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Eco-friendly Flooring Material - Bamboo Wood

Updated on July 14, 2017

Many may not regard bamboo as a flooring material but you will be amazed at the beauty of a floor finished with bamboo wood strips. Not unlike hardwood flooring material in appearance, bamboo wood floors are the choice of many of today’s homeowner, interior designer, architect, and builder.

Eco-friendly and highly sustainable, bamboo wood is a highly appealing alternative to the common hardwood floor, when it comes to toughness and longevity, it ranks high with hardwood like oak, mahogany, and the like. Not only that. Because of its resistance to pests and humid conditions, it has an added advantage of being an eco-friendly material.

Bamboo Plant
Bamboo Plant | Source

Probably the most popular form of bamboo wood flooring production employs the method of using slender bamboo stems that are first sliced/cut flat, and then cut to similar lengths for easy installations. Bamboo wood may be stained, varnished, or simply used in its natural form.

This beautiful wood has a great reputation as an eco-friendly and extremely renewable source of material hence its popularity as traditional style flooring but with a modern twist. And when compared to hardwood, bamboo grows considerably faster simply because the plant is a form of grass, so unlike wood trees that take decades to mature enough for felling. Its prolific growth surpasses that of any other type of wood used for flooring.

The bamboo plant can easily grow up to almost four foot high within twenty-four hours. Not only that, it may surprise you to know that within a month and a half, a bamboo tree can shoot up to almost seven feet. Remember that it is a grass family, so this should not come as a surprise.

And best of all, it requires only about 36-60 months for the plant to attain complete maturity; now compare this with hardwood trees which can take roughly two decades to over a century, depending on the tree, before they’ll ever reach full maturity.

Don’t Underestimate the Strength of Bamboo

Looking at the plant, it may be difficult to believe that this plant is tough. It is so hard-wearing it’s almost unbelievable, but it has a kind of ‘softness’ in its look.

After being ‘sliced’ into horizontal planks and installed on the smooth floor surface with the simple lock and fold system, its luxurious beauty is a great thing to behold. Plus being a natural material, it is subject to beautiful colour variations.

Bamboo flooring planks are quite easy to install and because of its hardy quality, it is suitable for use in any interior room or space in your home. However, it requires additional bonding and sealing if it is to be installed in your bathroom or kitchen.

Beautiful bamboo flooring
Beautiful bamboo flooring | Source

Flooring Variations

1. Distressed Bamboo Floors

This one of a kind and lovely bamboo flooring offers the toughness associated with strand-woven bamboo components with the elegant and spectacular appearance of a form of hand scraped surface. The bevels and curves flow smoothly through every single plank.

The unusual feature of the bamboo plank structure is constructed without using any equipment or tool. This, in turn, means that hardly any 2 planks will come out looking the same.

2. Strand Bamboo Wood Flooring

This variation of bamboo wood floors, two times as rock hard as oak, normally takes a great deal more wear than the traditional hardwood floor. It is actually crafted employing a revolutionary production system that's distinct from every other bamboo wood flooring technique of production.

Its production involves heating lengthy strips of bamboo, weaving them together and then compressing them under extreme pressure and heat. The product is flooring that is harder and denser when compared with standard bamboo wood floors.

Strand bamboo wood floors are currently amongst the hardest wood flooring products found on the market. They possess a comfy and welcoming appearance, and it is a long lasting wood floor that is wonderful for virtually any property, luxury or ordinary.

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.

Vertical Bamboo Wood Floor Type
Vertical Bamboo Wood Floor Type
Horizontal Bamboo Wood Type
Horizontal Bamboo Wood Type

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.

How to Clean Bamboo Floors

Bamboo floor cleaning calls for some special treatment. It is important that any cleaner used must not leave a residue that will hinder the existing bonding and may affect re-coating.


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Even though bamboo is a lot more resistant to moisture than the majority of hardwoods, never ever use a wet mop or even sponge to clean bamboo wood flooring. When working with any wood floor cleaner that needs mixing with water, keep to the mixing guidelines advised.

A damp cloth can be used to wipe up minor spills as long as the spot area is buffed dry immediately. Neither rub nor lightly scrub the spill or you will be massaging it into the wood pores and this can result in unsightly marks on the floor.

Heel marks, scuff marks, and stubborn stains can be cleaned off bamboo wood floors by lightly rubbing with a dry cloth and a wood floor cleaning solution.


It is pertinent that you try to 'dust mop' or use a very soft bristled floor vacuum on bamboo wood floors daily if possible.

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.

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    • viryabo profile image

      viryabo 3 years ago

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

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      Florence wright 3 years ago

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

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      viryabo 6 years ago

      Hi samik, im glad you find it informative.

      Thanks for visiting and for leaving nice comments.


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      samikhan4240 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 years ago from UK

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

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      viryabo 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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