How Do Workers Typically Produce Bamboo Flooring Products from the Natural Bamboo Stem?

The most popular form of bamboo flooring uses thin bamboo stems. Workers cut these stems as flat as possible. Once the workers cut these stems to similar lengths, they begin staining, varnishing or using the stems as they are. In many cases, workers will nail these stems to wooden beams or bigger pieces of bamboo stems. This form yields greater space between each bamboo stem. It is worth mentioning that the flatness and the tightness of the stem is not important in this process. In many cases, the bamboo flooring produced by this process is ideal for use in stilted houses. This flooring can go a long way towards improving the air circulation in these houses. This is especially important during the warmer summer months.

The bamboo flooring typically found in Engadine and the nearby areas often goes through advanced levels of processing. Workers in this industry typically slice mature bamboo poles into strips. Then, they crosscut these stems to length and slice them into strips based on the desired width. Following this, the workers proceed to removing the outer skin and nodes from these stems. In some cases, removing the starch and sugar of the bamboo stem might be necessary. For this, the workers will boil the bamboo strips in a solution of lime or boric acid. Thereafter, the workers dry and plane the bamboo. To obtain darker colours akin to oak, the workers will steam the bamboo under controlled pressure and heat. However, this might reduce the final hardness of the bamboo flooring.