Bamboo flooring is an Eco-friendly floor popularly renowned for its durability, versatility, and various styles. In comparison to hardwood flooring, it is slightly water-resistant and easy to maintain. But, that does not mean it is waterproof.
Despite their sturdy features and durability, they are subjected to common wear and tear. Failing to maintain the surface can lead the floor to moisture damage, scratch, dent, and warping. So, it is necessary to keep it intact through regular maintenance. With a regular commitment to sweeping dirt and dust from the bamboo floor surface, you can save yourself from long-term damage.
Things To avoid While Cleaning Bamboo Floors
- Harsh cleaning agents: Bamboo floors are sensitive material. Using abrasive detergent or chemicals like bleach, alcohol, abrasive commercial cleaners and ammonia onto the bamboo surface corrodes the space. Instead, use a non-toxic cleaning solution and spray it onto the floor.
- Wet mopping: Even Though bamboo flooring is somewhat water-resistant, it doesn’t mean it is completely free from getting moisture damage. Wet mopping can trap liquid into the floor gaps which can make it swell and warp. So, it is highly recommended to wring the mop and make it damp before cleaning the surface.
- Steam mops: steam mops are not ideal for bamboo flooring. The steam generated from steam cleaning can create moisture on the bamboo wood. This can lead the floor to swell and get damaged.
- Abrasive brush: Steer clear of harsh brush made of metal bristles. Scrubbing the bamboo floor with these materials can permanently scratch the surface. Instead, use a microfiber brush to clean dirt.
- Waxing and oily polishes: Never wax your bamboo floor. It will make the surface slippery and result in accidents. Also avoid furniture polishes like Swiffer wet jets, undiluted castile soap, and soap.
Regular Maintenance Of Bamboo Floors
Maintaining the bamboo floors depends upon the area you are living in and the amount of foot traffic in the space. It is necessary to do regular sweeping if the area you are residing in is dusty. Your foot on the other hand can also be the real culprit and bring dust and debris into the room. Make sure to take care of the area of your house, where there is a high volume of foot traffic. Areas like the kitchen and hallways must be mopped regularly with clean water.
- Remove dirt and debris with a soft-bristled broom. Harsh bristle sweepers can dent the bamboo flooring.
- Vacuum the floor only if it is attached with a floor cleaning attachment. Avoid the use of heavy wheels and rotating brushes. It can cause unattractive scratches on the surface.
- Address spills as soon as possible with a microfiber cloth.
- Dry mop your floor to keep it bacteria-free by using vinegar and water solution. Mix 1-quarter of vinegar in a cup of water, and put it in a spray bottle. Spray it onto the floor and mop the whole surface in small sections. Dry mopping will prevent the bamboo flooring from getting moisture damaged.
- You can soak the mop into the solution if you want. Make sure to wring it properly, to prevent moisture from getting into the cracks and planks.
Dealing With Spills, Stains, and Scuffs
Stains and cuffs require more attention in comparison to other cleaning maintenance. It is important to be vigilant while wiping the stubborn stains.
It is common to confront spills and stains on household surfaces. Ignoring these spills can result in discoloration on the floor. Moisture damage is also inevitable if the spill moisture is not cleared up in time.
Even though bamboo flooring is somewhat moisture than hardwood flooring. It is not completely waterproof. So, if you notice any kind of liquid spill on the floor, quickly address it before it seeps into the wood. Utilize a microfiber cloth to wipe the spill. Once the spill is removed, use a damped rag to clean the surface.
In case of a dried spill, use a commercial floor cleaner to permanently banish the stain. Food spills on the other hand need the same procedure as liquid spills. Be sure to pick up the solid pieces first, then absorb the spill with a clean towel.
In case the spill has dried, you can use a home-based cleaning solution to get rid of it. Apply vinegar and water solution for stubborn stains. Vinegar is a non-toxic cleaning agent. But, undiluted vinegar can damage and corrode the bamboo surface.
So, mix 1-quarter of vinegar and the same amount of water. Put it into a spray bottle. Spray a small amount onto the stain and wipe it with a damp cloth. Repeat the process until the stain is permanently gone.
No matter how hard you try, scratches are unavoidable. Furniture, shoes, heels, small gravel, toys, and vacuum with rollers can be the reason behind it.
To fix the scuff marks, you have to know how deep the scratch is. Spray a PH balanced cleaner to a microfiber cloth. Gently wipe the cloth into the area and erase the blemish. You can also purchase commercial cleaners to get rid of the scuff marks.
If the scratch is compromised, you can minimize its appearance by rubbing mineral oil on the scuff to make it look better.
Refinishing and Coating The Bamboo Floors
The top coating can get worn out from continuous use and accidents. In this case, refinishing the bamboo floor is a great answer to solve this issue. You can also rejuvenate your whole house in the process of re-coating. Since, the bamboo floor is comparatively easier than refinishing hardwood flooring. You can do it on your own without the help of experts.
- First of all, sweep or vacuum the floor if there is any sand or dirt on the surface.
- Rent or buy a disc floor sander from the hardware store to sand the top layer of the floor. It comes with how to use instructions that can help you to follow it accordingly.
- Coat the polyurethane evenly by pushing it gently using both hands. After sanding, sweep the floor once again.
- Using a roller, apply another coat of polyurethane in an overlapping stroke.
- Let the area completely air dry.
- After 24 hours, once again sand the whole floor. Apply another coat of sealant using a paint roller.
- Let the room dry according to the need.
Note: Keep the room ventilated while applying a polyurethane coat. Wear safety gear like google and a well-filtered mask to prevent inhaling invisible dust particles.
Maintaining Humidity and Temperature Level in a Bamboo Floored Room
The constant change in the humidity in the weather can result in changes in the bamboo flooring. In the winter season, dry air can make the wood shrink and contract. While in the summertime, warm humid air can lead to overexposure to moisture on the bamboo plank. So, it is necessary to be well informed about the maintenance of humidity and temperature levels in the room.
Maintain the temperature level between 60 degrees to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This will prevent the floor from warping. In case of humidity, keep levels between 40 to 60%. You can also install a dehumidifier to keep moisture away from the space.
How To Prevent Future Damage
- Use doormats outside the door area to prevent dust, gravel, and other debris from entering the arena.
- Make your space a bare feet area or use a separate slipper for bamboo flooring spaces. Remove the exterior footwear before entering the room.
- In the case of the kitchen and bathroom, place rugs near the sink. It will prevent water from injecting into the cracks.
- Use felt caps or rubber caps under the furniture to prevent the floor from getting scratched.
- Lower the risk of discoloration by installing curtains and blinds to save the floor from UV rays.
- Avoid the use of rubber or latex rugs as they can build up moisture.
- Seal the surface with polyurethane, it will reduce future damage by making it scuff resistant.
- Clip your pet’s nails to stop them from scratching the floor.