Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to all types of questions about bamboo, Bamboo Blinds and where and how to use them.
From screening to privacy, maintenance to environmental effects, we will answer your questions here.
And if you can’t find the information you’re looking for, get in touch with your local Bamboo Blinds Stockist for help.
Your Questions Answered
Many of our bamboo blind materials are suitable for use in moist areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundries. And they can also be installed outdoors while still complying with the requirements of our 5 Year Warranty.
To help you choose the best material for moist situations:
• Select a material from our Classic Range. We would apply an exterior clear lacquer to protect the material from moisture.
• Select Matchstick or Raw Bamboo and our custom paint colour service. This would have the same effect as coating with an exterior clear lacquer.
Looking after your Blinds
In either of the cases described above, the Bamboo material would be protected, and cleaning would be relatively simple.
So yes, our warranty applies in damp environments, providing you take appropriate care of your blinds, including rolling them up if storms or strong winds are forecast, and allowing them to dry thoroughly whenever they do get wet (i.e. don’t roll them up wet).
Note that our warranty does not cover mould or mildew growth as this is something beyond our control. However, as stated above, this can be removed from materials that have been coated appropriately.
Wicker is a type of weave rather than a material. Traditionally Wicker is made from a variety of materials: reed, cane, rattan, seagrass, bamboo and willow. Synthetic Wicker is made from a resin or vinyl material and results in a strong & durable yet light-weight weave.
Rattan is a material made from Rattan vines. This lightweight and very durable material is harvested from a plant closely related to palms. It can be polished, stained, lacquered and woven into furniture, lampshades, blinds and more. Although similar to bamboo, it does not perform well outside when exposed to sun, rain and moisture. The sun’s will bleach the colour and rain and moisture will soak the material causing mould or mildew.
Bamboo is a grasswhose natural qualities make it very suitable for outdoor use. It is extremely fast growing, durable and lightweight. Bamboo resists water, heat, chlorine and salt and it can withstand the bleaching effects of the sun. In fact, bleach can be used to clean away mould and dirt from bamboo. Bamboo also benefits the environment. How? By absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than equivalent hardwood trees.
In summary, Bamboo is a great all-round natural material that looks beautiful and lasts for many years, even when used outdoors.