Bamboo is actually a type of grass, but floors made from the bamboo plant are very popular nowadays. Moso bamboo is the species mostly used for flooring purposes. The origin of most of today’s bamboo hardwood flooring products is China and other parts of Asia.
The benefits of bamboo hardwood flooring
Certain types of bamboo floors are hard, strong and durable. It has a natural resistance to insects and moisture. The cost of bamboo hardwood flooring is comparable to the other hardwood floors. However, it is best to avoid opting for very cheap bargain material. They are usually low quality throwaways. Moreover, bamboo floors are very trendy, and they can instantly lend a classy, ineffable feel to the house.
Above all, bamboo flooring is eco-friendly. The bamboo plant is highly renewable, and grows very fast. In fact, the Moso bamboo can grow up to 119 centimetres in 24 hours. Also, it can be harvested without needing to replant, because its root system helps the plant to reproduce vegetatively.
Types of bamboo hardwood flooring
There are different types of bamboo hardwood flooring, and each one differs in its manufacturing process. In South East Asia, flat bamboo wood pieces are fused together to make the flooring. This is usually used in stilt houses. In North American markets, a highly processed from of bamboo flooring is available. Locking bamboo flooring is also available, and it is the easiest to install. In this, each flooring plank has an interlocking link that clicks neatly with that of another plank.
Maintenance of bamboo hardwood flooring
Careful maintenance is needed for bamboo flooring. Scratches and marks can be made if rough and hard stuff is used on a bamboo floor. When mopping, using a dust mop is best, to remove grime and dust. If it is really necessary to mop the floor, it is best to use a thoroughly wrung mop, to prevent any water being released onto the floor.
If you have to use cleaning detergents, make sure that they are safe to use on hard wood floors. Some detergents contain wax that makes the floor colour dull, and leave a filmy glaze on the floor. In fact you can make your own bamboo floor cleaning liquid at home. You just have to mix ¼ cup of white vinegar and a quart of water, to make this bamboo cleaner.