Cork Care Facts

  • Cork's distinctive random grain creates great visual appeal. These natural grains ensure that no two tiles or planks look alike.
  • Cork is very resilient (it gives under pressure) because there are more than 100 million prism-shaped, air-filled cells per cubic inch of cork. Cork's insulating factor is approximately R-2.8 per inch. Its natural insulating properties mean cork flooring can help reduce heating and cooling costs.
  • Cork is hypoallergenic. Because of its natural properties, cork resists mold, mildew, and bacteria.
  • Cork is naturally fire retardent. It is used by NASA as an insulator on space shuttles and unmanned rockets.
  • Cork is warm under the feet. As cork is 50% air, it will absorb the heat from your feet while walking on it and will reflect it back to you. This is why you have a nice warm sensation when walking barefoot.
  • Although cork is a resilient flooring, certain care must be taken to prevent damage from furniture feet, pet nails, etc. Furniture feet should have pads and pet nails must be kept trimmed. Minor scratches in the floor are usually camouflaged by the natural grain variations.
  • As cork is a natural product, it is affected by humidity. Cork flooring expands and contracts. Humidity levels between 30% and 60% will prevent cork flooring from either drying out or becoming too moist. Fading may also occur.

Care and Maintenance

  • Dust-mop (with an untreated clean mop) or vacuum (without a rotating brush) regularly to remove loose soil and fine rocks that can scratch finished floors.
  • Wipe up spills quickly with a cloth or sponge.
  • Use only recommended maintenance products on your floor, available at Westboro. Never use wet mops, highly acidic alkaline cleaners, commercial cleaners, polishes, or a treated mop that has been used to clean other floors or furniture.
  • Place felt floor-protector pads on furniture feet and protect your floor from hard castors on moveable furniture.
  • Use caution when wearing high heels. These can leave permanent indentations in floor surfaces.
  • As 70% to 80% of dirt on your floors is traced in from the outside, use entryway (nonskid, cotton) mats. Be sure to clean them regularly. Rubber or fiber-backed mats may stain or scratch the floor's finish.

Maintaining Humidity

Sealer or floor finish is not required on this type of tile with epoxy or polymer modified grouts. Portland cement grouts may require a sealer. Follow the manufacturer's recommended procedures to apply a sealer to portland cement grouted glazed tile floors.

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