Cleaning bamboo flooring is relatively easy, as this material is naturally quite hard, and is more resistant to water damage than similar hardwood floors. However there are regular maintenance tasks that have to be performed periodically if you want to keep the bamboo looking its best.
The following tips are general guidelines. However you always want to follow any manufacturer provided instructions when caring for a bamboo floor. You should also be familiar with the warranty, if any, that was provided with the floor so that you do not take actions that can void it.
Dust, Dirt, and Grit: Regular Cleaning Procedures
The main culprit in the deterioration of a bamboo floor is going to be tiny particles of dirt and sand that are tracked into the room from people’s shoes. When these tiny particles are walked on, they can dig down into the finish of the floor causing dents, divots, or even scratches, giving the bamboo a faded look.
This can be prevented by regularly mopping, sweeping, or vacuuming the floor. In some cases you may need to do this on a daily basis, depending on how much traffic the room gets.
- Do not use a vacuum that has a beater bar to clean a vacuum floor
- Make sure that any broom you use on this floor has soft bristles
- Never immerse the floor in water. Only a damp, almost dry mop should be used.
Heavy Bamboo Floor Cleaning
While most hardwood floor cleaners can be used on a bamboo floor, you want to make sure that anything you use is non-alkaline, non-abrasive, and is not a floor wax. You should also avoid using oil soap or scouring powder. If you are unsure of what cleaning product to use you should consult with the flooring retailer that you purchased the material from.
Bamboo is slightly more resistant to water damage than regular hardwood floors; however it is still susceptible to warping if excessive moisture is present. When using a cleaning agent that needs to be mixed with water follow the directions carefully.
Avoid using steel wool when cleaning a bamboo floor. A sponge or clean rag can be dipped in the solution, then wrung dry so that the material is only slightly damp. Make sure that the cleanser is applied to all parts of the floor evenly. Do not allow it to pool or puddle. When you are done a dry towel can be used to wipe up any excess moisture that may be present.
Natural Bamboo Cleaning Solution
You may not know this, but an effective, all natural bamboo floor cleaning agent might already be sitting in your home. If you mix ¼ of a cup of white vinegar, into a quart of water, you will create a solution that will allow you to safely clean the surface of your bamboo floors. This cleanser should be applied as directed above, using a damp sponge or rag wrung dry before application.
Cleaning Scuff Marks
Scuff marks most often appear when the rubber heel of a shoe drags across the surface of your floor. The best way to handle this is to pour a little bit of wood floor cleaner onto a rag, and gently rub it into the bamboo planks where the scuff mark appeared.