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allergy–friendly floors – cork flooring

Cork Flooring

Flooring Type - Cork

Cork is a sustainable product that can be made without the addition of harmful chemicals. Like bamboo and linoleum, the surface of cork naturally resists allergens such as dust, mites and pet dander. More uniquely, cork naturally contains Suberin, an insect repellant. Currently, cork is one of the most popular green flooring options available on the market.


  • Hypoallergenic
  • Contains Suberin, a natural insect repellent
  • Resists mold, fungi and bacteria growth (antimicrobial)
  • Can be finished with non–toxic (low VOC) products
  • Moisture resistant when properly installed, sealed and finished


  • Cork flooring may chip and dent upon contact with heavy or sharp objects
  • Sealants may contain chemicals which can irritate allergies
  • Cork flooring can expand or contract with changes in humidity

Cork Flooring Tips for an Allergy–Free Home

  • Clean frequently to reduce allergens on cork's surface
  • Use an underlayment such as cork or foam rubber to reduce moisture transfer from subfloor and decrease the chance of mold growth