Historic Preservation - Technical Procedures
Cleaning A Cork Tile Floor
Hsr - Federal Bldg/P.O., Wash, Dc - Bldg Conservation Tech
Resilient Tile Flooring
Cleaning A Cork Tile Floor
CLEANING A CORK TILE FLOOR
A. This procedure includes instructions on how to clean a
cork tile floor made from through-chip granules.
B. Because cork is a natural wood product, cleaning and
refinishing procedures appropriate for hard wood floors
are also applicable to cork tile floors.
A. Vacuum daily to remove any loose dirt and grit. Floor
may be cleaned daily with a dry, treated dust mop or damp
mopped using a mild, non-ammoniated detergent. Avoid
abrasive and alkaline cleansers. DO NOT FLOOD FLOOR WITH
A. Bonakemi USA, INC.
14805 East Moncrieff Place
Aurora, CO 80011
800/872-5515 or 303/371-1411
Nontvale, NJ 07645
Flora, IL 62839
800/526-0495 or 901/797-9324
NOTE: Chemical products are sometimes sold under a common
name. This usually means that the substance is not as pure as
the same chemical sold under its chemical name. The grade of
purity of common name substances, however, is usually adequate
for stain removal work, and these products should be purchased
when available, as they tend to be less expensive. Common
names are indicated below by an asterisk (*).
A. Mineral Spirits:
1. A petroleum distillate that is used especially as a
paint or varnish thinner.
2. Other chemical or common names include Benzine* (not
Benzene); Naphtha*; Petroleum spirits*; Solvent
3. Potential Hazards: TOXIC AND FLAMMABLE.
4. Safety Precautions:
a. AVOID REPEATED OR PROLONGED SKIN CONTACT.
b. ALWAYS wear rubber gloves when handling
c. If any chemical is splashed onto the skin,
wash immediately with soap and water.
5. Available from construction specialties
distributor, hardware store, paint store, or
printer's supply distributor.
Solvent wax remover such as "Woodline Renovator"
(Bonakemi USA, Inc.), or approved equal.
B. Paste wax, such as "Paste Finishing Wax" (Minwax),
Carnauba wax, or approved equal.
1. Carnauba wax - natural, hard, brittle high-melting
wax from the leaves of the Carnauba palm; used
chiefly in polishes.
C. Clean cloths
A. Electric floor machine
B. 00 to 0000 steel wool pads
C. Lamb's wool pads
A. Verification of Conditions: Determine existing finish.
If tiles are waxed, renew wax finish. A polyurethane
finish will require different cleaning techniques.
A. Provide protection against the spread of dust and debris
at or beyond the work area by suitable enclosures of
sheeting and tarpaulins.
B. Provide masking or covering on adjacent surfaces and
permanent equipment and secure without damaging surface.
Impervious sheeting which may produce condensation should
not be used.
3.03 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION
NOTE: FREQUENCY OF CLEANING WILL DEPEND ON AMOUNT OF FOOT
A. For Cork Tile with a Waxed Finish:
1. Remove existing wax finish by buffing with mineral
spirits or solvent wax remover and 00 steel wool
discs on an electric buffer.
2. Clean up excess mineral spirits and wax residue
with rags or paper towels.
3. Apply thin coat of paste wax and buff with lamb's
wool pads. Apply three to four thin coats of wax
rather than one thick coat. Buff after application
of each coat.
B. For Cork Tile with a Polyurethane Coating:
1. To Remove Old Wax:
a. Rub the surface with a coarse cloth soaked in
turpentine or solvent wax remover.
b. For stubborn dirt, rub lightly with 0000 steel
wool soaked in turpentine.
c. Wipe the surface with a clean, dry cloth.
2. Apply liquid wax following manufacturer's
instructions, mop evenly over the floor and allow
to dry. DO NOT USE PASTE WAX.
3. Buff with lamb's wool pads.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 above if recommended by
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