Cork Floor Restoration at Metropolitan Tabernacle, Elephant and Castle, London

We were honoured to be chosen for such an important project: to restore the cork floor on aisles at the Metropolitan Tabernacle. The main purpose of this floor is to dampen the foot fall noise.
Posted on16-04-2016 by 1410

We were honoured to be chosen for such an important project: to restore the cork floor on aisles at the Metropolitan Tabernacle. The main purpose of this floor is to dampen the foot fall noise.
It was a challenging job as there were some deep scars into the cork and a few tiles needed to be replaced. Also due to the regular polishing over the years residues clogged into the deeper dents.
The first step was to clean the thick wax so to reach the original lacquer layer. Then we started to sand the floor, but being a cork floor which is very soft the Hummel was not used. Also the floor was previously sanded once so there was not to much thickness to work with. As the cork was joined with the teak parquet floor a special care was needed when sanding the perimeter.
The surface was sealed with five coats of lacquer to give it a good protection against traffic and to achieve a glossy look similar with the adjacent parquet. The cork is also porous so it absorbs the lacquer.

Location: Elephant and Castle, London

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