Unfinished Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo Flooring - 2013
Unfinished Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo flooring is a very popular option among homeowners all over the world. This is partly due to the eco-friendliness of the product as well as the durability and strength of bamboo. Moreover, bamboo flooring offers a variety of options to homeowners who would like to try something unique and different on their floors. When it comes to bamboo flooring options, there are two main choices that come to mind: standard bamboo flooring and unfinished bamboo flooring.
Standard bamboo flooring is typically manufactured through a carbonization process. As a result of this process, the natural blond color that the bamboo floor originally had, is now amber. Moreover, a consequence of carbonization is it decreases the hardness of the floor. Rated as 1300 on the Janka scale, standard bamboo flooring has a slightly lower rating than unfinished bamboo flooring which has a rating of roughly 1600.
Unfinished bamboo flooring is often quoted as being the natural choice for any floor. This type of bamboo flooring is notable in that the floor has not been subjected to any carbonization or dyeing whatsoever. As such, the bamboo floor retains its natural blond color.
Homeowners who are interested in staining their own bamboo floors will find that unfinished bamboo flooring is the best suited for this purpose. The floor can be stained and sanded at any time after it has been installed.
Unfinished bamboo flooring is especially good for small or dimly-lit rooms. Owing to its bright blond color, the floor is best suited to brightening such rooms and making them appear larger than they really are. Moreover, a number of homeowners prefer unfinished bamboo flooring as it acclimates much faster than standard bamboo flooring.
Unfinished bamboo flooring stains easily. As it does not have a protective coating like standard bamboo flooring, one has to take time to properly maintain this floor type. As such, one has to be careful to quickly wipe away any spills found on the floor. A damp cloth may be used to wipe the floor as well as a gentle cleansing product.
A mixture of vinegar and water of the ratio 1:4 may be used to clean the floor. When cleaning the floor, one should avoid using strong disinfectants as these may harm your floor. If any unwanted staining occurs, you can use a sander to remove the stain.
Unfinished bamboo flooring should ideally be used in areas where the floor is not subject to too much sunlight. If left exposed to too much direct sunlight, stains may appear and the floor's shine may diminish. However, if this should occur it may be remedied through a light sanding and applying a protective coating.