What You Need to Know About Antimicrobial & Antibacterial Cork Floors

What if there was a flooring material that stopped the growth of bacteria and harmful microorganisms, keeping your home as clean, and safe, as ever? You’re in luck. With the help of the natural antimicrobial and antibacterial factors found in cork flooring, you’re able to keep away those pesky germs with ease. Let’s take a look at how and why cork flooring helps you keep a clean and healthy home environment.

Cork flooring has become increasingly popular as of late due to its guilt-free harvesting process and recyclable materials. Cork comes from the cork oak tree (also known as Quercus Suber), which is harvested once the tree becomes 20 years old and is repeated every 9 years. This material is then used to create products like wine bottle corks and cork flooring.

corkCork flooring material offers great benefits for homeowners including insulation for noise, heat and cool air, easy maintenance, and a soft surface beneath your feet in areas of your home that may subject you to a large amount of standing time. If all of that weren’t enough, the antimicrobial properties in cork flooring can naturally repel small vermin and insects with a waxy substance called suberin (conveniently named after the cork oak tree). This wax allows it to have water-resistant attributes and helps promote a healthy and clean environment as it prevents organisms to grow and colonize.

Did you know that cork oak trees have a high volume of suberin? That’s right. This not only helps trees heal quickly after the harvesting season, but it also provides us with the natural materials we need to protect our homes from harmful organisms.

If you or someone in your home suffers from indoor allergies, cork flooring is known to help with promoting greater air quality due to how easy it is to thoroughly clean its surface. (TIP: the more you take care of your cork floors, the longer they last!) In addition to promoting air quality, cork flooring also has the ability to repel dust, hair, dirt, and dander from its surface thanks to its hypoallergenic traits. These traits also prevent the growth of mold and mildew in your home.

Homes that have small children or elders who may need some extra support on their joints and bones can especially benefit from cork flooring materials because of their cleanliness and cushioning effect. Pets and heavy furniture, however, can damage the flooring product by causing nicks and dents.

What are you waiting for? Now is the time to invest in the leading flooring product on the market! To learn more or join in on today’s most environmentally friendly flooring trend, contact a flooring professional near you today.

What are you waiting for? Now is the time to invest in the leading flooring product on the market! To learn more or join in on today’s most environmentally friendly flooring trend, contact a flooring professional near you today.

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