Yes, you need to allow any type of bamboo floor time to acclimatise to its new surroundings before you install it. It means that the bamboo can adapt to the new conditions of the room or area that it is going to be installed into. This will greatly reduce the risk of damage occurring once it has been fitted.
Why should I acclimatise my new bamboo floor?
Quite simply, Bamboo is a natural product, which adapts to adjustments in its environment. Any changes in moisture, temperature or humidity can cause the bamboo to slightly expand or shrink, which is a completely normal process and nothing to worry about as long as you have prepared and installed your bamboo flooring correctly. Acclimatisation is part of the preparation process.
How do I allow my bamboo flooring to acclimatise?
All you will need to do is follow these simple steps:
• Most importantly, the acclimatisation process needs to take place in the property or room where the flooring is going to be installed.
• Arrange for your new bamboo flooring to be delivered in plenty of time before the installation starts.
• You need to leave the bamboo in the unopened boxes. If you have a concrete subfloor you will need to raise the bamboo off the concrete using batons.
• The room should be completely dry. Do not leave your bamboo floor on a damp floor or in an area with wet or damp plaster on the walls or ceiling.
• Don’t put your bamboo directly next to a radiator, heater or any other heat sources.
• The relative humidity in the room should be between 45-65%.
• The ambient temperature of the room should be between 17 – 22°C.
• Finally, you should leave the flooring for at least 48 hours before you begin the installation process.
If you have any questions about acclimatising your bamboo floor, please contact one of our technically trained staff.