That beautiful new bamboo floor is the envy of the neighborhood. Friends are dropping by to check out its beauty. All this in and out traffic is bound to create some dirt that needs to be removed, but what is the recommended cleaning for bamboo floors?
The first thing to understand is that this is not a typical hardwood floor, the same recommendations that so often are ‘across the board’ don’t apply to bamboo. It is not difficult to clean and maintain, just different than other woods.
Water Be Gone
Water is not a friend to any hardwood and bamboo is no exception. Even though it is a water resistant material, that doesn’t mean puddles can accumulate for long periods of time without some visible damages. Wipe up spills as soon as possible.
If the spill is sticky liquid, like soda, use a damp sponge but don’t use a sponge that is dripping wet.
Do Away with Dust
Other than wiping up any spills that occur, the recommended cleaning for bamboo floors is simply to sweep or vacuum up the dust that accumulates on a daily basis.
A dust mop will help to add a special shine to the floor when it appears to need it. Do not use a wet mop on bamboo floors.
Above all else, it must be remembered that the same chemicals and wood cleaners that are recommended for other wood floors do not work on bamboo flooring. Bamboo does not react well to the chemicals that are used to make these cleansers. Waxes and polishes should also be avoided.
Maintaining bamboo flooring will help keep it beautiful for many years to come. Simple steps like not wearing stiletto heels to prevent excessive scratches are recommended.
High traffic areas should have rugs or runners to help collect dust and debris that accumulates from shoes. Don’t be excessive and cover up the beauty of the floor, but do consider placing them in doorways or hallways to help keep the dirt off the floor.
Furniture gliders or felt tips will help to prevent unnecessary marring when moving furniture around. Bamboo is not scratch proof and these protective coverings will help keep scratches to a minimum.
If there are animals in the home, keep their toenails trimmed to help prevent scratches as well.
Bamboo floors are highly durable and don’t dent easily; however, the finish that is applied to the floor will determine how scratch resistant the floor is.
As the floor ages it might need to have a fresh, clear finish applied to help keep scratches at bay. This is not a difficult task but should be done by a professional.
Simple steps to keep bamboo flooring looking beautiful from the day it is installed to twenty years down the road. Maintaining and cleaning the flooring is not a difficult task, the key is to keep spills wiped up and don’t used chemical cleaners.