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Types of Bamboo Wood Floors and How to Maintain Them

Updated on February 20, 2018
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Eco-friendly and highly sustainable, bamboo wood is an appealing alternative to the typical hardwood floor. It is tough, durable, and longlasting and ranks high with natural hardwood materials like oak, mahogany, maple, and cherry.

And because of its resistance to pests and humidity, it has an added advantage over most woods used for flooring.

Bamboo plant is a type of grass that grows to tall heights with some of the largest and tallest growing over 30 metres tall and  as wide as 30cm in diameter.
Bamboo plant is a type of grass that grows to tall heights with some of the largest and tallest growing over 30 metres tall and as wide as 30cm in diameter.
Bamboo wood can be stained, varnished, or simply used in its natural form.
Bamboo wood can be stained, varnished, or simply used in its natural form. | Source

Types of Bamboo Wood Materials

1. Distressed Bamboo Floors

This one of a kind flooring material offers the toughness associated with strand-woven bamboo components with the elegant and spectacular appearance like a hand-scraped surface. The bevels and curves flow smoothly through every single plank and it is constructed without using any equipment or tool which means that hardly any two planks will come out looking the same.

2. Strand Bamboo Wood

This variation is actually crafted employing a revolutionary production system, coming out two times as hard as oak and enduring more wear than the traditional hardwood floor. Its production involves heating lengthy strips of bamboo, weaving them together and then compressing them under extreme pressure and heat.

Strand bamboo wood floors are currently among the hardest wood flooring products found on the market. They have a pleasant and warm appearance and is a wonderful choice for virtually any property.

3. Vertical Bamboo Floors

In vertical bamboo wood flooring, bamboo planks will be turned up vertically (on the narrowest side of the plank), placed firmly together, bonded, pressed and then laminated laterally.

The result is a lined and pretty much consistent look to the surface of the installed floorboards and will look like thin strips of flooring wood strips.

4. Horizontal Flooring

Horizontal bamboo floor surfaces possess individual slats that are arranged in a horizontal direction on the widest edge and then attached side by side with adjacent pieces using a high-pressure lamination technique.

The look of the completed horizontal surface is one where the characteristic nodes on the bamboo are arbitrarily apparent.

5. Locking Bamboo Wood Flooring

Locking bamboo floors are the simplest to install. Individual wood planks have interlocking joints that will simply click into position. By simply combining plank alignment and colour, a great deal attractive and different variations is often produced.

Never Underestimate the Strength of Bamboo

It may be difficult to believe how strong, durable, and tough this soft looking plant is, but then appearances are at times deceptive. Because of its hardy quality, it is suitable for use in any interior room or space in the home. However, it requires additional bonding and sealing if it is to be installed in a bathroom or kitchen.

Asides its strength, its luxurious beauty is a great thing to behold and because it is a natural material, it is subject to beautiful colour variations.


How to Clean and Maintain Bamboo Flooring

Cleaning bamboo flooring calls for just a bit of special treatment. It's nothing hard or expensive to do though.

What TO do:

  1. Use a damp cloth to wipe up minor spills and dry-buff immediately. Don't rub or lightly scrub any spill or you will be massaging it into the wood pores. This will result in unsightly marks on the floor.
  2. Heel marks and scuff marks can be cleaned off bamboo wood floors by lightly rubbing with a dry cloth. If they create stubborn stains or marks, use a bamboo wood floor cleaning solution then buff-dry.
  3. It's best to vacuum bamboo wood floors on a very regular basis, daily if possible, especially in rooms that are much used. It helps prevent fine sand particles from digging into its fine surface. The main culprit in the deterioration of this material is tiny particles of dirt and sand.
  4. Use products specifically designed for cleaning bamboo wood floors only, when you need to do any heavy cleaning. The cleaning material must be non-alkaline, non-abrasive, and it must not contain any wax.
  5. If you are going to use a broom to clean, sweep with one that has fine soft bristles.
  6. For scuff marks that appear when rubber heels drag across the floor, remove them by pouring a small amount of wood floor cleaner onto a rag then gently rubbing it into the areas where the scuff marks are located.

What NOT to do

  1. It is important that any floor cleaner used must not be one that will leave a thin residue. If you do, it will hinder the existing bonding and may also affect re-finishing.
  2. Though bamboo is a lot more resistant to moisture than a majority of natural hardwoods, never ever use a wet mop or sponge to clean bamboo flooring.
  3. If you are planning to use a wood floor cleaner that requires mixing with water, ensure you keep to the mixing guidelines advised.
  4. You should never allow dirt, dust, pet hairs or other stuff that is tracked into the home daily, to mess up your bamboo wood floors.
  5. Do not try to 'dust mop' or use a bristled floor brush to clean bamboo floors.
  6. Never use a steam mop or any steam cleaner to clean your floor because water or steam will damage this wood and that will be disastrous for any type of bamboo flooring material. Unfortunately, it is often impossible to repair!


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    • viryabo profile image

      viryabo 4 years ago

      It is a great flooring product Florence. Thanks for the visit.

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      Florence wright 4 years ago

      "Bamboo Wood Floors" really nice..its really plays an important role to make our hose more beautiful..

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      Hi samik, im glad you find it informative.

      Thanks for visiting and for leaving nice comments.


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      samikhan4240 7 years ago from Lahore

      you explain it very well it will help me a lot in choosing the flooring of my house.

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      Cleaning in Altrincham 7 years ago

      Definitely avoid using harsh chemical floor cleaners on these sorts of floors as they will cause damage. I also agree that you should not use lots of water and that a damp cloth/mops is fine for cleaning most floors.

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      You are right Pretty, it is a lovely floor. And they are not as expensive as some other hard wood flooring boards.

      Thanks for visiting Pretty. GodBless

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      it really looks shiny and nice to step on it, maybe they are expensive here in the US? Thank you dear, Maita

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      viryabo 8 years ago

      Dark oak is such a lovely finish as well. There seems to be such a great interest in bamboo floors these days. Probably because we all seem to seek eco-friendly things nowadays.

      A few years ago (just 5 actually), i had bamboo plants almost growing wild in my garden and never knew it could be used for floors.

      Thanks habee for stopping by and leaving a nice comment.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      These floors are gorgeous. I wanted them for our new breakfast room, but hubby got a deal on dark oak. Great hub!

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      viryabo 8 years ago

      Hi Colorado Springs Carpet, Bamboo is beautiful,and as a natural, it seems to be a favourite. And as you rightly said, its easy to maintain.

      thanks for visiting and for your nice comments CSC.


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      Colorado Springs Carpet 8 years ago

      Thanks for your great information about Beautiful Bamboo. it's a very helpful for maintenance of bamboo wood floors. i think This is the natural color of the bamboo. thanks for sharing this article.

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      viryabo 8 years ago

      Awwh thats such a nice comment De Greek, Thank you for stopping by and having time to drop such kind words.


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      De Greek 8 years ago from UK

      I wish I had met you a few years back when I was redecorating :-))

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      viryabo 8 years ago

      Lee, they look wonderful if you see them installed, either if left natural or glazed, the natural elements stand out distinctly. Plus even though termed a hardwood, it looks so soft to the eyes.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for finding the time to leave a nice comment.


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      viryabo 8 years ago

      Hi G. Nice to see you as always. That makes 2 of us. I'm using it on a project i'm working on at the moment. Love it so much. Thanks for visiting and for your comments.

      Cheers and GodBless

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      viryabo 8 years ago

      Hello my dear friend Keira, nice to see you again. Thanks for your cherished visits to my hubs and your always nice comments. And i greatly appreciate your 'up' ratings. GodBless you Keira.

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      Lee Barton 8 years ago from New Mexico

      I've been hearing about bamboo as a good, renewable resource. I had no idea it would make such beautiful flooring!

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      GPAGE 8 years ago from California

      Hello V! Fantastic and informative hub. I'm a big fan of bamboo floors and I have also remodeled houses and added wooden floors to create a "bigger room" visually. Especially lighter tones.......Anyway, LOVE to learn new things. Thank you! Best, G

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      Keira7 8 years ago

      Hello my lovely friend, how are you ? I love Bamboo wood floor. It's so stylish and looks so beautiful, and also easy to clean. What I like about it its the fact that it has less dust than carpet for example :) BTW I have visit you others great hubs and rate them up. Thank you for all the very good informations. Brilliant work as always. Take care my wonderful friend. A lot of Blessing to you and all your loved ones.:D

      Your friend Keira xxx