Types of Bamboo Wood Floors and How to Maintain Them
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you are going to use a broom to clean, sweep with one that has fine soft bristles.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- If you are planning to use a wood floor cleaner that requires mixing with water, ensure you keep to the mixing guidelines advised.
- 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.
- Do not try to 'dust mop' or use a bristled floor brush to clean bamboo floors.
- 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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