How to avoid denting your bamboo floor

October 25, 2011 in Bamboo Flooring, Maintenance Series

If you have kids, dogs, a kitchen, or an active lifestyle, then you may have experience with how well high activity melds with flooring surfaces… NOT VERY!  However, don’t despair; there’s no need to wait patiently on those empty nest days to save your floor. With a few considerations, your floor can be well maintained for years to come.

If you’re building new or remodeling, there are so many options to consider when bamboo floor shopping.  Is bamboo flooring “green?” How hard is bamboo flooring? Is bamboo flooring sustainable? The most important question however may be: Which bamboo floor is right for me?  Honestly answering this question could save you lots of time and extend the useful life of your flooring choice.

Situation 1: The neighborhood coffee shop

The neighborhood coffee shop is pretty popular. There are several regular and new customers coming in and out daily. Since it’s a business, it’s unlikely they’ll leave their shoes at the door, so dirt and grit gets regularly tracked in.  The best flooring choice in this higher traffic situation would be a strand bamboo floor, such as PlybooStrand or Havana or Neopolitan.

Adding a PlybooFit or PlybooQuiet underlayment pad system could help absorb some of the impact of dropped items as well as the tired feeling from standing on a hard surface all day.  Instituting a regular cleaning schedule would be appropriate for this situation and will add life to the product and prevent additional scratching and indentation from hard debris left on the surface.

Situation 2: The Nuclear Family

Throw two hard-working adults, a kid or two and a dog and you’ve got one floor that had better deliver.  This is a situation ripe for a darker tone strand bamboo floor with great durability.

In the kitchen, simply putting a mat down by the oven and by the sink would spare these “drop zones” from the constant pummeling of dropped kitchenware. Also, putting a mat near the entrance would lesson the likelihood of scratching from accumulated debris from outdoors.

For families with an upstairs, installing a padded underlayment, like PlybooFit or PlybooQuiet will lessen the noise of tender feet over head.

Situation 3: The Quiet Couple

If there is only one or two adults living in a residence, without children, pets, or a constant barrage of guests, then most flooring choices will would be ideal. Limiting the use of shoes indoors and a regular cleaning regiment will help things stay looking good and performing well.

Of course, using the same precautions as the nuclear family, plan for the worst, hope for the best, for both the kitchen and entryways, is the best plan for your well loved and hard-working friend-under-foot, your floor.

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Design Philadelphia

October 19, 2011 in Bamboo Flooring

There’s no better time to be in Philadelphia because for 10 days, the most thought provoking, useful, and innovative design will be on display at Design Philadelphia 2011 hosted across several local venues.  The event kicked off on Thursday, October 13th and will continue until Sunday, October 23rd.

Smith & Fong Co., the makers of Plyboo, along with EcoSupply and Fessenden Hall Inc. sponsored the talented design students of Philadelphia University earlier in 2011 with a challenge to build artwork, furnishings, or whatever they could imagine that highlighted the qualities of Plyboo’s bamboo plywood. An awards night was held by Fessenden Hall Inc.’s Center for Architecture on Saturday, October 15th for the participating sophomores.

The students work emphasized the grain and workability of the bamboo plywood products, particularly Plyboo’s edge grain orientation bamboo plywood.

Below are a few of the amazing completed products of the students who took up Fessenden Hall and Eco Supply’s Plyboo Design Challenge.

Here’s Marty Perkins standing next to his design.

Detail shot of Mr. Perkins’s Plyboo bamboo chair

“Oko” lamps by Christian Loos

This “PlybooBloom” chair was designed by Kubarius Kerner

The Rock-a-Boo Rocking Chair by Kristina Gaudio

Michael Shannon’s “Lotus Lamp”

“Apollo” folding screen by Steven Metzner

“Chi-eez” Lounge chair by Dante Porcelli

Christian Ost’s “Sunburst” lamp

Special thanks to:
Lyn Godly, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, Philadelphia University: School of Design and Engineering
Mark Havens, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, Philadelphia University: School of Design and Engineering
Michael J. Leonard, Interim Academic Dean, Philadelphia University: School of Design and Engineering
The Students in Spring 2011 Design II, Philadelphia University: School of Design
ECO Supply Center
Fessenden Hall Incorporated

GreenBuild 2011

October 13, 2011 in Bamboo Flooring

For 3 days, booth  #5239S was home to Plyboo’s best and brightest reps.  Representatives from Smith & Fong Co. and its Canadian distributor, Taproot were there to meet sustainability enthusiasts in the most anticipated tradeshow of the year.  Thousands came out to see what’s new in environmentally friendly products, and Plyboo did not disappoint.

The brand officially presented Soybond to an eager audience, with its bamboo panel products and flooring. The subranded Soybond products were a big hit amongst attendees at Greenbuild who had many questions about the new designation.

Soybond, a proprietary manufacturing system, is the designation for Plyboo products made with soy adhesives. As of summer 2011, the full line of PlybooPure (no urea-formaldehyde) bamboo flooring and bamboo plywood, as well PlybooSport bamboo sport flooring are manufactured as SoyBond.

The Soybond process takes a lot of complications out of manufacturing and in the end uses a formaldehyde free adhesive that’s more natural.  The end result is naturally formaldehyde free bamboo flooring and plywood, not to mention, yet another innovation for the Plyboo brand. Plyboo bamboo plyboard and bamboo floors that are Soybond manufactured will have this logo: