Cork flooring is a great, eco-friendly option for many Olathe homeowners. At Floor Coverings International KC South we know that choosing new flooring and having it installed can be a big investment. We want to assist you in protecting this investment with some tips to help you maintain your new cork flooring.
A great way to keep your cork floors looking and feeling great is to prevent messes and accidents before they even occur. A few easy ways to do this are as follows.
Placing floor mats in a few key areas of your home can help cut down on the number of floor-damaging accidents. When set right inside the doors of your home, they provide an opportunity for you and your guests to wipe your shoes off. This will eliminate dirt and debris and keep these damaging materials from being dragged throughout the house.
Another handy place to utilize floor mats is anywhere where moisture may become an issue. Whether in front of sinks, under pet bowls, or beneath the dining table, floor mats can help to catch spilled liquids before they hit your floors. This is especially useful if an accident occurs while you are away from the house and not available to clean up the mess immediately.
Going a step further, using shoe racks will completely eliminate the opportunity for shoes to bring in mud, dirt, and other particles that can scratch your cork flooring. Additionally, shoe racks will also keep high-heeled feet from walking across the surface of your floors and creating indentations.
Just as high heels can cause indentations in the soft surface of your cork flooring, so too can furniture legs begin to lightly sink into the surface of your floors if left unchecked. The best way to avoid this is to place furniture pads beneath the feet of your furniture pieces. If your space will accommodate this, you can also place a large slab of wood under particularly heavy furniture to help distribute the weight more evenly.
How to Clean Your Cork Flooring
As with any other type of flooring, you’ll want to immediately wipe up spills to prevent staining. Relatedly, minimize your use of water when cleaning up messes, as residual liquid can lead to the buildup of mold and mildew.
Your choice of cleaners will affect your cork floors as well. Try to use only those cleaners that are recommended for cork flooring. If you can’t locate one, look for a mild detergent instead. Stronger cleaners can cause streaking so always err on the side of caution and use a gentler cleaner for your cork.
Another good rule of thumb for almost any type of flooring is to sweep and vacuum regularly. This prevents the accumulation of dirt and debris, which can lead to the scratching of your floor’s surface.
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If you’re ready to install cork flooring in your home, then give Floor Coverings International KC South a call. We offer free, in-home design consultations to residents in the Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood, and surrounding area. We are locally owned and operated and here for all of your flooring needs!