TopicModern Furniture for Today's Advanced Corporate Houses
Though bamboo is relatively free from pests, cut poles Ikrema Mattress can be damaged by diseases and insects and must be protected with proper pest management practices. Some common protective measures are immersion in water, smoking, heating, and chemical coatings. Immersion is best done in fresh water streams for 4 - 12 weeks to eliminate the starches and sugars which are sources of nutrients for insects and fungi. When bamboo is smoked in its own resin, the rind becomes unpalatable to insects and they abandon the bamboo poles for alternative sources of nourishment. Heating is another popular preservation method; when bamboo is placed in kilns heated up to 150C, the outer structure of the canes becomes more insect resistant. This method has its drawbacks. It is challenging to construct bamboo heating ovens that are lofty enough to accommodate the tall poles. Also, heating the bamboo causes it to dry out and increases the risk of cracking. Often, the poles are coated with borax, an ecologically sound chemical with protective and preservative qualities that has widespread applications ranging from cosmetics and detergents, to fire retardants, insecticides, and pH buffer agents for swimming pools. The use of one or more of these preservation methods is important to protect the bamboo from damage caused by insects, mould, fungi or moisture. The lifespan of non-preserved bamboo is approximately 2 - 3 years, whereas preserved bamboo can be stored for up to 10 years. Bamboo's attractiveness as a building material is enhanced by the fact that it is not highly vulnerable to pests and the common preservation methods are relatively low in both cost and effort.