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How to store bamboo flooring before installation

Once you accept your delivery of flooring you should make sure that you store the bamboo correctly before you start to install it. The bamboo flooring should be kept in the right conditions and stored in the correct way, otherwise it can become damaged before you start to install it.

 

How to store bamboo flooring

The bamboo flooring should be stored in a warm dry environment. Do not store your bamboo floor in a garage, shed or outdoors.

Firstly, the condition in the room must be correct.  All wet trades (plastering, screed and painting) should be finished and the room needs to be weather tight and dry.  You should check the relative humidity of the room, which needs to be between 45 – 65%.  The ambient temperature of the room should be between 17 - 22°C.

Secondly, the planks of flooring should be left in the original boxes and stored flat.  Never leave the boxes upright or lean then against a wall, as this can distort the shape of the planks.

Always leave the bamboo flooring in the original boxes

How to acclimatise bamboo flooring

Bamboo flooring needs acclimatising to its surroundings before it is installed.  This is to allow the bamboo to adapt to its new atmosphere.  The boxes of flooring should be left in the room where it is going to be installed for at least 48 hours before installation.  If you have underfloor heating in the room, make sure that the boxes of flooring are raised off the subfloor slightly.  You can use wooden blocks or batons to do this.

Allow to acclimatise for at least 48 hours

Checklist for storing bamboo flooring:

  • The room should be weather tight and dry
  • Check the relative humidity (45 – 65%)
  • The ambient temperature should be between 17 - 22°C
  • Leave the flooring in the original packaging
  • Store the boxes of flooring flat
  • Acclimatise the flooring for at least 48 hours in the room where it will be installed.
  • Raise the boxes off the ground if you are using underfloor heating

 

Always read the Storage and Acclimatisation Guidelines and the Installation Instructions before installing any bamboo flooring.