Natural strand woven parquet bamboo flooring

Alternative Materials for Flooring: BAMBOO FLOORING

Bamboo flooring is quickly becoming a popular alternative to hardwood flooring for both domestic and commercial use. A bamboo floor is a type of flooring manufactured from the bamboo plant. Bamboo has been used as an alternative for flooring because of its physical similarities to true hardwoods. Bamboo floor manufacturers and sellers promote its strength, durability, its eco-friendliness and its natural resistance to insects and moisture. The majority of today’s bamboo flooring products originate in China and other portions of Asia. Moso bamboo is the species most commonly used for flooring.

 

Bamboo is an eco-friendly, highly renewable source of material. As a grass, bamboo grows much faster than wood. Moso Bamboo is the primary species used for the manufacturing of flooring and plywood. Moso bamboo can grow up to 119 cm in 24 hours and 24 m high in 40 to 50 days. It takes about 3 – 5 years for bamboo to reach full maturity. Traditional hard woods can take 20 – 120 years to mature.

 

How to install bamboo flooring?

click fit system bamboo flooring

click fit system bamboo flooring

Most engineered and solid strand woven bamboo floors have a click fit system, which makes the installation process more straight forward.  The planks of bamboo have been specially designed with interlocking joints which means that they can be clicked and locked together easily, without the need for glue, nails or screws.  The joints click together with a tight and secure fit which provides a gapless and smooth floor.

 

During the manufacturing process the bamboo has been left in its natural state, which gives beautiful golden and blonde tones.  The parquet blocks themselves have been made by weaving strands of bamboo fibres together.  This gives the flooring additional strength and durability and it has been scientifically tested to be over twice as hard as Oak.  The blocks of bamboo have also been finished with protective coats of anti-slip lacquer with a matt appearance.  Another benefit of this amazing floor is that it is compatible with underfloor heating systems.

 

How to maintain bamboo flooring?

bamboo flooring installed in living room

bamboo flooring installed in living room

Like most hardwood floors, bamboo floors should be treated carefully. When mopping, it is best to use a dust mop to remove the dust and grime. A stiff bristled broom can be used to remove more stubborn dirt from the crevices of the floor. Wet mops should be avoided on the bamboo flooring. When it is necessary to mop the floor, wring the mop out thoroughly to prevent any extra water from being released onto the floor. Cleaning detergents should be checked to make sure that they are safe for hard wood floors before they are added to the mop water. Many detergents contain a waxing agent which will dull the color of the flooring and leave behind a filmy glaze.

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