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 bamboo offers:

The Greener Choice

Bamboo is a fantastic option for those homeowners and business owners who are interested in going “green.” 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 options 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 tostanding up to water. “Classic” bamboo floors are similar to traditional hardwood floors in that they are susceptible to swelling should a major spill or leak happen in your laundry room, and they are also only 1/3rd the hardness of strand woven bamboo, so they dent much more easily. Strand-woven bamboo floors are more durable than Classic bamboo and they do not soak up as much moisture due to their density, so they present a much better choice.  Preventative care should be used when considering any hardwood 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 but it just “floats” on the floor, so it is easy to replace.  It’s often available in click-together configuration, which means even weekend DIYers can tackle the installation themselves, saving 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), which means bamboo floors are harder than Red and White Oak, Brazillian and 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, though 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. A good dry sweeping or vacuuming once or twice a week, and mopping with a slightly damp mop once a month is 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 floors?

Categories: Flooring, Green Living, Home Improvement, Interior Decorating

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