Cleaning Cork Flooring

The first thing to remember is that you don’t have to wet clean cork flooring every week. It is only necessary to wet clean cork flooring once a month or if there is a mark or stain that you want to remove. Remember that when you wet clean cork flooring you are cleaning the top layer which is finish. This finish is normally polyurethane or oil and wax. Over time the finish on cork flooring will have to be re-applied to protect the flooring.

To wet clean cork flooring take a normal all purpose cleaner (avoid strong detergents) or just soap and mix with warm water. Then take a clean mop or cloth and soak it in the soapy water. Wring the mop or cloth out and then wipe the surface of the cork flooring. Make sure not to spill water on the cork flooring and make sure not to use an excessive amount of soapy water. Never allow standing water to remain on the flooring for any considerable length of time. Although cork flooring is more resistant to water than hardwood flooring it is not impervious to water and will be damaged by standing water. More regular cleaning of cork flooring should be done to stop the build-up of dust, grit, dirt and other particles from outside.

There are three main reasons for this.The first is that nobody wants dirty or dusty flooring. Secondly, cork flooring is allergen free, but only so if you regularly dust mop the floor or vacuum the cork flooring using a soft brush attachment. By regularly vacuuming or dust mopping cork flooring you remove dust mite excrement that is one of the major triggers for allergic rhinitis. Thirdly, it is important to keep cork flooring clear of sharp small particles such as grit, small pebbles, and bits of plastic. These small hard particles if left on cork flooring will get pressed into the flooring by people walking around. When this happens the finish is punctured and the cork flooring can become damaged. A good way to stop particles entering a house is to put mats by external doors and to insist people take their shoes off in the entrance hall.

By regularly removing dust and particles from cork flooring and with proper maintenance cork flooring can last for over 100 years.

Also be aware that prolonged exposure to UV rays in sunlight makes cork fade in color.