You just installed this new beautiful cork floor, but you don't know how to clean it safely. You remember the installer telling you not to use a damp mop, but can’t recall the instructions for taking care of this unique flooring.
Cork floors can help create a special and unrivalled look. It is not something that you find in many homes. But as elegant as it is, it needs special care to keep looking like that for long. There are two types of cork floors – sealed and unsealed and the type of cleaning procedure will vary for each.
Sealed Cork Floor
Take a bucket full of warm water and add a neutral chemical cleaner to it. The quantity of cleaner will depend on the manufacturer’s instructions. A neutral cleaner will not cause any damage to the sealant. Take a mop and moisten it and wring it out. Mop the floor and dry it using a soft cloth. Let the surface dry off.
It is recommended to wring the mop completely so as to minimize the amount of moisture that comes in contact with the cork floor’s surface.
Unsealed Cork Floor
If your cork floor is not sealed, make sure that it is cleaned without using any water. In fact, it is also recommended not to use any cleaner. You will require nothing more than a foam rubber sponge. Rub over the surface and remove all the dirt. You can however use a moistened cloth to blot a soiled area. But make sure to blot up the moisture using a dry piece of cloth. Let the area air dry before stepping on it again.
Whichever method you use to clean your cork floor, make sure to leave it dry in the end. Cork and moisture don't go well together. So it is important to clean such a floor with more care.