BamStar Bamboo Flooring can be installed much like that of other tongue and groove hardwood flooring. Due to the nature of the bamboo there is less shrinkage and swelling allowing easier installation. BamStar Flooring can be installed using the traditional nailing, gluing, or floating methods. Since BamStar Flooring is a product of nature, there will be slight variations in color. Please inspect boards before installing to ensure an even shade. It is recommended to have the flooring acclimate at least 72 hours prior to installation.

When gluing to a concrete slab, Bamstar's solid Bamboo Flooring should never be installed BELOW GRADE, in basements or rooms below Ground Level, only at or above grade. Bamstar manufactures other types of flooring for use below grade.

We highly recommend that you have a professional installer install your BamStar Bamboo Flooring.

Bamstar disclaims all liability for any errors or improprieties in the installation of its products by an installer.

When cutting BamStar Bamboo Flooring, please use OVER a 3600 rpm high speed power saw (e.g. cut-off saw) that attaches to a woodworking Tungsten Carbon Tip-End blade. Since bamboo fibers are strong and sharp, please take the necessary safety precautions when cutting the flooring.

If it is necessary to switch directions during installation please use a spline in between the grooves.

 
Since there is slight shrinkage and swelling in bamboo, you should unpack your boxes at least 3 days, or more, prior to installation to let the bamboo acclimate to its surroundings.

Flooring should not be delivered during rainy or snowy conditions, as it easily absorbs moisture. Bamstar Flooring should be stored in a climate-controlled area, with air space under boxes on ground-level concrete, and away from outside walls.

If any single piece of Bamstar flooring is found to be defective in any way, including machining, grade, finish or color variation, it should not be installed. The Installer / Home Owner assumes full responsibility for inspecting the quality, color and finish of the flooring. This inspection must be done prior to installation. If the material is not acceptable, immediately contact the seller and DO NOT INSTALL IT.

 
Make sure your subfloor is level, clean, dry, and free of dirt, wax, oil and paint. Ensure that it is structurally sound and free of protruding nails and staples. The moisture content of the subfloor should be tested in various locations of the room, including each outside wall and throughout the center area of the room. The moisture content should be within 2-4 percentage points of the flooring that will be laid on it.

When installing over concrete, please pay special attention to the following:

The slab must be cured for at least 30 days prior to moisture testing. Newly poured concrete will generally need to cure for 60 days. Always test the moisture content with a moisture meter before installing. Other testing methods include Polyfilm, Phenolphthalein, or Calcium Chloride.

We recommend using some sort of moisture barrier to protect the flooring. Acceptable moisture barriers include: a low end PVC vinyl sheet, 4 mil polyethylene film, double felt or two layers of 15 lb. asphalt saturated felt paper, or an epoxy sealer. Some flooring adhesives, such as Bostik’s Best, are waterproof and offer vapor-retarding characteristics. Please ensure that the appropriate mastic and adhesives are used, by referring to the manufacturer’s guidelines and following their instructions.

 
We recommend you install your flooring parallel to the longest outside (exterior) wall in the room, allowing ¾" expansion space, and then proceed to work into the room. Do not work on top of the newly installed flooring. In the event this is necessary, make sure to use a kneeler board to support your weight evenly.
 
 
The adhesive should not be applied if the subfloor or room temperature is below 60F, (16C). Spread sufficient amounts of adhesive with the recommended trowel. Read the instructions fully as working time for adhesives depends on the manufacturer. Hold the trowel at a 45-degree angle. The trowel will leave ridges of adhesive and will leave very little adhesive between the ridges. If adhesive dries quickly, remove and spread new adhesive to achieve proper bonding to the subfloor. OPEN TIMES MAY VARY DUE TO INDIVIDUAL CLIMATE CONDITIONS.

A soft rubber mallet can be used to tap the planks on the edge to ensure proper positioning. Check for a tight fit between all edges. End joints should be staggered with at least 6” apart. Find or cut pieces to fit within ¼”- ½ “ of the end wall. This space will be covered with a baseboard. Watch your pattern for even distribution of long and short pieces to avoid clusters of short boards.

During installation, occasionally remove a flooring unit (piece) from the subfloor and inspect the back for proper adhesive transfer. Transfer of at least 50% is necessary to ensure sufficient holding strength. When using adhesives, you must follow the instructions on adhesive label very carefully, as flash times, trowel size, spread rates and rolling requirements will be different.

BamStar recommends using Bostik’s Best or Franklin 811 Plus.

 
 
With plywood or board subfloors, start by re-nailing any loose areas and sweeping the subfloor clean. Mark location of joists on the perimeter walls so that the starting runs and finishing runs, which require face nailing, can be nailed into joists. Cover the subfloor with a good grade of 15 lb. asphalt felt/building paper, lapped 2"-4" along the edge seams. This helps keep out dust, stops moisture movement from below, and helps prevent squeaks in dry seasons.
 
Lay out seven or eight rows of flooring end to end in a staggered pattern with end joints at least 6” apart. Find or cut pieces to fit within ¼”- ½ “ of the end wall. This space will be covered with a baseboard. Watch your pattern for even distribution of long and short pieces to avoid clusters of short boards.

When using the nailing method, 1 ¼” – 1 ½” cleats are preferred for 1/2” thickness while 2” cleats are preferred for 5/8” thickness.

Blind nail through the tongue along the length of the strip about 8”-10” apart and 5” in from the end of each board. Countersink all nails. After the second or third run is in place you can change from a hammer to a floor nailing machine which drives nails mechanically or pneumatically and does not require additional countersinking.

Please remember to let the flooring acclimate for at least 72 hours prior to installation. For best results have a professional install your flooring.

 
We recommend that your BamStar Bamboo Floor be dust mopped or swept with a soft bristle broom daily, or as often as necessary. Floor mats and area rugs may be used in entrance ways and high traffic areas to further protect the floor. Similarly, soft felt or protector pads should be placed on the legs of the furniture to prevent scratches.

There are a variety of hardwood floor cleaners on the market. Please follow the directions precisely. Pay attention to cleaners that require mixing with water. Water can damage your floor if it mixed incorrectly with the cleaner or is left on too long.

Finished floors should not be waxed.

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