Carbonized bamboo flooring is environmentally friendly and adds elegance and natural beauty to your house. This type of flooring is manufactured through the process of carbonization during which bamboos are steamed under controlled temperature and pressure. The sugar in the bamboo fiber is broken down and turns darker, giving a delightful caramel shade to the flooring.
Types of Flooring
There are two main types of carbonized bamboo flooring: horizontal and vertical, which differ in terms of bamboo stripes alignment. In horizontal bamboo flooring, the strips are laid flat, and the top surface of the growth rings is visible. The strips in vertical flooring are laminated and turned on their sides, with the joints of the separate bamboo strips not easily distinguishable.
Advantages of Carbonized Bamboo Flooring
With its deep caramel shade, carbonized bamboo flooring provides a contemporary aesthetic to the décor. The flooring won’t attract allergens such as mites, dust and dirt and is easy to clean and maintain. Added advantages are resistance to insects and easy installation process. Bamboo floors withstand moisture and are suitable for environments with high humidity such as bathrooms. Besides these advantages, the carbonized bamboo flooring is an eco-friendly alternative to hardwood floorings.
Drawbacks of Carbonized Bamboo Floors
Among the disadvantages of this type of flooring is that it is prone to scratches and dents. Heavy furniture, in particular, may cause damage to the flooring. To prevent scratches on your bamboo floor, you may place plastic protectors beneath the legs of your pieces of furniture. To secure your floor's longevity, avoid walking over it with high heels because the floor is easily dented.
Another problematic issue is the absence of strict legislative regulation over the production process in China, the major exporter of carbonized bamboo floorings. It is believed that some toxic substances may be involved in the manufacturing of bamboo floors. They may contain dangerous level of formaldehyde, which is used in the production of most bamboo floorings. Good research on the manufacturer and products is essential prior to the installation of a carbonized bamboo floor.
Cleaning and Maintenance
It is best to use a soft mop for regular cleaning, the same way you would clean a hardwood floor. Don’t employ scratch pads and strong chemicals. You may use water for excessive dirt but make sure it doesn’t stay on the flooring. Similar to other wooden products, water may make the wood swell. Waxing is not required, but you may varnish the bamboo floor every couple of years. Varnish all high traffic areas of your house in order to preserve the natural luster of the bamboo flooring.
Strand Woven Bamboo
Carbonized bamboo floors are a bit softer than other hardwood floors. To prevent scratching, carbonized and natural bamboo may be woven together, achieving an exotic look. The bamboo strips are coated and heat is used to compress them. The bamboo flooring becomes stronger and harder, with its life considerably elongated.