Like other hardwood floors, bamboo flooring needs good care and maintenance to look its best and stay durable. Cleaning of bamboo floors is one easy process that should be done periodically to get rid of dust, spills, stains and scuff marks. Here is how to clean bamboo floors safely.
How often to clean a bamboo flooring
Basically, cleaning should be done on regular basis depending on the usage of the floor. Daily cleaning is appropriate for areas with high traffic such as kitchen, hallways and rooms used for playing by children. Spills and wet spots need to be cleaned up immediately to prevent stains and warping of the floor.
On a monthly basis, mopping with a suitable hardwood floor cleaner helps in removing sticky dirt, bad smell and other light stains from the floor. Remember to follow product label instructions and test the cleaner on a small hidden area first.
Dust and other tiny debris of dirt should be vacuumed or swept using a soft bristle broom. If left on the floor for long, these hard tiny particles of dirt and sand can dig into the finish of the floor causing dents and scratches. Dirty floors can also feel slippery and look dull in appearance.
Cleaning is thus an essential maintenance practice that protects your bamboo from looking dull, keeps the surface finish intact and enhance the visual appeal of the floors. While it sounds simple, a wrong cleaning approach is as well capable of causing damages to your floors.
Although hard, a bamboo flooring is delicate when it comes to the type of cleaning products used. Using a vacuum that has a beater bar on bamboo floors will cause regrettable scratches. Flooding the floor with water or a cleaning solution will make it to swell, warp or twist.
How to Clean Bamboo Flooring
What you’ll Need
- A vacuum clean without a beater bar
- Soft bristle broom and a dust pan
- Microfiber dust mop
- Clean microfiber rag or sponge
- Hardwood floor cleaner such as bona
- Distilled white vinegar
- Mop bucket and a dry towel
1. Cleaning spills
Soak up any liquid spills immediately with a sponge or dry microfiber rag. Follow with a water-dampen soft cloth. Wipe clean the spot or spill area and dry it with a clean soft towel.
2. Vacuum or sweeping
Use a vacuum that has a felt head, soft bristle broom or a dust mop to clean dust and any other dirt particles. Safely dispose the debris into a dust bin.
3. Stains removal
If you notice dried spills or surface stains after sweeping, simply dampen a microfiber cloth with warm water and rub the area. If the trick does not work, dampen a piece of cloth with a hardwood cleaning solution and gently rub the area to lift the stain. Follow with another clean cloth dampen with water to remove the cleaning solution and apply a soft towel to dry the area.
Ingrained stains may need a commercial stain remover or light sanding and refinish of the area. This applies to stains that have penetrated the finish into the wood. They are usually impossible to be removed by surface scrubbing.
Saturate a mop with an appropriate hardwood floor cleaner and wring out excess solution. Gently mop the floor in a circular pattern. Follow with a mop or rag dampen with clean water to rinse out the solution. Wipe the floor dry with a clean soft towel or let it air dry.
Can you use vinegar on bamboo floors?
Vinegar is a DIY cleaning solution that is safe, non-toxic and effective remover of dirt and stains. Unlike most commercial cleaning solutions that might be harsh on your floors, vinegar is all natural cleaner you can use on your bamboo flooring or any other hardwood floors.
Full-strength vinegar is still harsh on floors, thus you need to dilute it before using. Fill a clean bucket with one gallon of warm water and add a half (1/2) cup of white vinegar. Stir the mixture to form a solution.
Immerse a clean mop into the solution and wring it until it is damp-dry and mop your floors. Mop in the direction of the flooring boards. After mopping, use a soft clean towel to dry the floors.
Remember to rinse the mop head frequently and change your cleaning solution if it begins to look too dirty. Vinegar cleaner is gentle, anti-microbial and anti-odor thus no need to rinse it from the floor. Once done, you should have nice smelling, sparkling clean and shiny bamboo floors.
Can I use a Steam Mop on a Bamboo Floor?
Bamboo is a highly absorbent flooring material that will swell, warp or mold when immersed in water. Steam cleaning is likely to leave a film of water standing on your floor. Therefore, you should never use a steam mop on your bamboo flooring.
What to do after cleaning your bamboo floors
After a thorough cleaning, use doormats both inside and outside of entrances to keep dirt from being tracked onto the floors. Ask everyone to remove their shoes before entering the house to avoid tracking in dirt and causing scuff marks on the floor.