Bamboo floors look remarkably beautiful when they’re brand new, but without proper maintenance they tend to lose their color and shine. Dull surface and scratches begin to appear and become more noticeable, up to the point that ordinary cleaning does not help anymore. How to clean a bamboo wood floor so you don’t reach such troublesome stage?
1. The first step may begin even before you have actually installed your floor and will save you a lot of troubles later on. One big weakness of bamboo floors is direct sunlight and excessive change in humidity throughout the year. Install shades and curtains on windows that are exposed to the Sun’s damaging UV rays, unless your bamboo floor has a quality protective layer against those. Install a humidifier in the room to keep the levels of humidity as equal as possible from season to season.
2. Unless you don’t mind dealing with refinishing and recoating, you need to protect the surface finish of your bamboo floor. While surface finishes are strong and moisture resistant, they’re not impenetrable and would give in to persistent scratching, heavy pressure or too much water. Furniture legs, high heels, heavy appliances are the most common causes for that. Use soft, preferably natural fibers felt pads underneath chairs, tables and other such objects.
As well as placing area rugs on doorways leading to the room to avoid dirt being carried over to the floor, use such rugs next to kitchen sinks and other water operating devices. Clean both the felt pads and rugs often, and dry them out well if necessary. Although high heel boots should be avoided, in case that’s not possible, make sure they at least have their protective caps on.
3. Whether you like it or not, as an owner of a bamboo floor you must do regular maintenance on a daily basis by following a strict cleaning routine. Wet moping is a no-no choice and some manufacturers would even void your warranty if you wet clean your bamboo floor surface. The standard is to use a dry mop, soft bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner with an appropriate attachment for wood floors. Mop, sweep or vacuum regularly, once a day or more if the floor experiences too much traffic.
Accident can and will occur, so you need to act accordingly and on time to prevent more serious damage. It is a given that any liquid spills should be blotted with a dry clean cloth as soon as possible. If you must use some water to take care of it, make sure to dry the spot afterward. Use the manufacturer’s recommended floor cleaner to remove any more serious grime. Some warranties go void if you use a non-recommended product, but if that’s not the case with your floor, you can also use a generic wood floor surface finish cleaner for a decent result.
Lastly, if the regular cleaning does not remove scuffs and scratches, or deep stains, you would have to either refinish the floor or replace a board. Refinishing is not as difficult as it sounds and by following the surface finish manufacturer instructions it can be done properly in just a few hours. Replacing boards on floating floors is not difficult, but when you’re dealing with a glued floor, it may be best to call a professional.