Cork Flooring: Bathroom Installation Techniques Cork Flooring: Bathroom Installation Techniques

Using cork flooring in your bathroom is one of the best options to choose when you are seeking an environmentally friendly refurbishment to the room. Ensuring that the floor is fitted correctly will form part of the process of keeping the floor maintained properly. By following our tips, you will be able to use the correct technique during the installation process.        


Measure

Start by carefully measuring the dimensions of the floor to get the right sized cork flooring for the bathroom. This step will help to ensure that you have the right amount of material to complete the project fully. Round up the results where the room is an unusual shape and cut it to size later on. Adding an extra amount to the dimensions of the bathroom will take care of any potential mistakes that can arise when cutting the cork flooring.  


    Preparation

    Prior to laying the cork flooring in the bathroom, you must prepare the surface to accept it. Check that the sub-floor is level and free from any defects that could affect how the cork flooring in the bathroom lies. Undertake any necessary repairs by filling holes and cracks and replacing damaged sections if the problem is extensive. Make sure the floor isn’t subject to any moisture and, if it is, locate the cause to rectify it. Where the floor is made from a material that is not water resistant, it is prudent to apply a suitable sealer. Decide whether you intend to remove the bathroom fixtures before laying the cork flooring in the bathroom, which can make the task easier by removing the need to cut around them. This will mean draining existing water and turning off the water supply before setting them aside.        


      Dry Fit

      Whether the cork flooring for the bathroom comes in the form of tiles or from a roll, you should proceed by dry fitting it to ensure that the dimensions are correct. During this process, have a Stanley knife, tape measure, pencil and straightedge on hand to fix any mistakes as you find them. Mark the flooring where necessary in accordance with the surrounding area so that you are aware where it needs to be cut. Carefully draw the blade along the pencil line you have drawn to leave a covering that fits snugly.


      Installation

      Apply a water-based adhesive to the floor with a paintbrush or roller, spreading it evenly over the surface. Begin at the furthest side of the room and gradually lay the flooring, smoothing it down with a straightedge to make sure no air bubbles are allowed to form beneath it. Use your fingertips to firmly press down once it is in place and make sure there are no gaps in the joins when laying tiles. Allow the adhesive to dry thoroughly before proceeding. The wet nature of the room means that it is necessary to complete some additional treatment after the initial install is complete. Apply some silicone caulk around the borders of the flooring and leave this to dry before spreading sealant over the entire surface. Leave it to dry thoroughly before using the floor as normal.

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