Can Bamboo Flooring be Used in Laundry Rooms?


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Bamboo has become an increasingly popular flooring material in new homes as well as in renovations and can be just the thing that brings your bedroom, living room, and even your laundry room to life. But before we talk about why bamboo is a great choice for your laundry room specifically, let’s take a look at some overall benefits of bamboo flooring:

The Greener Choice

Bamboo is a fantastic option for those homeowners and business owners who are interested in going “green.” Yes, bamboo flooring is eco-friendly! Made from a tall grass and not a tree, bamboo is able to grow quickly and steadily without any need for toxic chemicals or pesticides. And, because it is able to be harvested and regenerate every 3-5 years, it is a much friendlier option than hardwood. Many of the world’s forests have been destroyed to satisfy consumer’s desire for wood products, and when you take into account hardwood trees need anywhere between 30 -100 years to regenerate, you see why bamboo is the greener choice.

Bamboo Flooring for Laundry Rooms

Although all bamboo floors offer tremendous benefits to homeowners, not all bamboo floors are created equal when it comes to standing up to water. “Classic” bamboo floors are similar to traditional hardwood floors in that they are susceptible to swelling if a major spill or leak happens in your laundry room. They are also only 1/3 the hardness of strand woven bamboo, so they dent much more easily.

Strand-woven bamboo floors, however, are more weigh more durable than Classic bamboo and they do not soak up as much moisture due to their density, so they make a much better choice. Can bamboo flooring be used in laundry rooms? Preventative care should be used when considering any hardwood floors when installing them in bathrooms or laundry rooms, but if you want wood flooring in there, strand bamboo floors are a notch above the rest.

If your washer is prone to leaking, you’ll want to consider installing engineered bamboo, which is easier to repair should you ever have water damage. Engineered flooring looks exactly the same as other bamboo floorings, but it just “floats” on the floor so it is easy to replace. It’s often available in click-together configuration, and if weekend DIYers want to learn how to install a floating bamboo floor themselves, they can save a bundle.

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Very Durable

Many assume that because bamboo is a grass it’s not as tough as hardwood floors, but that is simply not the case; bamboo is one of the most durable flooring materials on the market today.

The Janka Hardness Scale, which is used to determine the hardness of wood, rates solid bamboo flooring at the top of the hardness scale (upwards of 4,000). This means that Bamboo floors are harder than Red and White Oak, Brazillian, Northern American Maple, and just about every other wood floor on the market.

Because of its durability, bamboo is a great flooring choice for any room in the house that is subject to much wear and tear. It’s even great for families with small children and pets, although we highly recommend keeping your pet’s nails nice and trimmed.

Here’s another impressive fact about this flooring option: bamboo has a greater compressive strength than concrete and about the same strength-to-weight ratio as steel when subjected to tension. Not bad for a grass! Yet, as strong as it is, it is much kinder to your feet and legs.

Easy to Maintain

Bamboo flooring requires little maintenance and cleaning. Try a good dry sweeping or vacuuming once or twice a week and then mopping with a slightly damp mop once a month. That’s all you really need to do to keep your floors looking great. As with traditional hardwood floors, you should never slide heavy furniture across your bamboo floors without placing felt pads under the legs.

Look, no one really likes doing the laundry, so shouldn’t you at least love your laundry floors?

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