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Aqualis Bamboo Surfaces Product FAQs

What is Bamboo?

Bamboo is the largest species of grass on the planet and is strong, fast growing, and sustainable material, having been used structurally for thousands of years in many parts of the world. In modern times it has the potential to be an aesthetically pleasing and low-cost alternative to more conventional materials such as timber.

Is Bamboo durable?

No.
Bamboo has poor exterior durability because unlike timber, it does not contain the same level of waxes, resin, oils, and tannins providing resistance to insect and microbial attack, UV protection and water damage. Large amounts of starch present in bamboo makes it highly susceptible to mould, fungi, and insect attack. Weathering of Bamboo through repeated humidifying and drying of exposed bamboo can lead to the formation of tiny cracks in the surface. UV degradation of the cellulose structure combined with the sand blasting effect of wind and sand means untreated bamboo may last 2 years exposed, and 4-7 years under ideal conditions (without exposure to sun and rain). Aqualis recommend sealing all external bamboo flooring, furniture, structures, etc. with Aqualis Bamboo Sealer.

What is Aqualis Bamboo Sealer?

Aqualis Bamboo Sealer is a water-based exterior top-coat sealer designed specifically for all bamboo surfaces. Its unique formulation seals and protects Bamboo from the effects of UV degradation, weathering, mould, and fungal growth.

Bamboo Sealer is easy to apply, self-priming and gives durable protection in the harsh Australian climate. Aqualis Bamboo dries to an enhanced stained transparent finish.

  • Deep penetrating formula
  • UV protection, water repellent
  • Superior dirt and mould protection
  • Longer lasting finish
  • Available in two colours Bamboo Brown, Natural and Trans Black

How durable is Bamboo Sealer?

Applied over correctly cleaned and prepped bamboo, Bamboo Sealer should last up to 3 years fully exposed. If surface shows early signs of weathering simply wash with Aqualis Bamboo Cleaner (follow label instructions) and re-apply Bamboo sealer (follow label instructions). If Bamboo is affected by mould or fungal growth, scrub surface clean with Bamboo Cleaner (follow label instructions) and treat with Aqualis No Fungal Pro (follow label instructions), once surface has completely dried seal with Bamboo Sealer.

What is Bamboo Cleaner?

Bamboo Cleaner is a detergent based cleaner for bamboo. It has been formulated to remove mould and environmental pollutants from the surface of bamboo leaving it conditioned for the application of Bamboo Sealer.

Can I use Bamboo Cleaner to clean sealed Bamboo?

Yes, if sealed bamboo requires cleaning, dilute Bamboo Cleaner with water at a ratio of 20 parts water to 1 part Bamboo Cleaner by volume. It is important not to use strong un-diluted detergents as this may have a detrimental affect the sealer coats.

Can I change to colour of bamboo?

Yes, the colour of bamboo can be changed. At present Aqualis Bamboo Sealer is available in three colours, "Brown", "Natural" and "Trans Black".

My Bamboo is badly weathered and is black, how can I restore it back to new?

Yes, severely weathered bamboo can be restored back to new. The first step is to wash and treat the Bamboo using a stiff brush or broom with Aqualis Timber Clean (follow label instructions) then immediately followed by a neutralising wash/scrub with Aqualis Timber Prep (follow label instructions). Ensure all oxidised bamboo and mould has been thoroughly removed, otherwise repeat this cleaning/pre-treatment procedure until satisfied. Allow surface of Bamboo to dry completely, for damp areas which are prone to mould growth, we recommend treating with Aqualis No Fungal Pro (follow label instructions) and allow all treated surfaces to completely dry before sealing. Finally apply two coats of Bamboo Sealer to the cleaned/treated bamboo (follow label instructions).

How do I clean my bamboo?

For general cleaning of Bamboo, we recommend using Aqualis Bamboo Cleaner one part diluted in 20 parts water by volume. Using a stiff broom/brush, scrub the bamboo clean with the diluted solution and rinse thoroughly with water. We then recommend sealing the washed bamboo with Aqualis Bamboo Sealer.

Can I clean my Bamboo and not seal it?

No.
We recommend that Bamboo should be washed and sealed to protect it from weathering and for areas prone to mould infestation wash and treat with No Fungal Pro then sealed with Aqualis Bamboo Sealer. (Refer Aqualis Bamboo Sealer)

Due to its constitution, Bamboo is not as durable as timber especially when exposed to the elements. Bamboo lacks the level of oils, tannins, and natural toxins to protect it from exposure to UV rays, wind, and rain, it will split crack and degrade rapidly compared to timber. High levels of starch in Bamboo also make it a magnet for insect and microbial attack.

How do I remove mould from bamboo?

Mould infested bamboo can be restored back to new. The first step is to wash and treat the Bamboo using a stiff brush or broom with Aqualis Timber Clean (follow label instructions) then immediately followed by a neutralising wash/scrub with Aqualis Timber Prep (follow label instructions). Ensure all oxidised bamboo and mould has been thoroughly removed, otherwise repeat this cleaning/pre-treatment procedure until satisfied. Allow surface of Bamboo to dry completely. Once dry treat all affected surfaces with Aqualis No Fungal Pro (follow label instructions) and allow all treated surfaces to completely dry before sealing. Finally apply two coats of Bamboo Sealer to the cleaned/treated bamboo (follow label instructions) to help prevent re-infestation.

Can I apply Aqualis Bamboo Sealer directly on to of previously oiled or coated Bamboo surfaces?

No.
All existing coatings or oils must be removed before Bamboo is re-sealed with Aqualis Bamboo Sealer.

Oils can be removed as follows:
Wash and old oil from the Bamboo using a stiff brush or broom with Aqualis Timber Clean (follow label instructions) then immediately followed by a neutralising wash/scrub with Aqualis Timber Prep (follow label instructions). If any sign of mould growth was present prior cleaning, allow surface to thoroughly dry then, treat all affected surfaces with Aqualis No Fungal Pro (follow label instructions) and allow all treated surfaces to completely dry before sealing. Finally apply two coats of Bamboo Sealer.

Existing coatings can be removed as follows:
To remove old coatings, use Aqualis Strip Ease (follow label instructions). Wear safety googles and protective clothing including rubber gloves, apply generous amounts by brush and allow to sit for 30 min. Scrub surface with stiff broom or brush and carefully rinse off with high pressure water jet then immediately followed by a neutralising wash/scrub with Aqualis Timber Prep (follow label instructions). If any sign of mould growth was present prior cleaning, allow surface to thoroughly dry then, treat all affected surfaces with Aqualis No Fungal Pro (follow label instructions) and allow all treated surfaces to completely dry before sealing. Finally apply two coats of Bamboo Sealer.