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Other considerations cork floors

Other considerations cork floors

Benefits | Step 1 – How to Choose | Step 2 – Design & Lifestyle | Step 3 - Other considerations

Step 3 - Other considerations when buying cork flooring

Price and affordability
A cork floor can be a smart investment for your home. But quality does vary, along with price. So, choose your floor with care. Some indicators of quality are density, thickness and finish. In general, the denser and thicker the tile or plank, the stronger and more soundproof the floor will be. Also, if the surface mimics another material such as wood, consider the quality of the imaging used to produce the pattern. Check for type of finish and the costs associated with adding additional finish layers in heavy traffic or moisture rich areas such as kitchens.

Your floors will come with a warranty for structure and finish. Check the length of each warranty, instructions and recommendations, as well as exclusions. Generally, warranties do not cover improper installation, exposure to excessive heat or moisture outside tolerances specified by the manufacturer, direct or indirect misuse, reinstallations and repairs, and normal variance in the cork.

What to expect
Cork is an organic material, so some variations are normal. You will notice the colour of your floor vary considerably over time as it is exposed to light. These characteristics don’t affect the quality of the floor and actually make it look more real. Shading windows and moving furniture and area rugs around from time to time can minimize colour fade as your floor ages. And, keep in mind that your floor is made of a natural material and may not be an exact match to the store sample.
The size of the gaps between the planks of cork floors may fluctuate due to the cork’s natural expansion and contraction. Gaps may appear and disappear with the changing humidity of different seasons as well. These fluctuations are normal and do not affect the life of the floor.
Though cork is tough, you still need to protect your floors from damage by rough wear such as improper cleaning and heavy furniture legs. Use fabric entry mats to minimize dirt, since rubber backing can discolour the floor. Use furniture pads to protect the floor below your tables, sofas and other furniture.

Your floor will also need to be refinished at some point, before the original coating wears off to reveal bare cork. The timing of this will depend on the level of traffic your floor is subjected to. Here’s a good guideline to follow: When your floor starts to show a traffic pattern, before the cork itself is damaged or discoloured, it’s time to renew the finish. For more about finishing your floor, see our cork floor use and care guides for Permadur finish floors and bioTech finish floors.

Be prepared to remove furnishings, drapes and artwork before installation. Check if your installer will do this for you or not. Most installers are not insured for damage to items and many will not move furniture or work in an unprepared room. For complete installation details, see the instructions included with your product.

Care and Maintenance
Maintaining your cork floor is easy. Regular dry or slightly damp mopping is sufficient to keep your floor clean. Avoid harsh cleaning products and never soak your floor. Quickly wipe up spills to avoid permanent stains. Cork wears in a similar fashion to hardwood, so depending on the level of traffic, you may need to periodically do an intensive cleaning and refresh the finish.
• Install your floor per the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure longevity
• Seal seams (on loc connect systems) and add extra finish coats in heavy wear areas
• Sweep frequently with a dust mop or vacuum (without a beater brush) to remove dirt and fine dust
• Damp mop with an environmentally-friendly cleaner such as Nucasa’s Floor Cleaner
• Clean up spills immediately
• Use felt pad protectors under furniture
• Use fabric backed area rugs and fabric entry mats to catch abrasive dirt
• Maintain interior humidity levels at a constant level of about 45-55 per cent
• Reposition rugs and furniture every so often to ensure even wear and colour variations
• Professionally refinish your floor periodically, before the original finish has worn through to the bare cork
• Download our complete care guides for Haro Permadur or Haro bioTech finishes
• Install in consistently wet areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms
• Soak your floor with water when cleaning it
• Drag furniture across the floor as this may cause gouges
• Wax your floor (except as indicated by the manufacturer with appropriate products such as Haro Superwax to remove difficult spots and stains and touch up surface marks)

Benefits | Step 1 – How to Choose | Step 2 – Design & Lifestyle | Step 3 - Other considerations


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