Keeping bamboo floors clean
All that is required to maintain bamboo floors is frequent sweeping, and
keeping moisture levels to a minimum. Techniques for cleaning bamboo floors
are almost the same as for other types of hardwood flooring. Bamboo also needs
fewer chemicals to clean or repair it, which is a plus for environmentally
Regular cleaning of bamboo floors can actually contribute to its long
life. A slightly damp mop occasionally, with regular sweeping and/or a vacuum
with a padded cleaning head can easily clean a bamboo floor.With
standard cleaning and moping, you can clear the everyday dust and dirt which
can scratch the finish of the bamboo floor.
Bamboo is moisture resistant due to its tropical origin, but still it should
not be cleaned with a lot of water. The mop should be "damp", not dripping with
water. Moisture, oil or other elements can cause stubborn stains. Spills and
oily substances should be wiped by a gentle scrub with a soft damp cloth. Also,
items like harsh detergents, acidic cleaners and scouring pads can damage the
finish of a bamboo floor, so their use should be avoided.
Another way to prevent the presence of abrasive materials brought in on your
shoes or your pets is to use doormats or rugs at entrances. These mats prevent
pebbles, dirt, moisture, grains of sand, and fragments of glass and debris from
being tracked onto your bamboo floor and causing scratches. For this
reason, mats should also be cleaned and the wearing of shoes/boots should be
considered carefully on your bamboo floors. This will reduce the amount of dirt
and grit which can be transferred from a mat.
Many products that are used for cleaning hardwood flooring can also be
considered for cleaning for bamboo floors. Wax is an exception which is
not applicable, as it can affect the surface of the bamboo floor. But these
cleaning agents should be used after consulting or per advice of the
manufacturer. Local flooring professionals or Do-it-yourself (DIY) retailers
can also help you select the suitable options. Always read the labels of any
products you buy and follow all directions carefully.