How to Clean Cork Floors: Dos and Don’ts
To keep your cork floors looking fresh and clean, generally all you need to do is sweep and mop regularly. However, there are some preventive measures you can take to keep your cork floors looking tidy, steady, and intact. By following these dos and don’ts, you can help to ensure your cork floors keep their looks and quality for many years to come.
- Wipe away spills immediately.
- Sweep or vacuum your cork floors regularly. Dirt, dust, grit, or debris may scratch the surface of a cork floor. Regular cleaning will prevent these abrasions.
- Damp mop the floor at least once a week or as required. Because excess water can harm the floor, be sure to use only a lightly ‘damp’ mop.
- Use only recommended cork floor cleaners to clean heavy stains or spills.
- Use mild wood-floor detergent once in a while to clean the cork floors thoroughly.
- Place door mats and pads at entrances throughout your home to prevent dirt, sand, and grit from being tracked onto the floor.
- Place mats in working areas in the kitchen like in front of the sink and stove to prevent moisture penetration and wear due to excess floor usage.
- Allow any liquid to stand on cork floors. Water or moisture in any form can seriously damage the floor.
- Wet mop your cork floors.
- Flood the floor while cleaning or wet mopping.
- Use abrasive soaps, oils, waxes, or ammonia-based cleaning products on your cork floors. Also, never use harsh solvents as many of them can discolor or damage the floor’s surface.
- Use mats with rubber or other non-porous backings since they can trap moisture and affect the finish.
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