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Repairing a Floating Cork Floor

Posted: 01 JUL 2002

While you’re admiring the appearance of your new cork floor, chances are you’re not thinking about what you would do if it sustained damage. But we all know that “stuff” happens, usually at the most inconvenient times, and it tends to be more expensive than we can afford. Murphy’s Law sums it up nicely – essentially, "If anything can go wrong, it will."

Fortunately, some flooring engineers were apparently familiar with Captain Murphy’s time-honored expression. As a result, they developed no-glue click together floor planks – an invention that revolutionized do-it-yourself flooring. It eliminated not only the labor involved with gluing, nailing and stapling, but the cost of those materials as well. Perhaps more importantly, it made major repair work practically effortless.

Major damage to cork floors is not as common as it is with some flooring materials, especially with regard to impacts. Because cork is so resilient, it does not dent. It absorbs the shock of everyday impacts and then regains it shape. Fire, however, is a different issue. Even though cork is flame resistant, it can still be severely charred by a careless smoker or popping fireplace embers.

Fortunately, your decision to float your floor would pay off greatly under such circumstances. If a plank or two – or more – should become damaged, here is all you need to do:

  • Clear the area on the side of the room closest to the damaged plank(s)
  • Remove the base or quarter round molding
  • Disconnect the planking to the damaged area and replace the damaged plank(s)
  • Reconnect the original flooring planks
  • Remount the molding
  • Put you’re your room back together

Yep, it’s that easy. Probably the most difficult part of repairing a floated installation is moving the furniture.

Now you can once again sit back, relax, and admire that beautiful cork floor…not to mention your excellent repair work, of course.