What is Cork Bark and What is it Used For?

Cork bark is the outer layer of the appropriately named cork oak tree. It’s a very versatile material, notable for its unique texture, natural insulation properties and eco-friendliness, and it finds many applications, both practical and just as a part of a decoration.

Cork bark panels are a popular way to cover walls that is visually appealing and can add warmth and texture to any space

Another example is the use of cork bark tiles and sheets for building naturalistic habitats in terrariums and vivariums. That can help to produce a great, realistic environment for various species, such as reptiles.

How Do I Choose Cork Bark?

The choice will depend on the intended use and desired aesthetic.

For home decor, it makes sense to mainly consider the size and texture. A large cork bark piece can make a bold statement, while small cork bark can be used to good effect for more detailed work or smaller spaces.

Natural cork bark looks rustic and beautiful. It’s perfect for adding a touch of nature to an interior.

If you’re creating a cork bark terrarium or a cork bark vivarium, make your choices according to the size and type of habitat, ensuring it fits the enclosure and meets the needs of its inhabitants.

How Do I Clean Cork Bark?

Very straightforwardly, and you should do it regularly, to maintain the natural beauty and longevity of the material.

For decorative pieces, simply dust, gently, with a brush or cloth, to remove surface dirt.

In terrariums or vivariums, remove the cork bark and scrub it lightly, with water. Avoid harsh chemicals to protect your pet. Then allow it to air dry completely before returning it to its place.

Most frequently asked questions about cork bark

Is cork bark safe to use in aquariums and vivariums?

Cork can be safely used in vivariums. We’d be careful about using it in aquariums, though, unless you’re using it as a piece of decoration in a dry area: cork floats, so it’s hard to submerge it, and it may affect the quality of the water.

Is cork bark safe for hamsters?

Not only safe, but fun, offering them a great chewing option and a place to hide.

Does cork bark mould?

Cork bark is naturally resistant to mould thanks to a chemical called suberin. However, if there is a lot of humidity and without good ventilation, it can get mouldy.