Bamboo Flooring Problems

There are some problems with bamboo flooring than you expect and these problems come out in several points, including manufacturing, moisture, finishing etc. As a consumer, it is better to know them before buying and installation. Prevention is better than cure after all so before bamboo flooring problems could occur, be ready for it, or prevent it as best you can.

High Expectations
  • Consumers are guided to expect so much from the material by overselling salespeople. Bamboo flooring is durable and beautiful, and you can rely on its toughness. However, I advice you not to believe everything commercials say because if you would expect too much, you might not be able to properly take care of your bamboo flooring.
Manufacturing Problems
  • Other bamboo floor problems stem from low quality manufacturers. They use inferior materials or the way they do things are plain sloppy. I know earning profits is good but please, quality product should be the top of the matter. With low quality materials or sloppy manufacturing work, bamboo flooring problems like contractions, expansions, imperfections visually, and inconsistencies are sure to occur. A bamboo floor should be engineered properly or it would be no bamboo floor at all. Also, be aware that some manufacturers out there do not have a proper quality control system.
Maintenance Problems
  • A bamboo floor can produce problems for you later on if you do not maintain it properly. As I said, if you were oversold with the product, you would tend to be negligent about it. There are a lot of maintenance guides out there. I strongly recommend that you be aware of these. Also, over maintenance can also become a problem. If you are being paranoid about it and keep cleaning your bamboo floor, then the harmful chemicals from the cleaning agent you are using will cause damages. So just be careful always.
Moisture and Finishing
  • Bamboo is usually found in areas that have a tropical climate. Because of this, bamboo has built in resistance to water. Still, do not be overconfident about this. You should keep track of the moisture level in the room where your bamboo flooring is. I do not mean for you to buy gadgets to measure room temperature and moisture content, nothing overly dramatic really. Just be mindful about it. Also, stains are common bamboo floor problems. Too much moisture can make bamboo expand or contract. I advise you to coat your bamboo flooring with extra polyurethane or probably wax. This will prevent stains and keep the bamboo flooring shiny.
DIY and Installation
  • Perhaps you plan to install the floor yourself as a DIY or home project? There are several methods of fitting floors so if you are keen on DIY, the option of installing the bamboo floor yourself is possible. See How to Install Bamboo Flooring section for tips. Get as much information as possible prior to laying the floor and you can avoid future problems.

Knowing the potential problems, it will help you analyze what real bamboo flooring is, what kind of quality bamboo flooring should be. In Bothbest, we only manufacture top and consistent quality bamboo flooring for our customers, we use computerized machines and eco-friendly glue and coating.

Three important tips to extend the life of your bamboo flooring
  • Keep room dry: Bamboo flooring is being dried in production to reduce the shrink and swell of size, but bamboo is a real natural material. Bamboo flooring can swell or shrink in wet or dry room. Open the window to make the room air exchanging with outside, this is best way to control the room moisture.
  • Do not damage the surface of bamboo: Bamboo flooring has finishing on surface and the finishing is anti-scratch. It can protect bamboo out of small damage, but not big damage, like deep scratching, high heel shoes or movement of furniture without any protection at the feet.
  • Clean bamboo correctly: You can vacuum the dirt on bamboo and clean bamboo with a mop, also wax bamboo every 2-3 months.