Bamboo mats – Environment Friendly Bamboo from Vietnam
Bamboo mat is an indispensable product in Vietnamese families every summer. Using the product will make you feel cooler and sleep more comfortably. Everyone knows about bamboo mat but not everyone knows about the mat production process. The following article will help you learn thoroughly about the bamboo mat production process in Vietnam. Their production process is as follows:
The preparation of materials is the most important step in the process of making bamboo mat because if the materials are good, we can create beautiful, durable ones. When choosing the ingredients, one has to choose bamboo trees that are big, old, strong, strong and look full of life because trees like this have a lot of trees and less scratches.
First, the ingredients chosen are strong, strong shade trees that are still fresh, with lots of green trees not much scratched. Using Bamboo Luong in Thanh Hoa is best because it has better ductility and elasticity, and the grain of Tre is smaller than that of Tre in other provinces, if the grain is big when drilled or broken. The reason is that when fresh bamboo is drilled, the new hole is not broken, the body is green and less scratched to the polishing step, if the scratched bamboo will be absorbed by the bamboo resin, causing a very bad patch of seed.
In Vietnam, there is Luong bamboo in Thanh Hoa which is considered to be the best because it has excellent flexibility and elasticity, small bamboo fibers, so it is convenient for drilling without breaking or scratching.
After selecting the ingredients, the bamboo will be cut into pieces about 20cm and cut in half. Then they used specialized machines to crush and crush the pieces of bamboo to make bamboo mats.
Bamboo, after being cut about 20cm, will be cut in half and then moved to mat making seeds. This stage uses the grain presses to save labor and increase productivity. In order to create projection beads, we must first create projection cards, this step is extremely important because it determines the material of the projection particle and the operation of the whole machine line system. That is why the worker doing this stage requires skillfully put on the hand with a width of about 2cm. Then the projection card is fed into the cutting machine and then to the hole drilling machine, all of them are automatically, to ensure every detail of the projection particle and form coarse projection particles.
Next is the creation of projection cards, this process is quite important because it determines the quality of the projection particle. At this stage, it always requires the craftsman to be skillful to be able to create projection cards about 2cm wide (usually this stage is made by the most skilled craftsmen).
Once the projection cards have been created, the worker will put them in the cutting machine and the hole drilling machine, all of which are done by the machine. The worker only needs to check and edit the projection cards when entering the machine.
After the mats have been created, they are first polished with a mixture of sand and water because the sand is able to polish and shave the remaining bamboo shells. After polishing with sand and water, about 5 hours later, they are polished with stone powder to make the mat become smoother.
It is not enough to let the seeds shine, because bamboo often has many main sugars, so after polishing, the seed will be boiled with old oxygen for 10 to 12 hours to remove the resin. sugar and dirt in the bamboo, helping to prevent the mat from termites. This is a natural method instead of spraying with anti-termite, but this is not the final step.
For Vietnamese bamboo mat at this stage, it will be sun-dried at least 2 or more sun to shine with a certain dryness, the white seed is natural, very safe for the user and also safe for the production. export.
After being dried, the mats will be polished 3 times with candle wax, in this stage to diversify the colors, the bamboo will be mixed with yellow and red beads to diversify products. The yellow and red mats are dyed according to the traditional Vietnamese sedge mat dyeing formula, so they are very safe and can keep the color well for 7 to 10 years.
The next step is that the seeds will be boiled with hydrogen peroxide for about 12 hours to remove the sugar in the bamboo (bamboo always has sugar). This stage will help keep the bamboo mat from being eaten by termites. After boiling is finished, bring it to the sun a few times to dry it.
After the seeds have dried, they are polished with candle wax up to 4 times. In this stage, people also create different colors of mats by dyeing according to the traditional Vietnamese formula.
After completing the above steps, the last step is to fully knit the interlocking beads to create a beautiful and safe bamboo mat for users.
Above is the production process of bamboo mats in Vietnam, the steps are very detailed and meticulous, so that the bamboo mat always has high quality.
Using and Maintain
Normally, when cleaning other types of mats such as sedge mat, rattan mat, silk mat, … you will think of washing them with soapy water or other cleaning solutions before drying them in the sun. However, for bamboo mats, this cleaning method is not suitable, making it quickly damaged and also making it susceptible to mold.
Therefore, the mat cleaning method is only applicable in the case where you are reluctant to clean the mat in the usual way and it is recommended to be limited.
We would like to guide you on how to clean the bamboo mat as follows:
Cleaning (cleaning) bamboo mats:
First of all, you use a basin of water diluted with medical alcohol or with vinegar or with white wine or use warm water to form a “mat cleaning solution”.
Next, you spread the bamboo mat to be cleaned on the floor (flat surface), take a cotton towel to dip the “solution used to wipe the mat” prepared above, squeeze the towel dry then proceed to wipe the mat. The order is done in the order of wiping the bottom of the mat first, then wiping the top surface of the mat, waiting to dry. Next, wipe one more time with clean water on both sides in the order above and let the mat dry for about 10 minutes to lie down, or more carefully you can expose it in the sun.
The process of cleaning a bamboo takes about 10 to 20 minutes because the material is bamboo, so it is natural, mainly handling dirt or mold on the mat, so it does not take too much of your time. Therefore, you should regularly clean the mat to keep it clean and prevent mold on the mat.
Carpet cleaning is the last resort if you cannot clean (clean) the mat as described above and it is not recommended because you reduce the service life of the mat when washing the mat. fast fading, not as beautiful as at first.
The method is as follows:
Use a pot of water to dilute your bath soap to create a “mat cleaning solution”. Then take a towel (do not use a brush to rub on the mat to avoid scratching the projection eye and cause breakage). Because the mat is heavy, the ability to carry to the laundry will be difficult and especially when washing like the type of laundry, it will easily break the charge. Therefore, when washing mats, you should spread the mat on the floor and use a cotton towel dipped in the “mat cleaning solution” to clean it. Then, you proceed to rinse with clean water to clean the soap before drying it to use.
Particularly for the case of moldy bamboo mat, you can clean it by soaking the mat in salt water then bring the mat out and sprinkle a thin layer of lime powder on top to help absorb moisture and remove the mold on the mat. Next, you use an old toothbrush to gently scrub the areas where no mold is gone and rinse the mat with clean water. Finally, you expose it until it is completely dry to help eliminate mold and unpleasant odors. It also helps prevent mold from coming back.