It’s been a year since we put down Bamboo Wall Paneling as flooring over carpet. I was asked on my original post how it was holding up or if it was gross and moldy underneath, so I did a deep clean to find out.
The “runner” we have at the front door has nothing to report. Underneath is clean, dry, undamaged. (Full disclosure: we have apartment halls to walk through before the front door, so snow, rain and mud are minimal.) Kudos to the natural caramelized finish because it still looks great. The borders of the hall keep it from moving around. It “floats” on the carpet and has never needed adjusting.
The dining room, however, has more to report.
Our 4 and 7 year old are not particularly talented at keeping beverages in glasses or food on plates – so this is a true test area.
Full disclosure again: we have a no Kool-aid or purple grape juice policy. We are water drinkers with the occasional apple or orange juice. I’m sure this helped with the results.
I may try tying the two panels together with fishing wire. I’m sure a talented seamstress or tailor could find a way to merge the pieces more permanently. The bamboo is attached to a canvas type cloth that when bent can be accessed afterall.
As you can see from the above picture, the black paint has not held up well. From a distance I don’t mind. Close up all the action from sliding chairs is evident. Stick to natural or caramelized bamboo.
We had a wheelchair rolling over the bamboo for 2 months. Where it was relatively secure in the hallway, we had no problems. Where it was more free to move in the dining room, it had a terrible time. The twisting of the wheels caused a small piece to splinter off. Also, quite often, we had to take the table and chairs off to readjust its position. Without the wheelchair, the readjusting happens every few months – a good time to clean underneath and check for sneaky stains anyway.
Overall, we are happy with the protection they’ve provided the floors. They make cleaning up easy and I like how they look. They bend and shape themselves to the floor below – so no trip hazards.
I’m interested if others have tried this and what their experience is. I found ours 2nd hand and never learned where they came from. On Amazon and at Home Depot I found 4 foot bamboo lengths on 8 foot panels, but I haven’t found the 8 foot bamboo lengths on 4 foot panels.
Please share if you find other sources!