Bamboo Flooring

Homeowners have often looked for wooden floors made with alternative materials not belonging to the conventional range of oak, walnut, and cherry. Bamboo flooring is widely being recognized as a great hardwood flooring for homes throughout the North American continent and not just Southeast Asian countries where it tends to be imported from. You will find that there is a diversity of options when it comes to outfitting your home with bamboo flooring, and there are many advantages to bamboo flooring that you might be interested in learning about.

What is bamboo flooring?

Bamboo flooring is made out of thin strips of bamboo that are flattened and cut to equal size. These strips are typically glued down or nailed down to larger strips of bamboo beneath the surface section to improve tightness and flatness. Bamboo has a variety of benefits, including that of being a much more environmentally friendly source of wood. Bamboo is grown very fast, as it is actually a species of grass and not wood. Bamboo can grow to its full length in less than 2 months, and the bamboo will reach full maturity in less than five years, as opposed to 10-20 years for other types of wood like oak and walnut. This means that there is a lot more bamboo available and it is and it is an easily renewable source of flooring material.

How to take care of bamboo flooring

As is the case with most types of flooring made from bio-available materials, there are a variety of things that should be done if you want to keep your floors in good condition. Bamboo floors are no exception, and should be cleaned regularly and thoroughly to avoid staining. Additional methods should be employed to ensure that the surface remains free of scratches or excess moisture buildup. In general, bamboo floors can remain in good condition for a considerable amount of time. Follow these steps to ensure maximum floor life.

  • Clean your bamboo floors with a soft and slightly damp cloth. Try to avoid using a variety of chemical cleansers on your bamboo floors, especially if they do not have a protective layer of varnish covering them.
  • Avoid scratching your bamboo flooring with pointy objects like nails or anything that could potentially scratch or gride on the surface of your bamboo floors.
  • Consider placing a doormat or a rug near the entrance of your home to ensure that as little dust and dirt as possible gets into your bamboo flooring.
  • Cover your bamboo flooring with a fresh layer of varnish every several years, to ensure that it has a steady film of protection

Where to get the best bamboo flooring

Bamboo flooring can be purchased from a wide range of manufacturers and distributors throughout Canada. In most cases the manufacturers will take care of installation for you, but it is also possible to install bamboo flooring on your own time. Some good bamboo flooring manufacturers to consider are Dansk Hardwood, K&M Silkroad, Armstrong, and Shnier, among others.

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