What is hand scraped wood flooring?


If you love the look and feel of hardwood flooring but you’re looking for something a little bit rustic or different, then hand scraped flooring might be the ideal flooring for you.

Nowadays “hand scraping” is actually a machining technique used to make new wood look distressed and antiqued. Before machined wood planks came along, wood planks were hand-sawn, which often left the wood uneven and irregular in size. Later, wood tools were invented to help make wood flooring look more level and with fewer imperfections. Ironically, now the hand scraped technique is used to make bamboo and wood flooring look like a more worn antiqued bamboo flooring with added character.

Handscraped bamboo flooring is a common upgrade when renovating early 21st century homes. Even though this look uses new wood, it complements the heritage of the home by mirroring the charm of an older floor. It also goes very nicely in contemporary homes.

Benefits and examples of hand scraped wood flooring

One of the key benefits of the hand scraping process is that the technique can be used with many different types of wood and colors of wood. For example, Ambient’s coffee-colored hand scraped bamboo flooring takes you back to an old-world coffeehouse. This stranded bamboo wide plank flooring is a rich mahogany color, hand scraped for a traditional, vintage look. It’s also an easy-to-install tongue and groove flooring that can be nailed or glued down (read more about nailing vs gluing vs floating a bamboo floor).

Another example is Ambient’s Java hand scraped extra-wide bamboo flooring. This flooring is an engineered strand bamboo snap-together floor. Because it is engineered, it’s a perfect flooring choice for the whole house including the basement, kitchen, and laundry room.

Java Hand Scraped Wood Flooring

Engineered Java Hand Scraped Wood Flooring by Ambient Bamboo Floors

Other benefits:

  • Low maintenance – Hand scraped flooring does not require any additional or unique maintenance: Simply care for the flooring type just as you would if it was not hand scraped.
  • Unique look – Hand scraped flooring gives you a unique, old-world look without using old wood.
  • Durability – Handscraped flooring (especially stranded bamboo) is ideal for high traffic areas in your home where you’ll likely find kids, pets, or maybe even a clumsy cook because of the imperfect surface style hides dents and dings.  If you get a strand bamboo floor you’re getting the densest flooring on the market so it makes it an even tougher flooring choice.

Is this flooring more expensive than traditional wood flooring?

Any wood flooring is an investment. However, choosing a wood flooring you love and will enjoy for many, many years is a great investment! And while hand scraped flooring adds work to the manufacturing process, it is only moderately more expensive.

On average, hand scraped floors tend to be around 10%-20% more expensive than their flat/smooth counterparts.

How do you clean hand scraped wood floors?

For routine cleaning of your bamboo/wood floor, any approved hardwood floor cleaning system such as Bam-Brite Hardwood and Bamboo Floor Cleaner, Swiffer WetJet for hardwood floors, or Bona Hardwood Cleaning System will work.  Avoid using vinegar frequently to clean your floor as this can dull the finish over time.

When you first install your flooring, save a few planks for testing cleaning supplies on later. Later, if you ever have a doubt as to what type of cleaner will work on your floors, here’s a tip. You can use these planks to test the new cleaner on first to ensure it doesn’t damage the finish.

Clean hand scraped wood floors in three easy steps:

  1. Use a good broom or dry microfiber mop to remove excess dirt and debris from your floor.
  2. Pour the recommended quantity of an approved hardwood floor cleaner concentrate into half a bucket of warm water.
  3. Dip your mop into the bucket. Then, make sure you completely wring out all water from it, so it is only slightly damp. Finally, use this slightly damp mop to clean the floor.

Final reminder: never to steam mop or wet mop hardwood and bamboo floors!

Ambient Bamboo Floors‘ hand scraped bamboo hardwoods are backed by a lifetime structural and finish warranty and are preferred by leading designers, architects, builders, and homeowners around the world. Ready to explore hand scraped wood flooring? Have more questions?  Call one of our flooring experts today at (866) 710-7070!

Last update of the article: 06/18/2020.

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