Lucette writes in: "We just installed dark brown cork flooring in our very modern house, in the kitchen and in the laundry room. We also covered a few stairs and a low wall with it. I was wondering if anybody could advise me as to what sealer or wax products they may be using on their (similar) flooring to protect it from liquids. I know the basics (dust mop, wipe up drips, don't use a wet mop, occasional damp mop ok, etc.), however, we have only been in the house for a month and we need to have the contractor refinish them. I don't think they sealed it appropriately. I would appreciate some tips. By the way, these floors fade in the sun and there is little one can do about that if it is anywhere near a window wall."
Lucette, here are a few sealants and fillers that can be used on cork to protect your flooring from liquids: Aglaia Aquasol Oil Sealer, which has a satin sheen, is formulated for high foot traffic and is made of plant oils and wood resings in water, free of synthetic pot preservatives, biocides, solvents, artificial resins and plasticizers. An additional seel of their Aglaia Aquasol Hard Wax improves durability of the transparent finish. More information about their products here. Additionally, an easy way to protect your flooring and furnishing from harmful UV discoloration is to simply install UV-blocking window film, which adds the additional benefit of reducing solar heat gain, lessen glare, and make any un-tempered glass safer during earthquakes. We've purchased UV window film from Improvements and it was an easy installation and only barely changed the quality of light entering our apartment's living room and home office. Image: Corkfloor.com