People rarely consider their health when they purchase flooring (or most other things that they don’t put into their bodies), but luckily the flooring industry does.
This is especially great if you have someone living with you who:
- has asthma or other breathing difficulties
- is a child
- is pregnant
- is elderly
- has a compromised immune system
It’ll make you sneeze less
Hardwood and bamboo flooring is actually proven to reduce allergens in your house because the rigidness and smoothness of the floors means that dust and mites (the two most common irritants) have nowhere to hide.
This is good everywhere in the house, but especially in the kitchen because who wants dust or sneezing people around food?
It won’t affect your breathing
There are some strange rumors going around that bamboo floors contain formaldehyde and are perilous to human health, but luckily this isn’t true! There are several brands on the market that are completely safe.
While it is true that bamboo flooring manufacturers use trace amounts of phenol-formaldehyde resin during the manufacturing process, it’s on par with the levels used in household furniture and cleaning products, and not harmful to humans.
Look for brands that meet the CARB Phase 2 standard, the most strict indoor air standard around.
What should I look for?
The big three to look out for when choosing a brand are:
A FEW OTHER BENEFITS OF INSTALLING BAMBOO
These benefits don’t specifically relate to the use of bamboo flooring in kitchens but it’s still important to know for anyone considering it.
It’s really eco-friendly
Bamboo is an incredibly green material to use for production of flooring and furnishings, because it is a fast-growing and renewable plant.
You see bamboo stalks are ready to harvest after just 5 years and you don’t need to uproot the plant in order to do so. Because bamboo is a grass, it can continue to grow from the same root over and over again, without a drop in quality. It’s just like mowing your lawn.
Compare this with hardwood trees, which can take 30-60 years to fully mature, cannot regrow from the tree stump, and can dramatically affect the security of the surrounding earth when uprooted. Plus, it was probably some poor little bird’s home.
It’s very affordable
Because bamboo takes much less labor and materials to produce, it can cost two-thirds less than traditional hardwood making it better for your bank balance. Another benefit is that the ability to refinish the floor and overall durability of the material will save you money as time goes on.
It can also add a lot of value to your home, should you ever want to sell.
It’s versatile and attractive
Not only do the hardwearing and water-resistant properties of bamboo flooring mean that it’s a perfect addition to any room of the house, but you can also make bamboo flooring fit in with any color scheme or style of décor by changing the texture and finish.
Want a more traditional kitchen? Get bamboo that has been heated to ‘caramelize’ the fibers and make it darker. Also, try a rougher finish to give it an aged look.
Looking for a sleek modern vibe? Keep the finish light and the texture smooth.
A low maintenance option
There is virtually no upkeep to bamboo floors, so unlike your college roommate who insisted they were really ‘chill’, this is a really low maintenance product. This means it’s perfect for busy people who want good-looking houses without the stress.
Interested in learning more about bamboo flooring and if it’s right for your house? Look around our site and check out some more articles to find out.