All About Bamboo: Style, Color and Maintenance

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Bamboo is a grass, making it an environmentally sustainable flooring choice. When it is cut down, more grows back! Bamboo reaches full hardness after three to six years, and Lumber Liquidators’ Morning Star is aged around 4 years. There are so many style and color options, making a decision can be confusing. This post will give you some things to consider, show you different style options, and teach you the difference between types of bamboo so when you’re ready to purchase you’ll know exactly what you’re getting!

Things to Consider

 1. Technically bamboo is a grass, not a wood.

2. Radiant flooring can be used under bamboo if surface temperatures do not exceed 85 degrees.

3. It is twice as hard as oak!

  Bamboo hardness

 Bamboo, like all wood floorings, can show signs of denting and surface scratching which is not covered by any manufacturer’s warranty. Like a new car, floor maintenance and the prevention of surface scratching and denting is an ongoing process!

Styles

Three common constructions of bamboo are horizontal, vertical and strand woven.

Horizontal– Pieces are arranged and laminated side by side flatways.

Types horizontal
 

Vertical– Pieces are stood upright on edge and then laminated.

Types vertical

Strand/Woven– Created from waste strips of horizontal or vertical cuts, coated with resinous glues and compressed into boards with heat. This process significantly increases the overall strength of the material compared to other bamboo styles.

  Types strand or woven

Colors

Bamboo flooring was originally available in only natural and carbonized colors. These colors come from the manufacturing process.

Carbonized bamboo is boiled for long periods of time until the material darkens.

Morning Star Strand Carbonized Bamboo
Morning Star Strand Carbonized Bamboo

Natural (non-carbonized) bamboo is boiled just enough to remove the starch and sugar, so it keeps its blonde color.

Morning Star Strand Natural Bamboo
Morning Star Strand Natural Bamboo

 Now, there are other color options, such as black or red.

Maintenance

Sweep or vacuum regularly. Dust and dirt can scratch the finish of the floor.

Place mats with non-rubber backs at every entrance of your home to keep dirt out.

Clean up spills immediately to keep liquid from permanently staining the floor.

Check your warranty to see if a specific cleaner needs to be used.

Use chair and furniture pads to protect the floor. We recommend fabric or felt.

Rotate furniture and rugs periodically to produce a more even color and keep bamboo from fading in sunlight.

High heeled shoes and dragging heavy furniture can permanently damage bamboo with dents.

Have a question about bamboo that wasn’t answered? Ask us here! Save up to 40% on select bamboos until January 7!

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