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Keeping Your Cork Flooring Clean

Posted: Monday, July 27, 2009

Perhaps you've chosen cork flooring because it is naturally water, mold, and allergen resistant. Or maybe you wanted to live your commitment to the environment with one of the greenest flooring options available. You probably also chose it for its amazing look and feel. Either way, keeping your cork flooring clean is an easy task if you follow just a couple guidelines.


The first step is to keep your floor free from dirt by regular vacuuming with a soft bristle end. Cork floors are a type of wood, so the number one cleaning rule is to not over wet your cork floor. You will only want to damp mop cork and not saturate the floor surface. Consider using a soft mop, terrycloth, or microfiber mop head to keep your cork floor surface looking its best. Use mild soapy water for your mop or buy a cleaner specifically for cork floors. For tough stains, you do not want to scrub very hard, you will probably remove more of the finish rather than the stain. Instead, spot treat a stain with a mild cleaner and wipe up with a microfiber cloth.


Another option to clean cork floors without harsh cleaners or specially made products is a little home remedy. Mix one-half cup of white vinegar into 1 gallon of water as your cleaning solution. Then damp mop as usual. This will save you the hassle of ordering special products or risking using a harsh cleaner.


Cork flooring will last you a long time with the proper care; keep your floor looking its best with regular cleaning.