The industry standard for hard wearing finish for strand woven bamboo flooring is 6 or more coatings of aluminum oxide. The preferred supplier is Friedrich Klumpp Gmbh who have been making flooring products since 1919. It is not possible to buy Klumpp finish independently for those interested in re-finishing their floor. However, ‘Trek Plus’ by Absolute Coatings is the next best thing.
There is, however, a lot of anecdotal content on the internet to be found about the dangers of aluminum oxide. People complain that it is a toxic heavy metal and others point to the 1960s research that links aluminum with Alzheimer’s disease.
Firstly, a large part of the Earth’s crust is composed of aluminum oxide so obviously some exposure to aluminum is not only inevitable but also in the case of most people quite benign.
Secondly, since those 1960s experiments scientists have failed to re-create the results which link aluminum to the cause of Alzheimer’s. Alz.org categorically discredits the results of the 1960s experiments and points out also that aluminum is in our drinking water, beer, tea and baked products. It is impossible to measure the amount of lifetime exposure to aluminum and so it is also impossible to study exactly the effect if any of aluminum on our health.
For those wishing to be cautious, water based finishes are getting better and better and perhaps doing a bit more re-finishing is a small price to pay for keeping a small (if unproven) danger out of the house. You can now buy Bona Naturale Industrial mat lacquer that does a good job on strand woven bamboo flooring.
Check with your dealer carefully about suitable humidity levels for your strand woven bamboo flooring. Humidity is the amount of water vapor that is in the air. It is measured in two ways. One as absolute humidity (the amount of water in grams that one cubic meter of air holds) and relative humidity (the percentage of the absolute humidity). Thus, at 15 degrees centigrade the absolute humidity is 30.4 grams of water per cubic meter. At 50% relative humidity that means the air contains 15.2 grams of water per cubic meter.
Even the hardest and most expensive hardwood floors will get scratched by particles if not properly cared for. And even though strand woven bamboo flooring is very dense, hard and durable it too will get scratched if not properly maintained.
Particles are small pieces of dirt, grit, rock, gravel and plastic that people inadvertently carry in in their clothes or on their shoes into the house. These particles find their way onto your strand woven bamboo flooring and then when a person or pet walks on these particles they scrap them against your flooring and scratch it.
The best way to prevent scratching to strand woven bamboo flooring is to make people take their shoes off by the door when they enter your house. Provide a shoe box and guest slippers to make people more inclined to remove their particle laden shoes before they step on your strand woven bamboo flooring.
On the same theme, it is a good idea to put mats by every outside door so it can catch particles. It is important to shake these mats out frequently.
Next, it is important to clean your strand woven bamboo flooring twice a week to prevent the built up of particles on the surface of the floor. Use a dust mop or vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to clean the floor.
Check your furniture protectors once in a while to make sure they are defeating their purpose by harboring particles that are liable to scratch your strand woven bamboo flooring if dragged across the room.
And finally, don’t be tempted to wax your strand woven bamboo flooring because particles will build up in the wax over time and then when someone walks on a piece of waxed flooring containing particles they will damage the bamboo flooring.
Beware of particles.