How to Make Your Old Cork Flooring Look New Again

What You'll Need
soft bristle broom
paper towel
2 mops
bucket of warm water
Paraffin wax
One of the best ways to make your floor environmentally friendly is to install cork flooring. This kind of flooring is environmentally conscious because the tree is not cut down to use it's wood. The wood used for cork flooring comes from the actual bark of a cork tree. This bark grows back every nine to ten years, and the tree lives for roughly a hundred years before it's bark becomes unusable. This means that one cork tree can continue producing wood for roughly one hundred years. In addition to being a reusable green product, cork flooring has both memory and sound proofing qualities, but just like hard wood flooring, it can fade and lose its luster. In this article, we're going to cover how to make your cork flooring look like new again.

Step 1 Wipe up

You want to wipe up anything that may have spilled with a paper towel right away. Having any excess liquid on the floor can cause problems later on after the cleaning process, as mold can grow underneath the floor from any uncleaned spilled liquids

Step 2 Sweep

Sweep the floor clean with the your soft broom. This is going to be a big stepping stone because you're picking up debris that may have accumulated on your floor. Ideally, you want to use a broom with soft bristles due to the fact that cork is extremely susceptible to scratching.

Step 3 Fill your bucket

After you've finished your sweeping, it's time to take your bucket and fill it with dish soap and warm water. You don't have to use a large amount of soap, and using too much will leave streaks on your floor.

Step 4 Mop

Mop your floor. The ideal tool for this is a sponge mop although it's not entirely necessary. Make sure to ring your mop out before washing the floor with it, otherwise you're going to have too much water in one area.

Step 5 Let it dry

Once you've mopped, let the floor dry completely this will prime it for the next step.

Step 6 Melt the wax

Melt your wax, whether you do this on low by microwave or stove, it doesn't matter.

Step 7 Mop again

This time when you mop you're going to be using a very thin coat of the wax. Be sure that you test it on a small area of your cork floor before mopping the whole floor with it as this causes damage to some floors. If your small area is fine after you do this then it's time to move on to the rest of the floor. Once you've waxed the entire floor let it dry. Once the wax has dried you will have achieved the shine that your floor once had without having caused any damage whatsoever to the environment.