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How to Seal Cork Floor

Cork floor is barefoot, but also under shoes a delightful floor. The floor is very soft and also warm compared to tiles or parquet. Thanks to its elasticity and its natural structure, it has an insulating effect and is soundproof and resistant to impact. However, the soil is not only good for feeling good, but also provides a clear conscience. For cork is a natural and renewable raw material: the bark of cork oak. So that the owner has long joy on the ground, but also a small little care is necessary.

Materials

  • Solvent-free water lacquer or nano black sealant (It is important to use lacquers which are used for sealing the cork seal.) Other lacquers cannot withstand the elastic natural product cork in the long term and will tear.)
  • a rod for stirring the varnishes
  • Sealing rollers in different sizes, possibly telescopic handles
  • cotton cloth
  • Crepe tape for masking walls or decorative strips

Instructions

  1. Immediately after laying, the floor should be sealed for the first time. After this, it is necessary every ten years depending on the type of use. If the soil is laid out in commercial buildings, it may also be more sensible to re-seal the soil.
  2. The floor was freshly laid before sealing or very fine sanded with fine sandpaper.
  3. Before sealing, dust and lint must be removed from the floor.Otherwise, they remain as inclusions in the varnish.
  4. The first coat must be very thin with the roll so that the bottom of the lacquer does not start to swell or create unsightly dark spots.
  5. The two, even better, three subsequent coat layers can then be applied thicker and full but uniformly at a distance of about 12 hours.
  6. Even if the idea is to protect the floor from dust: the cork floor should not be covered after sealing.Otherwise, the foil may stick to the lacquer.
  7. After two days, the ground can be re-committed for the first time.
  8. After seven days, the furniture can return to its destination.Tips
  • If the soil is cleaned regularly with thick wax emulsion in the wiping water, pores in the cork are closed by themselves, and no damage is caused by any water that has leaked out.
  • If the soil is to be kept in its original natural form, it can also be treated with oil and then regularly waxed with wax. However, this necessitates a considerably higher expenditure on maintenance.

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