Bamboo Flooring Basics: All You Need To Know

Bamboo floors have gained a lot of popularity in the past years. The fact that bamboo is easy to harvest and only takes up to six years to mature, makes it a perfect choice in the building industry. Bamboo is also easy to clean, ecologically-friendly, resistant and hypo-allergenic. However, there are more factors you have to take into account before deciding to install bamboo flooring in your home. There are different kinds of bamboo flooring, depending on the plants themselves, which determine the hardness and colour of the flooring. Here is all you have to know about bamboo flooring, including the different types, cleaning and maintenance.

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Bamboo Flooring Basics: All You Need To Know
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There are several advantages bamboo has. It's easy to get since it can be found in many places in the world, especially in China, and it can grow basically anywhere – from hot climates to cool mountainsides. It doesn't need much time to grow and mature and it's as hard as other hardwood, sometimes even harder. It's environmentally friendly and extremely easy to clean, which makes it better for your health as well. Bamboo is also cheaper and it looks great in a house. There are so many advantages, it's hard not to want to have bamboo flooring in your home.

Horizontal grain bamboo is one of the types. It's made of bamboo layers that are laminated on top of one another in a way that shows the rings and the natural growth of the bamboo. Vertical grain bamboo is another kind, which differs from the horizontal one for the fact bamboo pieces are laminated to the side and not on top. The second type is a bit stronger. Another extremely durable kind is strand-style bamboo flooring. It's made of long strands that are compressed and flat.
Bamboo flooring comes in different colours as well. Colour depends on the heat bamboo is being treated to. It can vary from dark, referred to as 'carbonised', to light smoky colours, called 'blond'. Darker shades are a bit more delicate. But bamboo is a hard material in general anyway.

Cleaning And Maintenance
Luckily, bamboo floors are very easy to clean. Cleaning with a damp mop is more than enough but you have to make sure you don't wet the floor too much, so that you don't damage it. Clean wet spills immediately, using a soft cloth and avoid walking on the bamboo floor in high-heels. In order to prolong the life of your bamboo floor, clean it regularly. Another good idea is to place door mats, felt pads under table and chairs' legs and carpets on the floor. Avoid using very strong cleaning products that might damage the surface. Also, prevent direct sunlight on the bamboo floor.

There are many good reasons to choose bamboo floors for your house. All we want from a floor is to be durable, good-looking and easy to clean. Bamboo flooring gives us even more than this. It's environmentally-friendly, extremely resistant and it doesn't need any chemical cleaning products to be cleaned with. It's easy to maintain and it brings a beautiful cosy touch to your place, making it look unique and warm. It's also easy to install, cheaper in comparison to other wooden floors and it fits perfectly every kind of interior.

July Minor
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