Maintaining the Durability and Longevity of Your Bamboo Poles and Rod Screens: Tips and Techniques
Maintaining your bamboo poles and rod screens is easy and straightforward. Regular cleaning and protecting the bamboo from the elements is all that is required to keep them looking great for years to come. Whether you choose to coat, paint, stain or oil your bamboo, the key is to use natural, plant-based products such as WOCA oil to preserve and enhance the beauty of your bamboo.
Bamboo is naturally a hard-wearing material with a potential for a long life. It has a natural waxy coating that will break down over time, but its longevity is increased if it is properly maintained. Depending on where your bamboo poles and rod screens are installed will influence how you maintain them.
Bamboo poles and rod screens installed internally or under good cover will last longer than those which are exposed to the elements. All bamboo poles and rods can crack, particularly if they are exposed to the elements but these cracks do not affect the structural integrity of the bamboo. This is due to air pockets that exist between the nodes, as the air temperature increases the air expands and the poles may crack at its weakest point to release the pressure. This is not a fault of the pole but a common feature.
Many people feel the cracks and splits in bamboo add to its natural character and are an inherent part of bamboo’s natural appeal. If the poles or screens are installed outside with any part in the ground, they will tend to slowly rot in the section that is below ground due to moisture.
To keep your bamboo poles and rods in good condition, it’s important to remove dirt and debris quickly and easily. Using a powerful and eco-friendly surface wash like Bamboo Cleaner from Crystal Paints can help extend the life of your bamboo. This cleaner effectively removes fungi, mold, and dirt buildup.
If you want to further protect your bamboo poles and rods, consider treating them with a coating, paint, stain, or oil. To maintain the natural color of the bamboo, use clear coatings. Before applying, it’s recommended to clean the surface with Bamboo Cleaner.
Staining the bamboo will change its color and make it darker, but it will still require a clear coating for protection, as the stain itself does not provide protection. If you prefer a different color, you can paint your bamboo poles and rods any color you like. For the best results, talk to your local paint store about the best product and preparation.
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