Bamboo Floor Finishes Explained

Bamboo Floor Finishes Explained

This entry was posted on June 6, 2018 by chris elliott

Bamboo flooring can be found with different finishes.  The finish of a flooring means how the surface looks and feels.  The colour of the bamboo flooring is determined by whether the bamboo has been stained or carbonised during manufacture.  The finish is the process undertaken to protect the bamboo flooring from daily wear and tear. 

Bamboo flooring is always finished with multiple layers of lacquer.  This helps to maintain the beauty of the bamboo grain or pattern whilst adding strength and protection to the flooring.  All types of bamboo flooring are pre-finished so that they are ready to use as soon as they have been installed.  


There are three main finishes to bamboo flooring:  

Distressed Bamboo Flooring

With a distressed bamboo flooring you will get a bamboo flooring with a textured surface.  During production, the planks of bamboo have been brushed, by hand, using a wire brush.  This creates the distressed and rustic appearance.  Once the planks have been distressed, they are finished with a matt lacquer.  This gives the necessary protection against damage to the surface of the bamboo flooring. 


Matt Lacquered Bamboo Flooring

A bamboo floor with a matt lacquer means that the flooring has been protected whilst retaining its natural appearance.  The lacquer does not change the colour, appearance or texture of the flooring.  Some matt lacquers used for our bamboo flooring also have anti-slip properties and UV protection. 


Satin-Matt Lacquered Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring with a satin-matt lacquer will give you a slight sheen to the surface.  The colour and beauty of the bamboo have been retained, and then enhanced with a satin appearance. This  gives the bamboo flooring sufficient durability and protection from daily use.     


Although the finishing process of your bamboo floor helps to protect it from daily wear and tear, you may also want to have a look at ways to prevent it from becoming damaged.  Read our Bamboo Flooring Care and Maintenance Guide for advice and tips.