Charlie: John in Mont Bellevue writes to us, “I’m putting a floating bamboo floor down. I’m putting down a quiet walk underlayment and I’ve been acclimating the floor with the room when I picked it up and started putting it down, but I noticed that the back of the flooring was kind of damp and it’s going over concrete. Is this normal or should I put some kind of sealer on the floor?”
Tom: I wouldn’t put any sealer on the floor because you’re putting down the silent floor system. Why it’s damp on the back, I’m not sure, but a moisture meter will certainly tell you if it’s within standards. Standards here in Houston is 15% or less, but around the rest of the country, it’s usually 7. 7’s the magic number, except for the Gulf Coast region. So, do a moisture test on there. If it’s not acclimated, turn it over and let it dry on the other side, too, before you put it down.
Charlie: Okay. So, he may need more time for it to acclimate.
Tom: Yeah. He might have to flip it, just like a pancake.