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How to Install and Seal Your Cork Flooring

Anybody can install and seal his or her own cork flooring.  All it takes are the right tools, some time, some energy and some patience!

Make sure you do take the tiles out of the box at least four days before installing them.  This is important because the tiles need to get used to the natural temperature of the room in which they are being installed.  Make sure you move the tiles around so that each tile gets equal exposure to the air in the room.   Also, the surface on which the tiles are being installed needs to be smooth and clean.  That means they should not have any dirt, paint, polish, waxes, or old adhesives.

Always lay the tiles out in the desired pattern before doing any actual installation.  Use the chalk lines to chalk out where the lines of the tile pattern are.  Make sure the lines extend up onto the surrounding floor and the walls around the installation area. Once youíve gotten your pattern chalked out, administer the adhesive to the edges of the room with a paintbrush.  The adhesive should come close to the inside corners, but not all the way to the walls.  Next the adhesive should be rolled onto the rest of the surface with a paint roller.  The adhesive is clear when it dries so itís okay to roll it over your chalk lines.

You will know that the adhesive is dry enough when it is clear and feels tacky (go ahead and touch it, how else will you know if itís ready?)  The drying process usually takes around thirty minutes.  Make sure it is clear and tacky before you start to lay the cork tiles.  Once youíre ready to lay the cork tiles, do so very carefully.  The tiles will immediately fix to the lower surface.  If you make a mistake you can loosen the tile, but itís better to just be slow and careful.  Youíll save yourself a lot of time and frustration this way because if you pry up a cork tile, youíll need to reapply the adhesive before you can put it back down.  As you lay the tile, make sure the individual tiles are pushed tightly together and that you are fixing them in place.  You can do this by slapping the tile down, but youíll also need to hit them with a rubber mallet to make sure that contact has been madeóespecially around the edges.

The seal should be applied with a foam roller. The seal should be applied thickly and with a single motion.  Do not go back over the seal with the roller.  Let the seal sit for at least twenty four hours before walking on it with shoes (shoes should not have rubber soles). After eight days, the seal will have set in and your floor is complete (wait two weeks before you wash it).

Congratulations you have just installed and sealed your cork floor!

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