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21st September 2011

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Bamboo Flooring and Mold

It might be slightly surprising to discover that despite the fact that bamboo is naturally ant-fungal and antimicrobial it is not able to repel mold. Indeed strand woven bamboo flooring and other types of bamboo flooring are more resistant to mold than say carpet or hardwood flooring, but such is the virulence of mold that it will affect any natural material.

If you find mold on bamboo flooring you should first clean the mold affected area with an oil soap and run a fan to dry the area. Next you should scrape the top layer off the bamboo flooring with a metal scraper.

After that use sand paper to remove all visible remaining bits of mold. Next it is necessary to kill the mold that has penetrated into the bamboo. Many people recommend beach for this purpose. This is a mistake because bleach doesn’t seep into the bamboo flooring and also bleach is a very toxic and environmentally unfriendly liquid. The green option is borax and vinegar. A compromise is oxygen bleach that is better for the environment.

Once the strand woven bamboo flooring has been treated for mold all that remains is to put finish on the flooring.

It should be mentioned that mold needs moisture to thrive. Thus, it is often a leaky pipe, damp sub floor or high humidity that causes mold to form on bamboo flooring. It is not enough to just treat the mold it is also necessary to tackle the causes of the mold to stop it recurring in the future.

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