Bamboo has quickly emerged as one of the trendiest flooring options in modern times. This is in no small part due to bamboo’s sustainability (because bamboo is quickly, and easily, generated, it’s considered a “green” product that doesn’t leave a large carbon footprint on the environment) and relatively inexpensive price tag (again, because of the large supply of bamboo, the cost is relatively low).

However, is bamboo a good option for your kitchen? Many experts warn against installing hardwood in areas of high moisture (such as kitchens and bathrooms) because the moisture will warp the wood. With that logic, then, it would stand to reason that bamboo (often touted as an alternative to hardwood) would suffer the same fate when exposed to moisture, right?

Not so fast, say the experts. The most essential thing to remember when installing a bamboo floor is to install a waterproof underlayment (subfloor), especially if this bamboo floor is going over a concrete slab. Keep the subfloor waterproof, and bamboo won’t be susceptible to moisture the way hardwood would be.

With that said, bamboo is just as susceptible to damage as hardwood – it can “scratch and dent.” To that end, then, follow the same rules as you would for hardwood floors: keep your pets’ nails trimmed (a good idea anyway), don’t walk across the floor with high heels or cleats, don’t drag furniture across the floor, and quickly clean up any moisture spills.

In addition, to keep the floor clean, regularly dust the floor (or sweep it with a soft broom – don’t drag a vacuum across the floor unless the vacuum is caster-less), and pass a damp mop across it about once a week. Don’t use harsh detergents or bleach to clean your bamboo floor.

So, is bamboo flooring right for your kitchen? Only an expert can accurately answer that question for you! So, give us a call today for your free, no obligation consultation, and let’s see if a bamboo floor is right for you, and for your kitchen!