How to Clean Cork Flooring

Cork is one of the warmest, most welcoming surfaces available for your home. However, despite the aesthetic appeal and durable, warm look and feel, sometimes people may have doubts as to how to make the most of their cork in terms of keeping it clean and pristine, nourished and well-kept. The following guide is designed to help you optimise your floor, keeping it looking pristine and welcoming for many years to come…

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The rich warm appearance of cork belies its low-maintenance needs to keep it looking at its best. Similarly to tile or wood floors, cork needs minimal investment to nourish and clean it.

Mop Once a Week

A weekly mop regime will give your floor the clean it needs to keep pristine. A solution of white vinegar and water used with a soft mop of microfibre cloth is ideal, but take care not to use too much water as this can soak into the flooring and cause damage.

Sweep Your Floor Often

By maintaining a regular schedule of sweeping, you’ll be able to prevent your cork from getting scratched or damaged by any ingrained dirt. A soft broom, vacuum cleaner with brush attachment or dust mop will help you to keep on top of dust and prevent any long-term damage to flooring available from stockists like ukflooringdirect.co.uk and others.

Treat Once a Month

Cork responds well to a deeper monthly clean, using a detergent designed for wooden flooring rather than the milder vinegar solution. You can also purchase detergents specifically designed to nurture, clean and nourish cork. Try to steer clear of any strong foamy detergents, which can leave a slippery residue following the cleaning process. Although cork is resistant to water and relatively durable, letting too much water or suds soak into the material can damage it.

Bring New Life to Older Cork

If you have a polyurethane finish on your flooring, then going over it with wool disks and a floor machine will provide a thorough treatment for removing any marks and blemishes which may have become ingrained over time. A buffing machine or solvent wax solution can also be used to restore the flooring to its original glory.

It goes without saying that cork, just like any other durable surface, needs to be protected from regular scuffing from furniture or heavy footfall.