Cork - advice needed

Hello,
There was a water failure and the water got under the cork floating floor (Wincanders Cork-o Floor). How to remove the stains? The spots are darker and less smooth than the rest of the floor.
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How long ago?
From the description "less smooth" I would guess you will need to refinish the floor.
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Hello,
Thanks for your reply.

during the central heating season so I waited. Well, it altered. First it was more "unsmooth" but without the change of colour.

"unsmoothing".
By the way, the only advice I got from specialists (when it happened) was to replace the hit tiles or even the whole floor. But now it looks better than at the beginning. So I'm ready to experiment with something else. :-)
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As Bill said, contact the manufacturer and see if they have any comments. My guess is that it will fade back towards the rest of the floor over time. The surface is likely to need a little refinishing to get it even. That is normal maintenance anyway.
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Hello and thanks again,

I could only contact the company which delvered the cork and installed everything. As I said they wanted to replace the floor. But the floor looks much better than they forecasted a year ago.

what you mean by "refinishing"?
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No one would know from your writing.
Refinishing would generally include sanding the floor and applying a new finish, like varnish.
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Hello,

I'm Polish. I live in Warsaw.

to cork floor.
Thank you very much for your help.
Regards Ewa
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Hello,
My cork is with a vinyl coating.
As I said the stains weren't visible just after the disaster. They appeared after a few months. So now they have been visible for about 8 -9 months. I hoped that they'd dry out during the central heating season but they didn't.
Do you think that there is a chance that they can still disappear on their own?
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Hello,

Thank you very much.
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Hello,
Thanks for your answer.

I have two kinds of liquid to keep the floor clean. I use "Wicanders Floor Cleaner" for every cleaning and "Wicanders Floor Dressing" once or twice a year.
What I need now is something to remove the stains after the water disaster. The water got under the floor and then the brown stains appeared along some slits. The spots are also a little bit "unsmooth". But the main problem is with the dark colour. Joseph wrote that it may fade back so now I'm more optimistic. However, if you know what else I can do, please inform me.
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Oops, looks like the Wicanders Cork-O floor is actually cork with a vinyl coating. So there's probably no good way to refinish it. However, the good news is that the water staining should fade over time. How much, I have no idea.
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Hello,

Thanks you very much.
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Contact the manufacturer for specific information
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