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Strand woven bamboo flooring is made by compressing “strands” of the bamboo strips under intense pressure, while using a heat-sensitive low-VOC adhesive. Bamboo poles are split, shredded into individual strands, and fused under a cold press of 2,500 tons of pressure. After the curing process, the block is sliced into flooring with T+G system and coatings applied.

Supreme Durability for Your Home

A Strand Woven Bamboo Floor has twice the hardness of Domestic Oak. Yes, you read that correctly- Mohawk Strand Woven Bamboo flooring is twice as hard as Oak! Mohawk’s Strand Woven Bamboo manufacturing process uses parts of the bamboo stalk that weren’t traditionally used, making this flooring incredibly tough and eco-friendly. The bamboo strands are then pressed together and put under high pressure to form blocks which will ultimately be sawn into flooring planks. As a result, your high-traffic is no match for this tough surface. Your Mohawk Strand Woven Bamboo floor even comes with a 25–year residential warranty and a 3–year commercial warranty to guarantee superior performance. Now that’s confidence!

Stunning Exotic Beauty

With handscraped visuals and dazzling tones such as Chestnut, Rustic Baked Natural, Light Ebony, Warm Cherry, and Warm Chocolate, it’s easy to see why strand woven bamboo flooring is such a crowd-pleaser. The colors and unique characteristics of each style in our Mohawk Strand Woven Bamboo collections ensure that your floor will be as beautiful as it is tough.

An Incredibly Eco-Friendly Story

Strand woven bamboo is a truly amazing environmental breakthrough with a unique manufacturing process from all other Bamboo flooring types. Using 100% of the bamboo stalk and environmentally–friendly adhesives, the creation process leaves no environmental waste. The low-formaldehyde adhesives used means that strand woven bamboo flooring also contributes to better indoor air quality than traditionally manufactured hardwoods.

Remarkably Sustainable Product

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of bamboo flooring is the fact that it regenerates naturally, making it a completely renewable resource. And not only does it regenerate, but also quickly: Bamboo can be harvested every 5 to 7 years. Who knew that sustainability could be so stylish?

Easy & Effortless To Install

Another reason strand woven bamboo flooring is a great selection: Uniclic technology, a glueless locking system that makes household installation a painless process. You can get Mohawk Bamboo flooring available in either tongue-and-groove milling or with our Uniclic technology. Certain bamboo installations can even contribute LEED points, a point-based certification that building projects can earn for satisfying specific green criteria.

Step 1 – Clean the Subfloor, Remove Base Molding

Clean the subfloor to make sure it’s free of any dirt and debris. If installing on top of a new concrete floor wait until the floor is fully cured. Using a pry bar and hammer, carefully remove all base molding (if necessary) and place it out of the way.

Step 2 – Install the Underlay

Start by laying out the vapor barrier one row at a time from the longest wall of the room. When joining two sheets of barrier together, follow the manufacturer’s directions. Some manufacturers will have you overlap the vapor barrier and some will have you butt each row against the previous one.

Step 3 – Trim the Door Jambs

Lay a piece of flooring flat on the subfloor and up against the door jambs. Use it as a guide to mark the jambs so that the new flooring can slide underneath the jamb. Use a “flat” saw or a coping saw to cut the jambs, making sure to cut parallel to the subfloor. This will give the floor and jamb a nice finished look without having to remove the entire jamb.

Step 4 – Install the First Row

For the best appearance, lay planks parallel to the longest wall. Install the first plank with the groove toward the wall. Place 1/2″ spacers against the wall and push the first plank up against them. These spaces create an expansion gap so that the floor can “breathe” (expand and contract) and not warp or buckle. This gap will be covered later with base molding. The spacers also allow the floor to have a firm base to install against. Place the spacers about every 12 inches along the wall and at the end of each plank against adjoining walls.

Step 5 – Install the Flooring

For each plank, match tongue to groove and tap it into place using a scrap piece of flooring to protect the planks. Make sure the pieces fit snugly together and that there are no gaps along the length of the planks. While installing subsequent rows, stagger the joints of the flooring. When starting a new row, offset it six to eight inches so the joints at the ends of planks are not lined up row to row (which can weaken the floor and create a too-uniform look).

Step 6 – Install the Last Plank

The last plank will need to be trimmed to fit. To mark the plank to the correct width place a plank directly over the next to last plank and place another on top of that and slide the top plank until it sits evenly against spacers against the wall. Draw a line along the plank below the top plank along the edge of the top plank. This will mark the width of the gap between the next to the last plank and the wall. Rip cut the plank along this line and install.

Step 7 – Install Thresholds and Base Molding

Install any thresholds between the end of the flooring and any open doors where the flooring ends. Thresholds come in different styles to accommodate the kind and height of the flooring the new laminate floor butts up against. Remove the spacers and install base molding to cover the expansion gap.

  • Regularly clean the floor with a dust mop, soft bristled broom, soft bristled vacuum cleaner, or a wood floor mop kit.
  • Dry-mop or Damp-mop only. Never use a wet mop as excess water can seep between the boards. Spot Cleaning recommended between mopping. Clean up spills immediately.
  • Do not use a steam mop to clean the floor.
  • Do not use wax, oil, soap or abrasive cleaners on bamboo flooring.
  • Place protective pads under furniture legs and chairs to help guard against scratches.
  • Keep any pets’ claws closely trimmed.
+ - What is Bamboo Floors

Strand woven bamboo flooring is made by compressing “strands” of the bamboo strips under intense pressure, while using a heat-sensitive low-VOC adhesive. Bamboo poles are split, shredded into individual strands, and fused under a cold press of 2,500 tons of pressure. After the curing process, the block is sliced into flooring with T+G system and coatings applied.

+ - Why choose Bamboo Floors

Supreme Durability for Your Home

A Strand Woven Bamboo Floor has twice the hardness of Domestic Oak. Yes, you read that correctly- Mohawk Strand Woven Bamboo flooring is twice as hard as Oak! Mohawk’s Strand Woven Bamboo manufacturing process uses parts of the bamboo stalk that weren’t traditionally used, making this flooring incredibly tough and eco-friendly. The bamboo strands are then pressed together and put under high pressure to form blocks which will ultimately be sawn into flooring planks. As a result, your high-traffic is no match for this tough surface. Your Mohawk Strand Woven Bamboo floor even comes with a 25–year residential warranty and a 3–year commercial warranty to guarantee superior performance. Now that’s confidence!

Stunning Exotic Beauty

With handscraped visuals and dazzling tones such as Chestnut, Rustic Baked Natural, Light Ebony, Warm Cherry, and Warm Chocolate, it’s easy to see why strand woven bamboo flooring is such a crowd-pleaser. The colors and unique characteristics of each style in our Mohawk Strand Woven Bamboo collections ensure that your floor will be as beautiful as it is tough.

An Incredibly Eco-Friendly Story

Strand woven bamboo is a truly amazing environmental breakthrough with a unique manufacturing process from all other Bamboo flooring types. Using 100% of the bamboo stalk and environmentally–friendly adhesives, the creation process leaves no environmental waste. The low-formaldehyde adhesives used means that strand woven bamboo flooring also contributes to better indoor air quality than traditionally manufactured hardwoods.

Remarkably Sustainable Product

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of bamboo flooring is the fact that it regenerates naturally, making it a completely renewable resource. And not only does it regenerate, but also quickly: Bamboo can be harvested every 5 to 7 years. Who knew that sustainability could be so stylish?

Easy & Effortless To Install

Another reason strand woven bamboo flooring is a great selection: Uniclic technology, a glueless locking system that makes household installation a painless process. You can get Mohawk Bamboo flooring available in either tongue-and-groove milling or with our Uniclic technology. Certain bamboo installations can even contribute LEED points, a point-based certification that building projects can earn for satisfying specific green criteria.

+ - Installation

Step 1 – Clean the Subfloor, Remove Base Molding

Clean the subfloor to make sure it’s free of any dirt and debris. If installing on top of a new concrete floor wait until the floor is fully cured. Using a pry bar and hammer, carefully remove all base molding (if necessary) and place it out of the way.

Step 2 – Install the Underlay

Start by laying out the vapor barrier one row at a time from the longest wall of the room. When joining two sheets of barrier together, follow the manufacturer’s directions. Some manufacturers will have you overlap the vapor barrier and some will have you butt each row against the previous one.

Step 3 – Trim the Door Jambs

Lay a piece of flooring flat on the subfloor and up against the door jambs. Use it as a guide to mark the jambs so that the new flooring can slide underneath the jamb. Use a “flat” saw or a coping saw to cut the jambs, making sure to cut parallel to the subfloor. This will give the floor and jamb a nice finished look without having to remove the entire jamb.

Step 4 – Install the First Row

For the best appearance, lay planks parallel to the longest wall. Install the first plank with the groove toward the wall. Place 1/2″ spacers against the wall and push the first plank up against them. These spaces create an expansion gap so that the floor can “breathe” (expand and contract) and not warp or buckle. This gap will be covered later with base molding. The spacers also allow the floor to have a firm base to install against. Place the spacers about every 12 inches along the wall and at the end of each plank against adjoining walls.

Step 5 – Install the Flooring

For each plank, match tongue to groove and tap it into place using a scrap piece of flooring to protect the planks. Make sure the pieces fit snugly together and that there are no gaps along the length of the planks. While installing subsequent rows, stagger the joints of the flooring. When starting a new row, offset it six to eight inches so the joints at the ends of planks are not lined up row to row (which can weaken the floor and create a too-uniform look).

Step 6 – Install the Last Plank

The last plank will need to be trimmed to fit. To mark the plank to the correct width place a plank directly over the next to last plank and place another on top of that and slide the top plank until it sits evenly against spacers against the wall. Draw a line along the plank below the top plank along the edge of the top plank. This will mark the width of the gap between the next to the last plank and the wall. Rip cut the plank along this line and install.

Step 7 – Install Thresholds and Base Molding

Install any thresholds between the end of the flooring and any open doors where the flooring ends. Thresholds come in different styles to accommodate the kind and height of the flooring the new laminate floor butts up against. Remove the spacers and install base molding to cover the expansion gap.

+ - Maintenance
  • Regularly clean the floor with a dust mop, soft bristled broom, soft bristled vacuum cleaner, or a wood floor mop kit.
  • Dry-mop or Damp-mop only. Never use a wet mop as excess water can seep between the boards. Spot Cleaning recommended between mopping. Clean up spills immediately.
  • Do not use a steam mop to clean the floor.
  • Do not use wax, oil, soap or abrasive cleaners on bamboo flooring.
  • Place protective pads under furniture legs and chairs to help guard against scratches.
  • Keep any pets’ claws closely trimmed.

Bamboo Flooring Quick Facts

  • Eco-friendly
  • Natural material
  • Durable
  • Low maintenance