Damp mop the floor at least once a week or as required. Avoid wet mopping. Be
sure to use only a 'damp' mop as excess water will harm the floor in the long
Do not flood the floor while cleaning or mopping.
You can use mild wood-floor detergent once in a while for cleaning cork floors
Use only non-abrasive soaps and cleaning materials when cleaning cork floors. Do
not use oils or waxes or ammonia-based cleaning products. Never use harsh
solvents or cleaners; many solvents can discolor or damage the floor's surface.
Place door mats and pads at the entrances, to prevent dirt, sand and grit being
tracked onto the floor. However, do not use mats with rubber or other
non-porous backings since these could trap moisture and affect the finish.