YANCHI BAMBOO FLOORING
COMPLETELY BEFORE STARTING INSTALLATION.
on choosing Yanchi bamboo flooring.
Please take time to
read the following procedures before you begin installation.
With the correct installation of this flooring, following the
precautions in this guide, this natural product will give you
many years of satisfaction. Yanchi bamboo flooring is
manufactured to standards that permit a variance in thickness,
width, and length of no more than 0.25mm (that is less than
0.01 inch). While quality control procedures at the factory
ensure that very few defective boards are delivered to the
consumer, the owner/installer of this bamboo flooring is
responsible for the final inspection. Claims cannot be made
for defective boards after they have been installed.
Care should be taken in transporting and
handling the flooring material. Store the flooring in a dry
place, with adequate space for air to circulate under cartons.
If delivery is to a construction site, the flooring should be
placed inside a building that is sufficiently enclosed to
ensure the flooring will be protected from weather. Concrete
work, plastering, and all other moisture-related work should
be thoroughly dry.
proper installation and cohesion with the sub-floor, bamboo
flooring should be acclimated in the same room in which it
will be installed. Using an accurate commercial moisture
meter, be sure the moisture content of the room meets the
tests described below.
you are unable to make an accurate moisture test, it is
recommended that you remove the packaging and let it acclimate
stacked in the room for a least seven days.
sub-floors: Sub-floors must be structurally sound and must be
constructed on- or above-grade. Bamboo flooring can be
installed over sub-floors made of: wood; sheathing grade;
vinyl tile; plywood (3/4-inch) (19 mm); Oriented Strand Board
(OSB – at least 3/4-inch thick) (19 mm).
A sheet-vinyl moisture barrier should be placed under the
sub-flooring installed on top of concrete.
Over old wood floors,
apply 1/4-inch to 3/8-inch plywood with proper nail
attachment. If a wood sub-floor is used above soil, 6-mil
polyethylene should be placed over the soil to prevent
moisture from getting into the wood flooring.
Before installing bamboo flooring over a
wooden sub-floor, check the sub-floor for moisture using an
accurate commercial moisture meter. The moisture difference
between the sub-floor and the bamboo flooring must be not
greater than four per cent. The moisture content of the
sub-floor itself must not exceed 12 per cent.
: Adequate air circulation is important
to prevent moisture from accumulating. Crawl spaces should be
ventilated year round. Be sure that there is no standing water
or moisture at the soil moisture level.
Installation: Use only 100 per cent urethane-based adhesive.
Do not use water-based adhesives. It is recommended that you
consult a professional for adhesive installation.
Detailed preparation and
installation procedures are outlined in the National
Wood Flooring Association’s Hardwood Flooring Manual
1-800-422-4556. Please see below.
is a recommended that the industry standard of five
per cent be added to the actual footage of required flooring
material as an allowance for cutting and waste during
A sharp fine-tooth (finishing)
circular/miter saw blade is recommended for cutting. Tape the
area to be cut for a clean cut.
allowing bamboo flooring to acclimate before installation,
turn the air conditioning or heat to the level it will be in
normal living conditions.
and staples are best placed at least three inches from the
edge of the boards. For wood sub-floors, nail every six
is recommended that door casings be cut at the bottom so
flooring fits under rather than trying to scribe the
flooring to fit around.
1/4 -inch – 1/2 –inch (6 mm - 12mm) space at each wall for
expansion of flooring. The expansion gap can be covered with
the base molding.
use a tapping block and never hit flooring directly to avoid
fracturing the flooring edge. A piece of flooring trim makes
a good tapping block.
care of moisture problems of potential problems before
installation. Special precautions should be taken in
basements. If your bamboo flooring installation is hampered
by a moisture problem, contact a professional installer to
improve the situation.
avoid a pattern of end joints, cut the initial boards in
each row at varying lengths so that all the board ends are
staggered throughout the installation. Ensure that the
joints are at least six inches apart.
installing, lay out the flooring in a rough fashion
according to how you would like it to appear. Arrange the
bamboo’s natural range of color in manner that that is
pleasing to your eye. Remember, like other natural products,
some color variation is expected in bamboo flooring.
Bend or bowed boards are not defective. These
boards may be a little harder to install, but they
lie flat after installation.
pull straps at three-foot intervals to hold the boards
adhesive installation, use a 100 per cent urethane-based
adhesive such as Bostik’s Best. Be sure to follow Bostik
Findley’s instructions so their warranty is in effect.
or rugs at entrances to collect moister, sand, grit and other
potentially damaging substances from being tracked onto your
Dust mop or vacuum with a soft accessory to keep your bamboo
floor clean from dust, dirt or grit.
Yanchi Bamboo flooring
cleans easily with a Swiffer or similar type dry mop.
For sticky spots, use a soft damp cloth to gently scrub the
floor. If necessary, use a generic hardwood floor
cleaner. Do not use steel wool or
other abrasive scouring pads.
Do not use harsh detergents, abrasive cleansers, or corrosive
chemicals to clean your bamboo floor.
Avoid excessive water.
Use mats in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room to protect
against spills. If a spill occurs, blot it up immediately with
a dry cloth or slightly damp mop.
Use only colorfast and non-scratch
carpeting or pads on your bamboo floor.
the floor from furniture legs and do not walk on the floor
with high-heeled shoes.
Although Yanchi bamboo flooring has effective UV inhibitors in
its pre-finish, it is recommended that it not be exposed to
direct sunlight for long periods.