What about Cork and Water?
Cork does not absorb water or liquids which is why it’s been used for centuries to float fishermen’s nets and as stoppers for wine bottles. Finished cork glue-down tiles are great for kitchens and baths and Globus Cork will not stain as it has several coats of finish on it. We use only solvent-free, water-based products in the manufacturing of our cork tiles and that includes the adhesive also. If you have a flooding situation (ie: not daily usage), the standing water could possibly re-emulsify the adhesive and thus loosen a few tiles. That’s the only foreseeable damage that might be possible by water but this does not typically happen. The tiles can usually be dried out and reapplied with new adhesive after the subfloor has dried also.
Cork does not absorb water and mold does not grow on cork so water, moisture or high humidity is not a problem with glue-down cork tiles. Floating floors which have a center fiberboard are not recommended for water areas because they are mostly fiberboard and can swell when they get wet. If floating floors buckle, they cannot be saved and will have to be replaced. Only the 100% cork tiles which are a glue-down product are recommended for any potentially wet areas.
How Durable is Cork?
You should vacuum your cork floor regularly and for more thorough cleaning, damp mop it with a mild soap. Use only a slightly damp soapy mop to clean and then wipe over it again with a clean slightly damp mop to pick up the soap residue. You should use a mild Ph-balanced soap like Liquid Joy dish soap and never an ammonia-type or abrasive product. Globus Cork will sell a Concentrated Cleaning product, which you can purchase directly from us. You should never wax your floor. We do not recommend steam cleaning cork flooring as it is not good for wood floors.
Never use an abrasive or ammonia-based cleaning product!
Sweep, vacuum, or damp mop the installed floor regularly. Do not flood the floor with water.
Clean the floor by using a damp mop regularly with a ph-balanced detergent such as Liquid Joy to clean and keep the surface free of grit or sand. You can also purchase a concentrated cleaner from us.
Refresh the finish on the tiles on a regular basis with another coat of our finish or our floor polish product. Apply once or twice a year for a residential installation and more frequently for a commercial installation. Frequency is dependent upon usage.
Will Heavy Usage Wear Through the Color?
What About Cat or Dog Pee?
Will Large Dogs Damage the Tiles?
Rolling Office Chairs
What About Heavy Weights or Home Gyms?
Can Cork Fade?
If you would really enjoy living on a cork floor and you want to place the cork in front of strong direct sunlight, the best bet would be to treat your windows. You could give all your home furnishings some UV protection that way! Investigate a product like this: www.energy-film.com
Low E Glass Windows
Will the Finish Peel Off?
No. If you have vinyl tiles, sheet vinyl, rubber, etc., it will need to be either removed and the floor will need to be sanded until smooth OR best option, a new plywood subfloor should be installed. (For example, Multi-ply plywood comes in sheets of 48x48x1/4″) The problem exists with the previous adhesive residue in the substrate. The new adhesive will not adhere to such a condition. For best results when installing a new plywood substrate: use an all-purpose type of adhesive (not a contact adhesive) and glue plus staple the new plywood subfloor in place.
Does Cork Dent?
What About Scratching?
Water Damage Repair
If you need to order replacement tiles, we’ll need a small piece of the original cork tile for a color match. All cork products are made to order in a batch process strictly for you and additionally cork will age over tile and can shift in color. An aged cork tile will be difficult to match with a freshly colored cork tile. If you installed a cork floating floor, the fiberboard center will be permanently warped and cannot be fixed. You would need to order a new floor.