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How to make your cork floor appear brighter?

Gorgeous cork floor by DIYIs it easy to keep your cork floor clean? Yes, it is – if you remember to clean it regularly by simply sweeping and vacuuming. Your floor will look beautiful for many years to come just by performing some basic housework.

Is your cork floor not as shiny as it used to be?

If you feel that cleaning alone is not enough, take a good look at your floor. Do you think that it’s not as shiny as when it was first laid? The daily wear and tear that your floor endures can make it less shiny. Thankfully, this is easily taken care of. The first step to making your floor brighter is by applying polyurethane.

Quality water based polyurethane will create a clear seal over your cork floor, making it less vulnerable to water, staining and moisture. For an unfinished cork floor, polyurethane should be applied 3-4 times and on a finished cork floor, just the once.

Will your cork floor look brighter now?

Not yet – you have to apply another coating first. You can choose between:

  • Wax finish
  • Commercial finish

Wax finish

Waxing your cork floor can protect it against stains, spills and scratches. The waxing agent can give your cork floor a shimmering, shiny look. However, you may need to apply wax twice a year, depending on the level of traffic – the higher the traffic, the more waxing is required.

Commercial finish

For an area with a heavier traffic, you need more than just waxing your floor. A heavy duty finish might be necessary, in this case. It will create a barrier which will allow your cork floor to withstand the harsh daily wear and tear, whilst giving your floor a smooth and shiny appearance.

How to make your cork floor appear brighter?

Should you need a new cork floor, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We offer different types of flooring to suit your needs. We also do parquetry, bamboo and cork flooring as well. Ring us today for a free quote on 0409 081 679.

Cork flooring 101 – A Natural Flooring Wonder

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A beautiful home needs a beautiful floor – something that a cork flooring will fit perfectly.

Natural cork comes from the bark of cork trees. What you’ll love about cork flooring is that they are warm underneath and supple. Ever noticed how fast a wine cork pops back into shape after it’s released from the bottle? That’s how springy and flexible a cork floor is too.

Cork flooring characteristics

Cork flooring offers many things. Its shock absorbent properties make it comfortable underfoot. This is the main reason why cork flooring are perfect for places where you spend most of your time standing such as your kitchen or your fitness area. In other words, you don’t have to worry about falling crockery! Plus, it also holds warmth longer compared to other flooring and muffles all sounds! Would you believe it is also cool in summer, amazing!

What to take note about cork flooring

Cork floors are durable, yes. However, when moving furniture and big objects, make sure to carry it and not slide it across your cork floor. Cork flooring will bounce back from most marks but special care and a bit of common sense needs to be taken for larger items. The cork has a natural waxiness that repels moisture but excessive exposure to water isn’t good for cork so make sure you mop up any spills immediately. If you really want to use cork flooring in your bathroom, it’s better to consult with a professional who can advise you accordingly.

Cork flooring, A Natural Flooring Wonder!

Best known for its sustainability and flexibility, cork flooring is a good addition to your home. When installed properly, cork flooring can bring out the best in your home and with proper maintenance, can last for really a long time. For all of your cork flooring needs, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We offer supply and installation services of lots of different  flooring types and we love cork. Ring us today for a free measure and quote.

8 fabulous facts you need to know about cork flooring

Cork flooring from D.I.Y. Parquetry and Cork

Cork flooring from D.I.Y. Parquetry and Cork

Wonder why most homeowners use cork flooring? The answers will surprise you on how many benefits cork flooring has to offer.

Here are the answers to 8 fabulous questions:

  1. Is cork flooring suitable for kitchen?
  2. Why should I use cork floor?
  3. Can I walk on cork floor with my heels on?
  4. Can light exposure damage my cork flooring?
  5. Is cork flooring the best choice to reduce noise?
  6. Is it safe for my children and pets?
  7. How can I prevent pet scratches on cork floor?
  8. Will the changes of moisture and temperature affect my cork floor?

Is cork flooring suitable for a kitchen?

Yes and it is comfy and smooth when touched with your feet. Just make sure to place covers on high traffic areas to protect it from spills, grease and anything that will cause wear and tear to your cork flooring.

If you want to transfer your furniture to another surface, carry it to avoid scratches. Use pads on furniture legs. Regular cleaning will help prevent build-up of dirt on cork.

Why should I use cork floor?

Cork floors are more durable than most other floors. They are natural, eco-friendly and made from renewable resources making it resilient and long lasting.  If you worry about summer heat or winter cool air, a cork floor can manage your indoor climate providing you with good insulation.

Can I walk on cork floor with my heels on?

Of course! Cork flooring can withstand heavy traffic and weight as it is produced in high density. It recovers fast from compression and that prevents further damages.

Can light exposure damage my cork flooring?

Yes so make sure to place it away from areas of UV light exposure as it will cause discolouration, typically yellowing. Though this is normal, you can prevent it by covering large exposed windows using blinds. Move furnishings and floor coverings every month to prevent uneven colour changes.

Is cork flooring the best choice to reduce noise?

Absolutely! Cork is popularly used in buildings for soundproofing. No need to worry about complying building codes for sound control if you install cork. It has properties that help absorb sounds giving you good time for a sound sleep.

Is it safe for my children and pets?

Yes. Bacteria, dust, allergens and any form of dirt have no room in cork flooring, simply because cork doesn’t absorb them in. Your family can get rid of allergies when regular maintenance is done.

How can I prevent pet scratches on cork floor?

Abrasion can be a worst problem and your pets can’t help but scratch your floors without you seeing it. If you can’t attend to your pets quickly, make sure to trim their nails. Though cork is pressure resistant, it is best to prevent scratches to keep it look new and beautiful.

Will the changes of moisture and temperature affect my cork floor?

Due to climactic changes, cork is subject to expansion and shrinkage. Harsh weather conditions like heat, moisture or humidity can cause shrinkage damaging the joints. Too much humidity makes the cork flooring expand.By choosing the right company to install your cork floor, your cork can be properly installed and maintained.

8 fabulous questions you need to know about cork flooring

Buy cork flooring now!

Confused? Contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring on 0409 081 679 to discuss your queries. Ring us now for a free quote!

Cork flooring – perfect for my kitchen?

corkDo you want a stylish, durable and eco friendly kitchen floor? Cork is the answer, cork will tick all your boxes. It is suited for both modern and traditional styles and it comes in a wide range of colours and patterns that ensures there is something to fit everyone’s taste.

Why would I choose cork?

Cork is:

  • Eco friendly
  • Forgiving in the kitchen
  • Hygienic
  • Sound and heat insulator

Eco friendly

Cork is the most eco friendly floor you can find, it’s gathered from the cork oak. The oak’s bark is harvested and unlike regular timber harvesting, gathering the cork leaves the tree alive and ready to be harvested again. If you’re environmentally conscious and don’t want forests chopped down for your floor, cork is a great option for you.

Forgiving in the kitchen

Cork is naturally filled with air pockets; this makes it a natural shock absorber and feels wonderfully soft underfoot. Any dish you drop on a cork floor will have less of a chance of breaking or being damaged, unlike a hardwood or tile floor. The cushiony floor under foot is also great on your feet when you’re standing for long periods of time washing dishes or preparing a feast.

Hygiene

Flooring, that is both water and mould resistant is a must-have in a kitchen. Cork is both.
A cork floor with a topcoat can also be easily cleaned with only a dry cloth or dry mop. The cork itself is hypoallergenic, it is resistant to mould and unlikely to harbour bacteria. It is one of the healthiest flooring options out there and is great for the kitchen.

Sound and Heat insulator

Cork flooring absorbs sound, leading to quieter footfalls and less of a bang when you drop something; making that early morning breakfast without waking everyone up so much easier. Cork is also a heat insulator; it remains warm in winter and cool in summer. It’s a nice change for your feet and keeping the temperature comfortable all year round is always a bonus.

Feel free to contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring to discuss your options and requirements.

We do full installations and would be delighted to give your home the quality cork flooring it deserves. Free quotes, call today.

5 Places to Use Cork Flooring in Your Home!

cork flooring by DIYCork is a natural shock absorber, and despite being cushiony, quality cork flooring is extremely durable. Where many floor types would be dented or scratched, cork will give a little and then bounce back as good as new. Cork’s durable and flexible properties make it an excellent choice for flooring throughout the house.

5 great places to use cork flooring in your home:

  • The kitchen
  • Bedroom
  • Children’s Playroom
  • Office
  • Lounge Room

The kitchen

A cork floor is pretty handy to have in a kitchen, cork’s cushioning properties reduce the risk of the floor being damaged when something is dropped. The dropped item is also less likely to be damaged. Cork is great for standing at bench for those long hours when you are preparing dinner or something special.

Bedroom

Cork insulates both heat and noise and has the added bonus of feeling great on bare feet. This makes it perfect for the bedroom. If  you have a cork floor when you get out of bed on a winter’s morning your feet won’t be met with a freezing cold floor and in summer it will remain cool and let you have a good night’s sleep.

Children’s Playroom

Cork is sound absorbing, making it ideal for a playroom. This means that most loud noises will stay in the playroom, so when you’re trying to talk over afternoon tea with a friend, you won’t have to yell.

Cork is also useful in a playroom because it is that bit more forgiving, great for sitting on and playing too. A well finished cork floor is also easy to clean. Minor spills of food, drink and paint will be easily and efficiently wiped up with no fuss.

Office

Apart from all of the other benefits, cork tiles come in a wide range of colours and patterns allowing you to spice up your office permanently and turn it into a workplace that you want to be in.

Lounge Room

Unlike carpet, cork is hypoallergenic; it doesn’t absorb dust and it requires less cleaning especially useful if you often eat in the lounge room. Cork flooring is also antimicrobial; it contains a substance called Suberin. It works as a natural repellent to a variety of pests and insects; it has also been shown to have healthy antimicrobial properties.

Cork Flooring in Your Home

Absolutely, what are you waiting for?

Call D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring to discuss your needs and get a quote on cork flooring for your home.

 

3 reasons to have Cork flooring in your home!

Gorgeous cork floor by DIYFloors can make or break your home. If you want to create a beautiful ambiance inside, you should choose your flooring carefully. With so many flooring options, what should you choose? Consider choosing cork flooring.

Here are 3 reasons to have cork flooring in your home:

  1. Environmentally friendly
  2. Warm in winter / cool in summer
  3. Soft underfoot

Get the look you want with cork flooring

Your floor plays an important part in creating a unique look for your home. A ratty piece of linoleum never impressed anyone but a well laid floor catches the attention of many people. They may not see it as it underfoot but they will definitely feel it.

With its unique look, cork flooring can allow you to create just the right look you want for your home. You can go classy, traditional or modern with cork flooring.

Cork is sustainable, environmentally friendly and good for allergies

Cork flooring is a very versatile and durable material. Cork floors can go well with any style making it very flexible. Cork is the actually bark which makes it an environmental and renewable source. Cork won’t trap dirt or dust, so it is perfect for allergy suffers. Also it is nontoxic, resists mould, mildews and doesn’t produce static electricity. Cork is perfect to protect your family’s health.

Cork flooring today

Today, cork has become a popular flooring material making it the best flooring option for many homeowners. Being warm in winter and cool in summer cork is perfect for rooms that you use all the time such as the kitchen – hours of standing, playroom –  great for little bottoms to sit on, theatre room to absorb the sound and any other room for that matter.

With todays every changing trend in style, décor and design, versatility in your flooring is what you really need. Cork can adapt to fit into any style of home and still be a great option as your needs change with a growing family.

If you want to know more about cork flooring for your home, contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We offer cork flooring installation along with timber, parquetry and bamboo flooring. We service in Bunbury, Busselton, Harvey, Capel, Brunswick, Margaret River, Dunsborough and the surrounding areas. Ring D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring now to discuss your needs.