A fairly new and very upscale sustainable product, cork flooring has sound insulating properties that help silence footsteps. In fact, the cushioning nature of the product also helps fight fatigue, so it is a great choice for a kitchen if you enjoy spending time preparing meals. Cork is also naturally resistant to mildew, mold, and insects, and is exceptionally easy to install because there is no nailing. It can go over many types of existing floors, so it’s a great DIY project. Cork cleans up easily with some light vacuuming and sweeping to remove grit. A damp mop completes the job leaving your floor gorgeous for years to come.