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Resilient Floor Covering Categories Cork and Linoleum Flooring- Atlanta, Georgia
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Linoleum and Cork Floor Coverings

When the topic of natural floor coverings come up we generally refer to stone floors and wood floors. We speak of the beauty that they possess and the elegance that they offer. And when it comes to durability we boast proudly of the many years or centuries that they can endure.

The availability of these materials is not what it used to be and the ecological awareness of society as a whole would prefer not to squander these natural resources. Practical cost effective means of protecting the floors in which we work and play needed to be developed. One solution came in the form of a natural material known as cork.

Cork oak trees are found in the western region of the Mediterranean area, generally in Spain and Portugal. Massive forests of Cork Oak trees have been cultivated for centuries for their prize possession, the bark. The bark is peeled off approximately every nine years without damage to the tree and is used to manufacture many items.

The cork oak is ground and used in the production of many types of flooring. Linoleum, Cork Carpet and Cork tile are similar in production but can be confusing to the owner.

 

Linoleum was invented well over a hundred years ago and is still one of the finest resilient floor coverings available today. Linoleum is made in much the same manner that it was a century ago however modern technology has helped to speed up the process. It is manufactured of purely natural ingredients consisting of linseed oil, cork, wood flour, limestone (for certain types of linoleum) and natural resins. The linseed oil and natural resins are boiled to speed up the oxidation process. The rest of the ingredients are then added and the mass is kneaded several times. The raw form is then pressed on to natural jute backing.

They have a very colorful palate with many selections and are available in tile and roll (sheet). Because of its flexibility and ease to work with, this decorative floor covering is often cut and lain in artistic motifs and produces some wonderful looking floors. Linoleum floor coverings generally have a marbled look to them, in the past that would set them apart. Today there are sheet vinyl products that display very similar characteristics.

The easiest way to identify a linoleum floor covering is to look at the back. If it is pressed on to a jute backing it is going to be linoleum or a cork carpet (discussed next). Generally the floor covering will be on the floor and the back will not be visible. When this is the case if you look closely at the surface you may be able to see the burlap texture of the jute telegraphed to the surface of the floor covering. When you can’t see the texture you have to rely on touch. The surface of the floor (even if it has a coating on it) will have a slight granular texture. That can be distinguished by feel.

Cork Carpet

Cork Carpet is manufactured in much the same way as linoleum and therefore holds a lot of the same characteristics. Cork carpet is made of finely ground cork particles mixed with resins and pressed on to natural jute backing. The colors are generally variations of tans, browns and reddish browns.

Cork carpet, similar to linoleum, lends an additional extension to resilient floors. Made of predominately cork bark particles, this resilient floor covering emulates cork tile while maintaining the resiliency of linoleum. Durable and acoustically quiet, this floor covering primarily finds its place in gymnasiums and other sports or physical therapy type facilities. The colors of this type of floor covering are usually consistent throughout the body of the product.

Cork Tile

Cork Tile unlike cork carpet is a composition of coarsely ground cork, which is heated and compressed, in large blocks, natural and phenolic resins are added to bind the material together. These blocks are then cut into sheets, which are again cut into tiles. The tiles are then shipped ready for installation. Cork tiles come in three colors of brown with varying shades in each color.

Cork Floor Coverings

Maintenance of linoleum and cork floors should be strictly in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations. At FloorCare Specialists, we know there is a difference between maintaining vinyl-type products and linoleum and cork flooring. Although similar methods of floor maintenance are used, we know that special care should be taken when maintaining linoleum and cork floors. The reason for this special care is because of the natural products and the special processes that create linoleum as a floor covering.

Linoleum floors are more sensitive to chemicals and abrasives. The use of high pH strippers and cleaners may damage any floor surface, but the effect of strong alkaline cleaners on linoleum is much more apparent. Frequent use of these types of chemicals without rinsing can cause cracking, shrinking and possible discoloration. Use of aggressive stripping chemicals can leave the surface rough to the touch and very porous because the chemical has etched into the binder of the linoleum. Also, linoleum floors have a tendency to be susceptible to damage due to over wetting of the floor surface.

It is for all of these reasons that the most important aspect of maintaining linoleum type floors is the initial cleaning and application of seal/finishes. FloorCare Specialists will apply a solid foundation to begin with so that daily maintenance can be carried out for a longer period of time before the more aggressive services are required.

 

 

 
 

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Floorcare Specialists Services Include:

Specialty Coatings

Instacure Coatings

Vinyl Floor Coverings

Maintenance for Vinyl Floor Coverings (VCT,Sheet, Luxury)

Rubber Floor Covering & Maintenance

Linoleum and Cork Flooring & Maintenance

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