The Benefits of Bamboo FlooringFor many people, bamboo is thought of as one of nature’s miracle plants. Flexible and elastic, yet firm, bamboo represents a fascinating mixture of characteristics that has come to symbolize dependability, endurance and longevity in some cultures. But Bamboo’s allure also stems from its status as the fastest growing plant on earth. After being cut, the root of the bamboo stalk stays in the ground, and the bamboo plant grows back to its previous height in just three and a half to seven years! Then, it’s ready to be cut again. For some perspective on just how fast that is, consider that an oak tree can take more than 120 years to be strong enough to be harvested for wood!
History of Bamboo Flooring
In Western society, people also appreciate bamboo, but for different reasons. Aside from its beauty, bamboo has captivated Westerners with with its diverse range of use: bamboo is easily adapted for use in buildings, furniture, crafts, decorative arts, musical instruments–the list goes on. Bamboo has become especially popular as a building material, particularly among people accustomed to hardwood floors. Indeed, with its warmth, rich color and great appearance, bamboo is an exceptional material for floors.
While brick, concrete, and steel are also recognized as durable building materials, they are much heavier and more costly to produce and transport. Bamboo, on the other hand, is versatile, sustainable and a cost-effective form of flooring. Indeed, bamboo has become the floor of choice for many eco-conscience people interested in either constructing new homes or fixing up old ones.
Natural Shade or Carbonized Shade?
Bamboo flooring comes in two colors. There is the “natural” shade, which is a creamy color; this type of bamboo flooring makes rooms seem brighter and larger because of its light color. The other shade is called “carbonized” bamboo flooring, which is a dark caramel color.
But regardless of how a bamboo floor has been finished, there are some simple steps that should be taken to preserve its beauty. Start by using a lightly damp mop with a no-wax floor cleaner prepared specifically for hardwood floors. After that has been taken care of, make sure to vacuum or sweep the floor with a soft bristle broom to keep the floor clean from dirt and dust.
Remember: Bamboo is perfect for your home, but only if you know how to take care of it. By taking proper care of your bamboo floors, you not only contribute to the beauty of your home, but to the beauty of your life.
Get a free estimate on eco-friendly bamboo floors installed in your Monroe County, MI home or office by calling (734) 243-3502 today and speaking with a pro at Finishers Unlimited.
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