8 Bamboo Flooring Problems to Avoid

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While bamboo is considered a smart, eco-friendly flooring choice, bamboo flooring has problems that can be challenging. Most of these problems, however, can be avoided with proper selection, installation, and care. Here are eight common bamboo flooring problems and how to avoid them.

1. Warping

Warping or distortion of bamboo occurs when it is exposed to moisture for an extended period of time. Keep the floor dry at all times to avoid this problem.

2. Cracking

Though bamboo flooring is so durable, it is not resistant to all kinds of abuse. It is important to remember that high heeled shoes can exert a lot of concentrated force on the floor. In such situations, bamboo flooring may crack under the pressure. It is best to avoid wearing heavy shoes or sharp, damaged footwear of any kind.

3. Fading

Bamboo flooring can fade in color if it is consistently exposed to sunlight. If the furniture is placed in certain spots and never moved, the fading occurs in patches. For this reason, it is advisable to restrict exposure to harsh sunlight. Also, furniture must be moved around regularly so that the natural fading takes place at a more even rate.

4. Swelling

When exposed to moisture, bamboo flooring can absorb it, which leads to the weakening of the material. The bamboo can swell and sag in places. To avoid this problem, you must never allow moisture to accumulate on the bamboo flooring. Always wipe up spills immediately. Protect wet areas with rugs that do not have rubber backs, as these materials can cause discoloration. When you mop the floor, use a mop that is slightly damp.

5. Change of Color

If you use generic cleaners or chemicals on the bamboo flooring, it will start to lose its natural color and stain. Always follow manufacturer recommendations on the floor cleaner. Never apply cleaning materials directly on the floor. Apply small, diluted quantities of cleaner on a mop and then clean the bamboo flooring.

6. Scratches

Scratches on bamboo flooring are usually the result of dust particles, outdoor footwear, and furniture. Keep rugs near the doors to your home, so that most of the dirt and dust is trapped there. Never wear outdoor shoes on bamboo flooring. Always cover the base of furniture with pads so that no marks are left on the floor. Never drag furniture around. If you have to move furniture, place it on a thick, soft rug while moving it, or carry it.

7. Emissions of Toxins

The manufacturing process of bamboo flooring may not adhere to stringent safety guidelines, especially when it is produced abroad. The use of toxic sealants and glues can result in toxic emissions from the bamboo flooring. An example of such toxic ingredients is formaldehyde, which is known for its toxicity. To avoid this problem, only purchase your bamboo flooring from a reputable manufacturer.

8. Loss of Finish

Proper sealing of the bamboo flooring is very important. Low-quality sealant or finish can peel off prematurely and leave the bamboo exposed.