Cork flooring in the kitchen
Natural wood, with its aroma, color andunique texture used in Russia during the reign of the king of peas. His "peers" - the bark of cork oak - only just taking its first steps on Russian soil, but with each passing day "walk" Mediterranean companion becomes smoother and more confident. The growing popularity of cork flooring can be explained not so much by fashion trends at all natural, as a set of unique properties of this material, successfully competing with the latest developments in the flooring market, and its versatility. Cork flooring in the kitchen, in the bedroom, nursery, living room are not uncommon, but if in the last three use cases cover the behavior is quite predictable, how to behave jam in the first case, because the kitchen - a room with a high degree of zagryaznyaemosti and not less high cross. On this and will talk in this article.
- On the attractive qualities of cork
- Types of cork
- Cork flooring in the kitchen interior
- Laying cork
- Terms of operation and maintenance
On the attractive qualities of cork
You've probably already heard about the miraculous properties of cork, but once again make sure that this stuff really is so good, can not hurt.
- environmentally friendly natural material containing no additives and impurities. In the kitchen, the floor of which is decorated with a cork, and it is easier to breathe and the air more.
- antistatic. She pushes away the dust and dirt, which allows you to forget about the endless cleaning.
- not combustible. For the kitchen this time is highly relevant.
- does not rot and is not afraid of water. This is true. In one of the monasteries of the Portuguese cork off with the monks' cells and even after 300 years on the remains of the walls of the premises of this material were found, which have been preserved in its original form.
- It has high thermal insulation properties. Walk on the cork can be even barefoot.
- soft and slippery - an important quality, especially in the kitchen.
- It does not absorb odors.
- during deformation quickly recovers its shape.
Types of cork
There are two types of cork: adhesive and floating floors. The first is a two-layer thin plates: the top layer - decorative veneer of crust, the bottom - pressed cork. This coating has a thickness of about 5 mm, which is sufficient for the kitchen.
Floating cork floors are made onbased on the HDF-boards - wood-fiber plates are glued over the cork veneer, pressed cork and covered with several layers of lacquer. It would seem that such a rigid structure should provide coating durability and long service life, but this is not true. Floating floors are really durable and strong, but they can not withstand temperature fluctuations and intense influence of water, because the boards are connected to each other through the locking mechanism, which, unfortunately, can not provide the proper level of reliability.
Glue the cork floors are a different wayconnection - thanks to the chamfer plates fit together tightly and firmly as possible to form a continuous surface with no differences at the joints. This coating is ideal for the kitchen, and it does not serve 2-3 years, as a floating cork floor, and all of 10-12 years.
For greater reliability, you can cover the floor varnish,which will give additional strength to the tube, however, the surface of the floor slightly change its properties - it becomes less elastic and less soft, which may affect the safety.
Cork flooring in the kitchen interior
Decorative cork is practically possiblelimitless. Choose it can be any color scheme of the interior, whether white, black, green, red or gray-brown-crimson hue. In addition, cork flooring and successfully fit into the classic and rustic and modern styles such as high-tech, modern, minimalist.
Very original look cork flooringnatural shades - brown, yellow, ocher. This color scheme is suitable for furniture, made in a single floor with colors. No less interesting is the coating with different patches, as well as those that are decorated with photo printing. Incidentally, the last option is very unusual, because thanks to modern technology cork flooring can mimic almost any material - oak, pine, solid wood, American walnut, rosewood, marble, pebbles, sand - and this is not the entire list.
Just imagine: under your feet snow-white, soft, warm sand, flowing and airy, and it attracts, but ... It's just a mirage, so precisely crafted designer hands that distinguish the cork flooring from the beach can not even Australian aborigine.
Laying cork floor is better to entrustprofessionals, since this coating is very whimsically refers to the uneven ground. The floor has to be perfect - the slightest bulge or bubble pit - a potential hole in the fresh tube.
Before starting work on the installation must be donemarkup - it will facilitate the laying and saves time. You should begin with the center, gradually moving to the walls of the room, with special attention to the pattern of tiles do not need to pay - after laying the floor surface will still look like a single unit. And so the results are even more pleased, stick the tiles in rows (as when laying ceramic tiles), do it "in the Extension."
For the treatment of the joints is desirableuse sealant, which will give the floor added strength and reliability, and buy special glue which hardens almost instantly for bonding plates.
After finishing work on laying, treat the surface of the cork protective oil or varnish.
Terms of operation and maintenance
To cork floor in the kitchen served as long as possible, several times a year to handle it polishes that give the surface shine and extra strength.
To remove stubborn dirt, you canuse fine sandpaper grit, however, after its application will have to resort to using polish or nail polish (to hide the defect). But for daily cleaning is fine, any non-aggressive detergent without abrasive particles and a soft cloth or mop. Yes, and no brushes, and especially metal sponges!
In general, cork flooring in the kitchen - perfectcoating that meets all the requirements for the premises, however, he has one drawback - the high, compared with other types of flooring, the price. But the advantages of the more!