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What are the benefits of bamboo flooring?
Sales of bamboo flooring have grown substantially over the past few years, and It is easy to see why. Bamboo is attractive, affordable, durable, available in dozens of colours, and it is also grown and harvested in an environmentally responsible manner.
Bamboo looks like wood, feels like wood, and cuts like wood. It even smells like wood. And it's much denser than most hardwoods, including maple and oak, which makes it ideal for flooring. But bamboo isn’t wood—it is a type of grass. And because it is grass, bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world. Bamboo can be harvested after just four or five years. By comparison, it can take as much as 30 to 50 years before hardwood trees can be made into flooring. Plus, bamboo regenerates after cutting, and the same plant can be harvested again just four or five years later.
Here are some other benefits of bamboo flooring for your home:
Bamboo is widely available
Bamboo is cheaper than many hardwoods
Bamboo is strong and durable
Bamboo is versatile and adaptable
Bamboo is quick and easy to install
How should I clean my bamboo floor?
Cleaning bamboo flooring is relatively easy as the material is naturally quite hard and more resistant to water damage than similar hardwood floors. However, there are regular maintenance tasks that should be performed periodically if you want to keep the bamboo flooring looking its best.
Regular maintenance tasks: The main cause for deterioration of a bamboo floor is the tiny particles of dirt and sand that are tracked into the room from people’s shoes. When these tiny particles are walked on, they can dig down into the finish of the floor causing dents, divots or even scratches, giving the bamboo a faded look. Regular sweeping of the floor with a soft broom or dry mop is recommended.
If your bamboo floor has become dirty: While most hardwood floor cleaners can be used on a bamboo floor, you should make sure that anything you use is non-alkaline, non-abrasive, and is not a floor wax. You should also avoid using oil soap or scouring powder. If you are unsure of which cleaning product to use, check with your Carpet Court outlet where the staff will be happy to advise you.
Natural alternative: Some people prefer to use only natural products when cleaning their bamboo floor, and if that is your preference, you can use 4 tablespoons of white vinegar in a litre of water. Dampen a cloth or mop with this solution to clean your bamboo floor but do not get the floor overly wet, and make sure any excess water is wiped away.
Can bamboo flooring be used in a bathroom?
There are various types of bamboo flooring, including solid bamboo, strand woven bamboo and engineered bamboo. Engineered bamboo planks are extremely durable and ideal for wet environments. The construction involves slicing bamboo stalks thinly and then glueing them to a backing material, creating a veneer that is sandwiched between waterproof wear layers. Engineered flooring looks quite similar to solid bamboo but is far more durable and easy to maintain. Although bamboo floors are much more suitable for bathrooms than hardwood floors, you should still protect them from spills and ensure that you have some mats around the shower or basin to ensure that your bamboo bathroom floor will last.
How durable are bamboo floors?
Bamboo is a unique and eco-conscious material that is durable, affordable, and looks equally great in modern or traditional spaces. It is a highly durable flooring choice for any location subjected to extensive usage and can stand up very well to the abrasion caused by children and pets. It is tough enough to resist the impact of falling objects in the kitchen, as well as in high traffic areas such as living rooms and hallways. When compared to standing on hardwood or concrete, legs, feet, and knees do not experience as much strain and stress while standing on bamboo.
How hard is bamboo flooring?
The Janka Hardness Scale, which is used to determine the hardness and strength of particular species of wood, rates bamboo higher than both Red and White Oaks, Caribbean and North American Walnut, and Brazilian and North American Maple, among others. As with all flooring, there will be differences between brands and manufacturers. Check with your nearest Carpet Court flooring retailer about the various choices of bamboo flooring available to you, and make sure you check the warranty details to see what you can expect from your floor and how to treat it for best and long-lasting results.
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