As we have written in prior articles on cleaning cork floors, cork flooring is wonderful looking and a practical floor. They are soft on the feet, quiet and their natural looking appearance is warm and inviting. Any cork floor has a wonderfully rich look to a home or building. Cork is actually being used with increasing demand in commercial facilities. This is especially true in high-profile office buildings.
This article’s goal is to provide cleaning procedures for protected (sealed) cork floors in a commercial building. This is a different way than cleaning cork floors in a residential home because in a commercial building, the size of the floor requires the need for using power cleaning machines such as an auto scrubber.
There is one critical point to always remember when cleaning cork floors; cork floors are wood. It comes from the bark of a tree. So like wood, cork hates water and excessive amounts of water can cause damage to the cork floor just as it would on a wood floor. That is also important to be sure that the cork floor is sealed properly.
If you were more interested in the step by step cleaning procedures for cleaning cork floors in a residential home, please click on the following link (Cork Floors Cleaning – Sealed Cork Floors – Residential)
Cleaning cork floors in a commercial site is not difficult. In fact is it relatively easy as long as you keep the water to a minimum.
Cleaning Cork Floors – Daily Steps and Procedures
- Block off area to be cleaned with caution tape and/or Wet Floor Signs.
- Prepare and use Personal Protective equipment according to the product specification and MSDS.
- Start cleaning cork floors by dust mopping the floor with untreated dust mop to remove most of the surface dust. However, microfiber dust mops are available and are the recommend tool for this procedure. Remove gum and other debris adhered to the floor with a Blunt Plastic Scraper. Do Not over scrape or apply to much pressure. Doing so may damage the finish coating of the floor. Remove the loose debris from the floor and discard in the trash.
- Using a dry vacuum, vacuum entrance matting. A vacuum with a beater brush is the preferred equipment. If entrance matting is removable, unload soil from entrance matting. If not, utilize the dry vacuum procedure above.
- In an auto scrubber’s solution tank, diluted a neutral cleaner with water according to product label directions. Using a white pad or microfiber pad on the auto scrubber, scrub and pick up solution with one pass. We do not recommend using a scrub brush on the auto scrubber because it maybe to aggressive and scratch the protective top coating.
- Pick up any trails and solution from the turnarounds left by the auto scrubber with a damp mop and bucket. Remember that excessive wetting of the cork floor can cause damage to floor.
- Allow floor to completely dry and remove wet floor signs.
Cleaning Cork Floors – Reference Websites