Refinish Cork Flooring?

Refinish Cork Flooring?

Regina Yunghans
Sep 14, 2011

Q: I just moved from Brooklyn to a tiny coastal town in Northern California. We just saw an amazing apartment which is colossal and full of incredible vintage details (it used to be a hotel in the late 1800s). However, the floor in the living room and dining room is cork and the previous tenants stained it pretty terribly.

There are some corners that look totally unharmed but a lot of the floor looks kind of awful. The surface seems to be fine (no real gouging that I could tell) and there is no buckling. But the stains honestly make the place look a little like an old crime scene.

Is there a way to refinish cork floors or should we talk to the landlord about just starting over flooring-wise in those rooms? Also, if it's possible to refinish the floors, we are willing to try to do it ourselves.

Sent by Amy

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