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Learning Center - Cork Flooring FAQs

Cork Flooring FAQ
  1. Why is cork so eco-friendly?
  2. How are cork floors made?
  3. Are cork floors easy to clean?
  4. Are cork floors durable?
  5. Can I have pets on cork floors?
  6. Do I have to finish my cork floors?
  7. Can I install cork flooring in the kitchen?
  8. Can I install cork flooring myself?
  9. Can I install cork in the bathroom?
  10. Can I install cork flooring over concrete or an existing floor?

Why is cork so eco-friendly?
The cork used to make floors (among other things) is harvested from the bark of the cork tree approximately every 9 years. The tree continues its life and ability to give more for future generations. Cork is a sustainable and renewable resource with a ton of benefits when made into a floor.

How are cork floors made?
Cork floors are made when cork is ground before being pressed into sheets and cut into tile or planks. Most of today’s cork flooring is a layer of cork attached to an HDF core. Some also have a bottom layer of cork that serves as the underlayment.

Are cork floors easy to clean?
Yes, and as easy to clean as any other hard surface floor you’ll find. General maintenance will be performed with a dust map and a damp mop for more comprehensive cleanings. You’ll want to avoid using cleaning agents and like any floor, be sure to clean up spills in a timely manner.

Are cork floors durable?
While not as hard as other hard surface floors, cork flooring has unique properties that make it very resilient. It’s full of small pockets of air that give it similar characteristics to a dense sponge. Imagine pressing your finger into a sponge and it springs back into place. Cork flooring certainly isn’t as soft as a sponge, but the minor give can be felt and the cork will restore its shape.

Can I have pets on cork floors?
Yes, the resiliency of cork makes cork flooring suitable for most pets. Keep in mind that no floor is scratch-proof, even the toughest laminate or hardwood flooring. By offering some give, cork floors compensate for not being as hard as other types of floors.

Do I have to finish my cork floors?
No, factory finishes are applied and they are very similar to the finishes you’ll find on hardwood and bamboo. Multiple coats of polyurethane are added along with aluminum oxide.

Can I install cork flooring in the kitchen?
Cork is an excellent kitchen flooring option, especially if you spend a lot of time on your feet there. Like any floor, you’ll want to clean up spills quickly.

Can I install cork flooring myself?
Yes. Cork floors are one of the easiest diy floors around. They come in either planks or tiles which are usually pretty large. This makes installation time go a lot more quickly. They snap into place using a click locking mechanism and no glue is required. Those that come with the attached underlayment are even easier, eliminating a step in the process.

Can I install cork in the bathroom?
Installing cork in the bathroom is definitely not recommended and the floor wouldn’t be guaranteed by the manufacturer.

Can I install cork flooring over concrete or an existing floor?
Yes on both accounts, just be sure to use a moisture barrier over concrete and always that you’re installing over a clean, level, and dry surface.