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Bamboo Flooring in Burnaby Supplying Greater Vancouver BC

Environmentally, bamboo is an excellent flooring choice as it is highly renewable. Unlike wood, which grows slowly, bamboo is a grass and can grow at rapid rates; it’s root system is also undamaged during harvesting so it does not need to be replanted. Furthermore, bamboo requires no irrigation, fertilizers or pesticides.

Bamboo Flooring Complete Overview
Bamboo Floor Visually, bamboo is similar to hardwood, but it has some benefits which make it a great alternative to regular wood flooring. It is resistant to moisture and insects, and is very strong and durable.

Bamboo flooring is available in Solid and Engineered form to suit any method of installation recomended to your floor i.e floating, gluedown or nail down applications.

Hardness Range

(1180 carbonized) to (1380 natural)in(Janka Ball Test).

Colours

Bamboo flooring comes in two main colours:

  • Natural (similar to beech);
  • Carbonized (similar to oak);
  • Also available in wide variation of prefinish colours similar to hardwood finish colors.

Orientation

The planks of bamboo flooring are available with either a vertical or a horizontal grain orientation:

  • Vertical planks are made by standing bamboo pieces on their narrowest edge and press laminating them side by side, which, from a distance, can look very similar to many hardwood floors.
  • Horizontal floors are made with the bamboo pieces arranged on their widest edge, allowing the characteristic bamboo nodes to be visible throughout the planks, which creates a more distinguished appearance.

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Bamboo Floor Maintenance
Keeping your bamboo floor clean and free of dust and grit is important, as walking on a dirty floor may damage its finish. Placing mats or rugs at exterior doorways, kitchens, hallways or other high traffic areas will prevent excess dirt from reaching your floor and prevents repeated exposure which wears it down. Mats may also be placed in the laundry room or bathroom to protect against spills. These mats should be colorfast and non-scratch, and should be vacuumed or shaken out regularly.

Another way to protect your floor is to place felt pads on the legs of your furniture, which should be replaced periodically if they become dirty or worn down. Never slide furniture across the surface of your floor, even if it does have felt pads, as this can cause them to slip off and cause damage to your floor. Furthermore, wheels on furniture should have wide plastic casters, as narrow or metal casters may cause dents or scratches in your floor. It is also important to avoid walking with stiletto heels or outdoor shoes on your bamboo floor, as rocks and gravel stuck in your shoes may scratch the surface of the floor, and pointy heels will cause dents.

Bamboo is subject to seasonal contraction and expansion. To maintain relative humidity in the home, a dehumidifier or humidifier may be used to maintain the moisture level in the bamboo and help to minimize cracks in between planks. Humidity in the home should be kept between 30-50%, as prolonged excessive humidity could cause the floor to swell, and prolonged lack of humidity could cause the planks to shrink or the bamboo strips to crack.

As a reminder, to keep your floor in good condition:

  • Keep your floor clean of grit and dust;
  • Place mats in high traffic areas, at exterior doorways, and in places where spills may occur;
  • Put felt pads on the legs of all furniture;
  • Avoid metal or narrow wheel castors;
  • Avoid wearing stiletto heels or outdoor shoes when walking on your floor;
  • Maintain relative humidity.

The preceding information is generic and presented only as a guide. Any damage resulting from failure to follow recommendations will not be covered under warranty.

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Routine Cleaning of Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo flooring is no harder to maintain than most other flooring types. Similar to hardwood, a broom, dry mop, no brush vacuum cleaner are the best ways to deal with dirt and dust. If desired, a slightly dampened mop may be used to clean your bamboo floor.

Bamboo is more resistant to moisture than most wood flooring, but wet mops or sponges should still never be used. Food and drink spills may be wiped up using a wrung-out cloth, and this area should dry immediately; water should not remain on the surface of your floor, as this will cause damage. Scuffmarks and tough stains may be removed with a wood floor cleaner and a non-abrasive cloth. Abrasive cleaners or scouring pads such as steel wool will cause damage to bamboo flooring and should not be used.

Any hardwood cleaners are appropriate for bamboo flooring, so long as they do not leave any residue that would interfere with re-coating and bonding. Always follow the directions on the label of your floor cleaner.

Over time, urethane finishes show evidence of wear, mainly in the form of surface scratches. If certain areas begin to look dull, it is time to reapply or restore the finish of your bamboo floor. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to determine how to best refinish your floor.

As a reminder, here is how to properly clean and care for your floor:

  • Regularly vacuum, sweep or dry mop your floor to keep it clean from dirt, dust and grit;
  • Clean your floor with a slightly damp mop and regular floor cleaner (non-wax and non-toxic);
  • Remove spills immediately with a soft, damp cloth, ensuring the area dries quickly;
  • Remove tough stains and scuffmarks with a non-abrasive cloth and wood floor cleaner.

What Not To Do:

  • Do not wax your floor;
  • Do not use a sponge or wet mop to clean your floor, as too much water could cause your floor to swell;
  • Do not allow any liquid, including floor cleaner, to remain for a long period of time on your floor;
  • Do not use abrasive scouring pads such as steel wool. Furthermore, do not use scouring powder, abrasive cleaners, strong detergents, or oil soap to clean your bamboo floor;
  • Do not allow the buildup of dirt, grit, or sand on your floor;
  • Do not vacuum using a beater bar.

Again, the proceeding information is generic and presented only as a guide. Any damage resulting from failure to follow recommendations will not be covered under warranty.

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