The trend towards bamboo flooring continues

Bamboo as a material for parquet flooring has many advantages. It not only looks attractive, but also impresses with its properties. We have summarized the most important aspects for you.

Bamboo - an ideal material

Bamboo is not wood, it is a type of grass. Nevertheless, it has a special hardness and resilience that is superior to many woods. Bamboo hardly swells or shrinks with fluctuations in humidity, which is why no open joints form during the cold season.

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The reason for the reduced "work" when exposed to moisture is the high proportion of inorganic substances in the material, especially the silicates. Due to its special composition, bamboo parquet is also largely suitable for rooms with underfloor heating.

Little buying guide: what to look out for?

The prices for bamboo parquet are often far below that of rosewood, teak or olive wood. For a better price comparison, it is best to pay attention to the square meter prices when shopping, not to the price per package. A recommendable supplier of high-quality goods is www.bamboo

Surface treatment

Bamboo parquet is usually supplied with a pre-treated surface, which saves DIYers time during processing. These variants are possible:

  • Sanded or brushed surface: still needs to be treated with oil / wax / varnish
  • lacquered surface: particularly easy to care for, but prevents the material from "breathing "
  • Oiled or waxed surface: particularly natural, for an improved room climate

Oiled and waxed surfaces require regular post-treatment, depending on how worn they are. Lacquer usually lasts longer: if this moisture-resistant seal has worn off after many years, it is often necessary to sand it off.

Color scheme: what fits in the room?

Bamboo parquet has a multitude of color nuances; the use of oil, wax or varnish darkens the color. So if you still have to provide your sanded bamboo parquet with a protective layer, you should take the color change into account.

In its natural state, bamboo parquet has a light but warm wood tone. The sugar contained in the material is caramelized through a special steaming process, the result is a deep brown tone. The third alternative is a fresh coffee color.

Vertical and horizontal structure

Bamboo parquet is offered with a horizontal or vertical structure. In the case of a vertical structure, the bamboo slats are pressed against one another on edge, creating particularly narrow lines. The surface structure seems more lively and finer overall.

Vertically pressed bamboo has the "typical" bamboo grain. It appears a bit coarser and stronger than with the horizontal structure. However, both variants have that "certain something": Which you choose is a matter of taste.

Maintain the bamboo flooring properly

The following applies to all bamboo surfaces, whether oiled or sealed: Do not use a steam cleaner and avoid puddles in any case. Aggressive household cleaners are also not recommended.

Clean oiled bamboo parquet

  • Before cleaning with a damp cloth, first vacuum off coarse dirt to avoid scratches
  • Use wood floor soap to remove stains
  • Use soft cotton cloths, microfibres damage the surface
  • Wring out the cloth well, wipe with a damp cloth
  • Treat regularly with hard wax

Clean the lacquered bamboo flooring

  • Do not damage the seal to prevent water from entering
  • wipe with a damp cloth
  • Do not use microfibers or steel wool despite the protective coating
Tips & Tricks You should be particularly careful in the first ten days after laying the parquet, the floor must now come to rest. An initial damp cleaning should only be carried out afterwards.