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Introduction to Bamboo Flooring

Considering bamboo as a flooring option? Learn about bamboo flooring and see if it’s right for you.
Introduction to Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring has been around for a while, but current technology is making bamboo flooring more versatile. Many enjoy bamboo because of its status as an eco-friendly option for hard surface floors. Some say that bamboo’s sustainability makes it superior to hardwood and other flooring options, but it’s best to consider bamboo flooring pros and cons to make sure you’re making the best choice for your home.

What You Need to Know About Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo vs. Hardwood

In a direct comparison to hardwood, there is very little difference between the two at first glance. Price, installation and maintenance are all basically the same. In terms of hardness, some bamboo can be far superior to hardwood, especially strand-woven bamboo. However, the life of bamboo is shorter than hardwood, giving owners a lifespan of 10-25 years. Hardwood floors can last for hundreds of years.

Bamboo Flooring Maintenance

Because of its similarity to hardwood, cleaning bamboo floors is the same as well: daily dusting, weekly mopping and deep cleaning/polish application every few months as needed. The finish on a bamboo floor will usually be polyurethane—making it perfect for use with Bona hard surface cleaners! Refinishing/sanding bamboo floors can be done as well, but quality is important. Low-quality bamboo flooring can be difficult, if not impossible to refinish. Floor professionals note the importance of a higher quality bamboo as it's common for low-quality bamboo flooring tear or “fuzz” when trying to refinish.

Cons of Bamboo Flooring

While there is a lot going for the use of bamboo flooring, bamboo can take a hit in the same category it’s applauded for—sustainability. While the plant is seen as sustainable, the processing and manufacture of bamboo increases its exposure to potential VOCs. Also, most bamboo is imported into the US from countries that don’t have universal grading systems. Cheaper types of bamboo can be easily dented or scratched. Bamboo can be sensitive to humidity and water damage as well.

When it comes to considering bamboo as flooring option for your home, it’s best to do your research and make sure the retailer offers quality bamboo that can have its harvesting and manufacturing practices certified by a reputable source.

Whatever hard surface floors you have, Bona offers cleaning solutions that will keep them looking great. Find the right tools to clean, shine and protect your floors.

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