Installing cork flooring tiles provides a number of benefits such as excellent soundproofing, static resistence, great floor surface insulation and exquisite looks and visual appearence. In addition, cork flooring is a natural, environmentally friendly, renewable and easy recyclable product.

Required Tools and Materials

Steps to Installing Cork Flooring Tiles

  • Unpack and let the cork to adjust to the humidity and the temperature of the room for about 4 days
  • Fill in any low spots and sand down high spots in the underlayment
  • Thoroughly clean the surface using a broom or a shop vacuum cleaner
  • Measure and mark the middle of each wall
  • Draw a line between each opposed walls
  • Dry run a row of cork tiles from the center to each row
  • Adjust the lines to minimize cuts in the last row and if the last row is less than 1/4 of the tile
  • Apply adhesive onto the underlayment using a paint roller or a trowel begining at the center of the floor
  • Let the adhesive dry until become tacky – typically 30 minutes
  • Lay the cork tiles one quadrat at a time begining from the center
  • Make sure all the tiles are set firmly in place
  • Vaccum the surface and roll a 150 pound floor roller over the entire floor
  • Clean the surface again
  • Apply the recommended sealer for your cork floor
  • Allow the sealer to cure for at least 24 hours
  • Install the basebords.

Tips for Installing Cork Flooring Tiles

  • Mix cork tile baches and shuffle the tiles to get a more uniform look of the floor
  • Place colour variations randomly throughout the floor area
  • Leave 1/4″ expansion gap around all edges
  • Make sure the underlayment is clean and dry before installing the cork tiles
  • To fit a tile around a fixed object such as a pipe use a paper template of the size of a tile
  • Level the underlayment to no more than 1/8″ over 10 feet
  • Install expansion joints for floors exceeding 30 feets in any direction
  • Apply a cork sealer to greatly increase the life and enhance the look and feel of the cork floor
  • Stain the subfloor with a colour similar to the tiles to conceal any gaps between the tiles.
  • avoid installing cork flooring tiles in basements due to potential moisture problems

Maintening Cork Flooring

  • Vacuum the cork flooring regularly to keep the surface free of grit or sand
  • Damp mop the cork flooring regularly using a mild soap or detergent
  • Refresh the finish of the cork tiles every year by applying a compatible cork finish or cork dressing product
  • Do not flood water on cork floors
  • Do not steam clean cork flooring
  • Never use abrasive cleaning products
  • Never apply oil or ammonia-based products on cork fooring

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