Everyone wants their new bamboo flooring to last a lifetime and keep its same out-of-the-box luster throughout the life of the floor. To keep your Bamboo looking great, here are a few recommendations on maintaining its appearance and durability.
- Place doormats or rugs at entrances to collect moister, sand, grit and other potentially damaging substances from being tracked onto your bamboo floor.
- Dust mop or vacuum with a soft accessory to keep your bamboo floor clean from dust, dirt or grit. WeShipFloors’ Bamboo flooring cleans easily with a Swiffer or similar type dry mop.
- For sticky spots, use a soft damp cloth to gently scrub the floor. Do not use steel wool, abrasive scouring pads, or any kind of harsh detergents, abrasive cleansers, or corrosive chemicals to clean your bamboo floor.
- Avoid excessive water. Use mats in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room to protect against spills. If a spill occurs, blot it up immediately with a dry cloth or slightly damp mop.
- Use only colorfast and non-scratch carpeting or pads on your bamboo floor.
- Protect the floor from furniture legs and do not walk on the floor with high-heeled shoes.
Where can Bamboo flooring be installed?
Bamboo can be installed in any room of your home, above or below ground. It’s that versatile, whether you install it over wood, OSB, or existing vinyl flooring.
However, there are several locations that are not recommended for bamboo flooring including places that see any excess of water such as bathrooms, washrooms, saunas, and even enclosed porches or verandas. Moisture may cause your bamboo flooring to warp or swell depending on the amount it is exposed to.
How do you install Bamboo floors?
Let’s start out with the pre-install first before breaking out those environmentally-friendly boards. A little prep work can make your install go that much smoother.
- Make sure that your sub-floor is flat and smooth.
- When installing Bamboo over radiant heating, be sure you read both the bamboo flooring and radiant heat system instructions carefully before you start.
- Read your bamboo flooring manufacturer’s installation instructions carefully.
- Allow at least 72 hours of acclimation time in the room where the Bamboo will be installed.
- A tapping block should be used during installation of the floors. Never hit bamboo flooring directly. A piece of flooring trim makes a good tapping block.
- Add at least 7% to your square footage when ordering to allow for waste and specialty cuts.
Why should I choose bamboo flooring?
- A Bamboo floor is easy to clean.
- It doesn’t harbor dust or dust mites.
- Bamboo flooring typically costs less than hardwood flooring.
- Bamboo is easily installed over wood and vinyl tile.
- Bamboo is universally known as an environmentally friendly flooring option.
Is it safe to use a mop on my new bamboo floor?
A Swiffer-style or similar type of dry mop can safely be used to clean your bamboo floors. Like hardwood flooring, avoid excessive moisture when you clean bamboo.
Explain “horizontal” and “vertical” bamboo flooring.
The terms “horizontal” and “vertical” refer to the manner in which bamboo strips are laminated together. Horizontal Bamboo’s strips are laid flat so the top surface shows the bamboo’s natural growth rings, while vertical bamboo’s strips are turned sideways and laminated together in long, slender rows.
What is the difference between bamboo flooring and hardwood flooring?
Is BIG difference is that Bamboo flooring is an environmentally friendly product. A few years are all it takes a bamboo plant to mature. Meanwhile, hardwood trees can take decades to fully mature. When bamboo is harvested, the root will live and produce new stock.
The mothering bamboo plant will generate several new bamboo stems each year that grow to full length in a few months. In addition to that, bamboo is actually harder than hardwood so it makes for a more durable piece of flooring.