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Floor Care Life
Sealing and Finishing
Trouble Shooting Guide
Cork floors are made from the outer
bark of the cork oak tree. Cork installations are highly decorative, and
specialized. The natural resins in the cork, added resins, heat curing and hydraulic
pressure bind the mass together. Thus cork floors are wood floors and must be
treated as such. Traditionally the surface is given a heavy coat of wax or wax-resin
mixture at the factory. Always consult manufacturers instructions on
maintenance and sealing. Traditional maintenance uses liquid solvent or paste
solvent wax. Today water based formulations are making progress into the traditional
solvent market. Water based formulations are clearer, lighter in color, significantly
more durable than traditional solvent based waxes.
- Protect against indentations. Cork is
relatively soft and can be permanently damaged by heavy loadings of small areas. Use
adequate furniture rests and protect against heavy loads.
- Avoid excessive use of water. Excessive water,
especially hot water, will penetrate between the tiles causing a loosening of the adhesive
and eventual warping and cracking of the tile.
- Avoid abrasives. Cork can be permanently
scratched by sand, grit and coarse floor pads.
- Avoid high alkaline cleaners. Highly alkaline
materials will deteriorate the cork. They cause embrittlement and in some cases