Natural wood, with its aroma, color and unique texture used in Russia during the reign of the king of peas.His "peers" - bark of cork oak - just taking the first steps on Russian soil, but with each passing day "walk" Mediterranean comrade becoming confident and smoother.The growing popularity of cork floors can be explained not so much by fashion trends all natural, as a collection of unique properties of this material, compete successfully with the latest developments in the market of flooring and its versatility.Cork flooring in the kitchen, in the bedroom, nursery, living room are not uncommon, but if in the last three versions use the behavior of the coating predictably, how to behave jam in the first case, because the kitchen - a room with a high degree of zagryaznyaemosti and not less highcross.On this and talk in this article.
About attractive qualities of cork ↑
Surelyyou have already heard about the miraculous properties of cork, but once again make sure that this stuff is really so good, not hurt.
- environmentally friendly natural material that does not contain any impurities and additives.In the kitchen, the floor 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.To this point, the kitchen is very relevant.
- does not rot and is not afraid of water.It really is.In one of the monasteries of the Portuguese cork off with the monks' cells and even after 300 years on the walls of buildings were discovered remnants of this material, which have been preserved in its original form.
- has high thermal insulation properties.Walk the cork can be even barefoot.
- soft and slippery - an important quality, especially in the kitchen.
- does not absorb odors.
- during deformation quickly recovers its shape.
Types cork ↑
There are two types of cork: glue and floating floors.The first is a two-layer thin plate: 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 on the basis of HDF-plates - wood-fiber plates are glued over the cork veneer cork and covered with several layers of lacquer.It would seem that such a rigid structure should provide coating durability and long life, but it is not so.Floating floors really solid and strong, but they do not stand up to temperature fluctuations and intense exposure to water, because the boards are connected by a locking mechanism which, unfortunately, can not provide the required level of reliability.
Glue the cork floors have a different way of connecting - thanks to chamfer plates are adjusted to each other as much as possible tight and hard, forming a continuous surface with no differences at the joints.This cover is perfect for the kitchen, and it does not last for 2-3 years, as a floating cork flooring, and all of 10-12 years.
For greater reliability can cover the floor varnish which give tube additional strength, however, the surface of the floor slightly change its properties - it becomes less elastic and less soft, which could affectsafety.
Cork flooring in the kitchen interior ↑
decorative possibilities are virtually endless traffic jams.Choose it can be any color scheme of the interior, whether white, black, green, red, or even 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 cork flooring looks natural shades - brown, yellow, ocher.This color scheme is suitable for furniture, made in a single floor with colors.No less interesting are interspersed with a variety of coatings, 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: at your feet the snow-white, soft, warm sand, flowing and airy, it beckons to her, but ... It's just a mirage, as accurately created by hands of the designer that distinguish the cork flooring from the beach can not evenAustralian Aborigines.
Laying cork ↑
Laying cork floor is best left to professionalssince this coating is very whimsically refers to the uneven ground.The floor must be perfect - the slightest bulge or bubble pit - a potential hole in the fresh tube.
Before starting work on the installation must be done markup - it will facilitate the laying and will save time.You should begin with the center, gradually moving to the walls of the room, with a particular focus on drawing the tiles do not need to pay - after laying the floor surface will still look like a single unit.And so the result is even more pleased, stick the tiles in rows (as in the laying of ceramic tiles), do it "in the Extension."
for internal seams, it is desirable to use a sealant that will give the floor an extra strength and durability, and for adhering tiles buy special glue,which hardens almost instantly.
finished work on installation, treat the surface of the cork protective oil or varnish.
Handling and care ↑
to cork flooring 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 can use a fine grit sandpaper, however, after its application will have to resort to using polish or paint (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!
Overall, cork flooring in the kitchen - perfect coverage that meets all the requirements for the premises, however, he has one drawback - the high, compared with other types of flooring, price.But the advantages of the more!