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How Do I Protect Original Cork Tile?

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Joined: Jun 28 2003

Hello Eichlers,

I discovered original untreat Eicher cork tile in the living room. I prefer to expose the cork, if it's possible. (If you read a previous post, I still will carpet the bedrooms because them floors are cold in the winter!)

So do you have any recommendations on how to preserve this cork from nicks, scrapes, scratches? I read Cathye's post a few months ago, I think her reply mentioned that varnish seaps into the cork. So I guess I prefer something that will protect the cork with seeping into it. Radiant heat does not work.

Thank you.

Mountain View

Joined: Mar 20 2003

typically, you can protect cork flooring with a polyurethane coating, same as you would for a hardwood floor. I would suggest consulting a local flooring specialist who installs and refinishes cork flooring. Depending on the size of the job, you should be able to do it yourself.

Nice find with the cork! Too bad your radiant heat doesn't. Have you ever considered checking if it is repairable?

good luck

Joined: Jun 28 2003

Hello Joe,

Thank you for the info. I will try to seal the cork tomorrow. The carpet people are coming tomorrow. So carpet will be installed in the bedrooms, and removed from the living room. I need to protect the cork really soon because of the scratches that will occur.

Not only is there original raw cork, but while cleaning out the garage and I found the original building permit issued to Eichler and Sons dated February 16, 1954. That permit is now nicely framed and in the house.

The previous owner installed radiant heat in the ceiling (called valance I believe) for whatever reason and I redoing it for the floor is low on my priorities. The valance system works very well and I have no complaints.

Again, Joe, thank you for your reply.


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