Bamboo kitchen counters are fast becoming one of the hottest kitchen trends in today’s eco friendly focused world. Bamboo kitchen counters are one of the most eco friendly kitchen counters out there for a reason.
Here are the basics everyone homeowner should know about eco friendly bamboo kitchen counters before they invest in them.
Just like other hardwood kitchen counters, bamboo counters come in a variety of grains and finishes. Most choices in this eco friendly kitchen counter will offer horizontal grains, vertical grains, or a parquet pattern.
The bamboo kitchen counter can be purchases in sheets as thin as 2 inches and as thick as 3 inches in most case as well.
You can expect to pay about $25 – $50 per square for finished bamboo kitchen counters. This is pre installation, so do not forget to calculate in the cost of a contractor to install your bamboo kitchen counters.
Solid bamboo countertop sheets are 16% harder than maple wood. This means bamboo kitchen counters are an extremely durable countertop surface. The ar every similar cutting boards.
Your finshed Bamboo counter tops should be laminated with a completely non-toxic, food grade, and most importantly, formaldehyde free adhesive. This is important so that it is food safe to place food directly on the kitchen counters.
You can clean your bamboo kitchen counters with a no abrasive eco friendly house cleaner or mild soap. Do not leave standing water on them, just simply dry them off after cleaning.
Bamboo kitchen counters install just like most kitchen counters. It is a good idea to use a contractor if you have no experience installing kitchen counters. In most cases you will be buying a pre made bamboo kitchen counter that simply needs to be installed. The bamboo counter has been pre assembled and is ready for sale at your local home improvement store or even online. Jus like most other kitchen counters..
After the eco friendly counter are installed in your kitchen you need to finish by sealing the counter tops with any of the excellent food safe wood stains currently on the market. A good eco friendly alternative is to use mineral oil or walnut oil. After the food safe oil you need to seal with Bees Wax. This initial care during installation will ensure along life for your bamboo kitchen counters.
About once a year it is a great idea to reapply the food safe oils to keep your counters fresh and glowing.