Cork flooring is an environmentally friendly flooring option that has risen in popularity in recent years. As a fantastic alternative to hardwood flooring, cork has resilience and bounce that makes it a great choice for busy areas in your North Chicago home. Below, we’ve outlined the important information you need to know about cork and encourage you to learn more about this cutting-edge material.

 

Cork Flooring in ChicagoWhat is cork?

Cork flooring is made from the bark of cork trees, and is the same material used for products wine stoppers and bulletin boards. The harvesting practices associated with cork flooring are the key reason for its eco-friendliness. Instead of cutting down cork trees to make planks and boards, cork flooring is made from stripping the bark off of the trees. This keeps the roots and leaves intact, allowing the tree to keep growing.

Cork at Home

Since cork is simultaneously resilient and comfortable underfoot, it’s perfect for many areas of the home where you might be nervous to install true hardwood. The kitchen, entryway, bedroom, and living room in your North York home will all benefit from the unique qualities of cork.

Cork is naturally quite absorbent, which allows it to readily accept a wide range of dyes and stains. This means that you can customize your cork to fit the look and feel of your home. However, cork’s absorbency makes it prone to unsightly stains and spots if you spill liquids on it. Make sure to clean up messes immediately to prevent discoloration.

 

Cork Flooring in ChicagoMaintenance

Since it’s moisture resistant, cork flooring can be cleaned in a variety of ways. It has a thick protective layer that allows it to easily be cleaned with water and a mild cleaning solution. Vacuuming and sweeping are also great maintenance options for cork.

If you or someone in your family has allergies, cork is the flooring for you! Cork has the added benefit of being hypoallergenic. Dust and dander stays on the surface, allowing it to easily be wiped or swept away. Cork’s resistance to mold and mildew bolsters its hypoallergenic qualities as well.

 

Start Today!

Are you interested in installing cork flooring in your North Chicago home? The friendly experts at Floor Coverings International North Chicago are here to help! Call us today for a complimentary consultation and visit from our mobile showroom. We proudly serve the Chicago, Lake View, Ravenswood & Lincoln Square area.

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