Installing Cork Flooring for Room

Cork flooring has proven to be a wonderful option for any area or room in your house, including the bathrooms and kitchen. Cork is ideal for residential use as it effectively uses energy, insulates sound well, as well offers an appealing and rich surface texture.

You can also easily install your cork flooring. You just need about $500 to buy the materials you will need, around one to two days, and a bit of craftsmanship and patience.

The materials you would need to buy would be cork flooring (the tongue-and-groove plank), hammer, utility knife, chalk line pencil, tape measure, wood glue (the one that is suited for floor installation), finishing nails, damp cloth, cleaning solution for cork floors, lamb’s wool applicator and floor primer and some topcoat finish.

Here are the simple instructions for installing cork flooring:

  1. Remove any appliances, particularly the big ones. Tally the caulking from the baseboard molding to the shoe molding. Use a hammer and a five-in-one tool for removing the molding intact – it will be reinstalled.
  2. Measure around 32 inches starting from the cabinets on both ends of the wall. You can then make some marks on these points and then snap a chalk line in between them. This line would serve as the reference point for the cork planks.
  3. Slide the first cork flooring board in place. Add some glue to the board’s tongue and then you can slide the next board’s groove in place. Continue on the first row: apply glue then tap each plank into place.
  4. Once you have ensured that the boards are straight using your chalk line reference, you could start adding the next row. Make sure that you will be using a scrap plank piece and a hammer in tapping the boards into place. Do not hit the boards you have placed on the floor directly with your hammer, as this could deform the plank’s tongue.
  5. Continue working across the floor, as you wipe away the glue, which is forced through the grooves using your damp cloth.
  6. Affix the reducer strip to the doorway threshold using some finishing nails.
  7. After the planks are all in place, you can then clean the floor using a cleaner that was recommended by the manufacturer. Let dry.
  8. Using your lamb’s wool applicator, apply floor primer by pouring out the solution in a band that is around three to four inches. Wipe across. Also, avoid lifting the pad. Try to keep it flat on the floor so that drips could be avoided.
  9. Once the floor is totally dry, the topcoat could then be applied using another piece of lamb’s wool applicator in the same way you did for the primer coat, which would be able to provide a lustrous shine to the floor.

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