1. My Bamboo floor is damaged. Can it be fixed?
Whether your flooring is glued directly to a solid concrete floor, boards can be removed and replaced. If your floor has aged a lot, On-site re-sanding and re-finishing the complete floor will enable the replacement boards to blend in more harmoniously with the pre-existing floor. If your floor is relatively well maintained, replacing damaged prefinished bamboo or timber floorboards with new boards can be quite a painless process. The resulting look will be similar if not the same.
2. My Bamboo floor has faded. What can I do?
If the flooring has been solid glued directly to a concrete substrate, it can be re-sanded and re-finished. Sanding rejuvenates the original natural colour. If it has been waxed, the wax polish must be removed before re-sanding. If the floor is floating on foam or underlay, re-sanding and re-finishing the floor may not be possible due to floor movement occurring during the sanding process.
3. Can termites eat my Bamboo floor?
Yes. However, during their manufacture, Bamboozle bamboo floors are treated with termite resistance materials. If the original floor was made with inferior or untreated bamboo and the termite damage is widespread, it is best to remove and replace the floor. Bamboo is not a preferred food for WA termites.
4. My Bamboo floor has stained due to underfloor moisture. What can be done?
The section of floor that is damaged can be removed. The source of the dampness must be located and stopped permanently. The floor must be allowed to dry out completely. Depending on the source of the dampness (broken pipe, for example?), drying out a substrate may take some time. Once the floor is totally dry, new floorboards may be installed.
5. My Bamboo floor has developed small gaps between the boards. What can I do?
Bamboo flooring is typically imported into Western Australia with a moisture content a few percentage points lower than timber flooring.
However, if your home is unusually dry, it is possible the boards may shrink further resulting in small gaps between them. This occurs when the floor is subject prolonged low humidity conditions. There are other factors that can cause shrinkage to occur. They include homes with large windows without tinting or shades; a home locked up over summer holidays; the way the house is orientated; and, homes without window treatments.
To reduce the risk of shrinkage, place buckets of water throughout the house to increase the humidity – especially while you are on holidays.