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How to Care for a Bamboo Floor

Sweeping Bamboo Floor

Bamboo flooring has strength and durability along with the aesthetics many people are looking for when choosing flooring for their homes or businesses. After the installation process, it is important to take proper care of the bamboo flooring to ensure it lasts a long time and maintains its beauty with age. Understanding proper cleaning, care, and maintenance of a bamboo floor before installing it is one way to make sure this happens.

Keeping Bamboo Floors Clean

Keeping bamboo floors clean is not too different from cleaning other types of flooring, but there are some differences to be noted.

Shoes and Mats

To avoid issues with dirt, dust, and other potentially harmful items on the floor, do not allow shoes to be worn in the home. Use mats at doorways to help people remember to wipe their feet or take their shoes off before stepping onto the floor surface. Wear slippers in the home to protect feet from other dangers. Clean shoes and mats regularly to prevent the transfer of dust, dirt, pebbles, and other debris.

Protection in High Traffic Areas

Though bamboo flooring is highly durable and well suited for high traffic areas of a home or business, to prevent early signs of wear and tear, it is a good idea to use rugs in high traffic areas to protect the surface of the floor. Just as with mats and shoes, these rugs should be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent the transfer of debris onto the floor.

Taking Care of a Bamboo Floor

Taking care of a bamboo floor sounds more painful than it really is. With a few simple adjusts to the daily routine, it will become second nature in no time.

Keeping the Floor Dust and Moisture Free

Dust and dirt can scratch the surface of bamboo flooring over time, so it is important to sweep frequently. It is necessary to use a soft cloth or pad to ensure that dust and dirt are removed from the floor rather than pushed around it.

Using a damp mop from time to time is a completely acceptable method of cleaning and caring for a bamboo floor, though because bamboo floors cannot handle large amounts of moisture, it is important to be sure the mop is not too wet.

Cleaning Spills

Clean spills as soon as they happen to prevent moisture from seeping into the flooring. Do not use any abrasive materials, such as pot scrubbers or steel wool, to clean the spill because these fibers can scratch the surface of the flooring. If there is an oily spill, it will need immediate attention, as this could potentially cause a stain on the flooring. Dry the floor immediately after the spill has been cleaned.

Cleaning Products for Bamboo Floors

Do not use any commercial cleaning products on a bamboo floor. This can lead to damage on the floor. No harsh chemicals or other cleaning agents need to be used on the floor because sweeping is generally the most effective way to clean it.

Tips for Cleaning Bamboo Floors

To maximize time spent cleaning the floors and prevent the most damage, here are a few tips to help with cleaning the floors.

Clean Bamboo Floors Every Week

The easiest way to ensure proper care of the flooring is to clean it once a week. While there should be daily maintenance done at some point every day, giving all flooring surfaces a thorough cleaning each week keeps the floors in optimal condition.

Use a solution made of one quarter cup of white vinegar and one quart of water to clean the floors each week. This is a natural solution that will not harm the finish of the flooring. Harsh detergents and chemicals will eat away at the protective finish of the flooring, weakening it over time.

Cleaning Stubborn Spills

For spills that are gooey or sticky, remove as much as possible with a dry cloth or towel. Wipe any remaining spill with a damp cloth, making sure not to scrub because this will push the material down into the flooring surface. Blot the sticky or gooey spot several times until the spill is gone and dry immediately with a soft cloth to prevent further damage. The sooner a spill is attended to the less likely it is to stain or cause damage to the surface.

Maintenance of Bamboo Floors

Ongoing maintenance is the best way to care for the bamboo floors in a home or business. Cleaning the floor surfaces regularly and taking precautionary measures with shoes, rugs, and mats will prevent damage and preserve the beauty and condition of the floor.

Daily Maintenance

Be sure to sweep the floor with a soft cloth broom at least once a day. If possible, once in the morning and once in the evening, or after periods of high traffic is even better. If something is spilled on the floor, take care of it immediately. Dust and dirt left on the floor for long periods of time will get pushed around as people walk through the room, causing it to create minute scratches in the finish. Over time, these scratches will diminish the appearance of the floor, causing it to show its age.

Avoid Stiletto Heels or Athletic Spiked Shoes

While bamboo flooring is resistant to dents and scratches, it doesn’t mean it is impervious. Wearing stiletto heels or cleats in the home or business will wear the floor down much quicker, and leave it more susceptible to dents. The more frequently shoes such as those are worn, the more likely they will cause damage to the surface.

What steps do you follow to keep your floors clean?

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(42) Comments

  1. Can you use a steam mop on bamboo floors? That was what I was searching to find. If you can it would be helpful to add this to the comments on care of bamboo floors. Could you let me know? Thanks

    • Hi Linda,

      A steam mop is not recommended as it is a form of moisture. Slightly damp cloth is best. Use only light cleaning products that are urethane and aluminum oxide friendly. Cleaners which are specifically formulated for hardwood and bamboo floors are available through your local home improvement store .

      Here is the link for care and cleaning of bamboo floors, as you will find a lot of useful information here: http://learn.builddirect.com/bamboo-flooring/bamboo-floor-care/

      Cheers,
      Rodney

  2. We love our Bamboo floors but several months after installing (DIY) cracks/seperation developed in some areas between the planks. Is there a way to fix this or make it look better WITHOUT ripping up the floor? Thank you.

    • Hi Paula,

      Thank you for your inquiry. This is most likely a moisture issue though it is hard to make that conclusion without seeing photos of the product. I would recommend replacing individual planks where cracks/separation are visible.

      Thanks,

      Julian

  3. What is the best way to deal with scratches on my bamboo floor? Children, dogs and now having had some internal building work done, has left me with surface scratches and dents while the polished surface has become dull. Please advise.

    • Hi Sheena,

      Thanky ou for your inquity. Unfornuately it is not recommended to use any type of wax or shine for the bamboo floor as doing so can negatively affect the appearance of the flooring.

      Rodney

  4. We find that a spray bottle filled with warm water and a flat mop work pretty well for cleaning, but we often have smudges from bare feet that do not come up very well. What should we use instead?

  5. My cleaning lady use too much Quick Shine on my bamboo floors, now they look shiny in some areas and dull in others. How can I get this off my bamboo floors?

  6. Someone moved th fridge over the floor leaving depressions in the floor. Is there any way of lessening the depressions to make them less visible?

  7. I too would like to know how to remove a product I used (Mop and Glo). I think it left a residue which shows every footprint. My floor didn’t do that before I used this. I would like to remove that cleaner and start over.

  8. My contractor installed the flooring and THEN painted the walls and ceiling (go figure). Then he attempted to clean the paint drips using Goof-Off, then paint thinner. What a mess. What would you recommend?

  9. Half of my bamboo floor in the dining room feels sticky. I only wipe floor with soft cloth and water, After traffic on the floor you can see foot prints. Any suggestions to take care ,of this problem.

  10. Bamboo floors are sticky, I use a soft cloth and just warm water to clean them. It is the section of the floor that is not walked on very much. Any suggestions to solve this problem.

  11. We had bamboo flooring installed last summer. It is very hard to keep looking nice. I use Bono Floor Cleaner and Bono Floor Polish on it but it only looks nice for a very short time and then looks dull again and very little drop of water leaves a mark. It’s in our kitchen den and hallway. It is very hard to keep up. What is wrong?

  12. I also used mop & glow on my floors. It said it was for wood floors but left residue.
    How do I get that off ?
    It has come off in places that is high traffic but you can see where it is still on in other places.
    It actually looks dirty where that stuff is still on.
    All help would be grateful
    Melva Hawkins

  13. My bamboo floor has 2mm gaps on the ends of planks in 20% of the home , I don’t think the floor was layed properly.
    The installer said that fine

  14. How can you cover the nail holes left when floor was installed. Wood putty will not stay in the holes. Do you have any suggestions. I have been cleaning my bamboo floors with Bona for wood floors. Should I stop and go to vinegar and water? Thank you.

  15. We are considering bamboo flooring versus hard wood. We already use natural alkaline essential oils in our carpet shampooer and cleaning tile floors. doTERRA Certified Therapeutic Oils not only help with health problems but also the most amazing product to clean with. No chemicals…. So #1. We mix vinegar water and pure lemon OIL in a spray bottle and it cleans our bathrooms, showers, kitchen counters, toilets and floors..Although it is Pure… I know potent…but diluted with water is amazing. Would we be able to continue to use this mixture on bamboo flooring? we also have another natural oil mixture called OnGuard that has several oils to kill mold ,mildew and just every thing germ filled and dirty. No chemicals and all alkaline..Suggestion?? If ok and we have good results we will will post and share.. O and also an insect and rodent deterrent.

  16. I’d like to know what is the most durable and scratch-resistant type of laminate flooring available on the market today? I saw some beautiful manufactured flooring in a new construction home that was dark in color and had wood grain. It was water resistant and did not scratch. At the time, I was unable to determine the type of laminate or manufactured flooring but would like to pursue this for our home.

    Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.

  17. my bamboo floor is separating in a number of placing; The owner of the co. where I bought it came over and pushed it back together said it was doing that because of heat and humidity in the house is that true? I also have one board that is lifting on the end?

  18. I’ve had bamboo floor for about 5 years I love it and it is held up real well.
    I use mixture of white vinegar and water to clean. It does show footprints
    And smudges easily but comes up no problem .

  19. So was cleaning my Dad’s floor, all bamboo, with a damp cloth, noticed this build up, its that craptastic mop n glow…he had no idea mom past away…so am now here taking care of him…problem is I am having is I cant for my life of get it off…but no answer from you guys…so maybe this help all you guys out …. 1/4 cup Lysol with no bleach, 1 cup amonia, 1/2 gallon water. Wet and mop…havent tried it yet, but am going to let you know how it goes….hope this helps….am going to call mop and glow now…very upset at them.

  20. According to mfg. never use any type of wax or cleaning products on bamboo flooring. One quart of water with a 1/4 cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray lightly and mop with a micro fiber mop. Bamboo is subject to scratches. High traffic areas should be dry mopped daily.
    Never use a bristle broom etc. Hope this helps.

  21. Our bamboo floor always looks dull and dirty. We sweep everyday and mop with a damp mop once a week with only water. I tried a mop and glow type product and it looked good for a couple of days but never shiny. Just looked cleaner. What should I do? The floor is only 6 months old.

  22. I have a bamboo floor and after two years it still looks pretty good. I certainly do not sweep or mop daily (as suggested by one company) who does? I have an Enjo floor mop and, as suggested by the guy who lay the floor, I add a couple of drops of Eucalyptus oil to the warm water and that is all.

    • Hi Anita,

      Factory finished bamboo does not require waxing at all. So, one way would be to not wax it. But, if that’s already happened, try a solution of one part vinegar in two parts of warm water. Let the solution sit on one small area of your floor until such time as you feel the wax will dissolve – we’re talking in minutes here. Then, use a rag or mop to immediately absorb *all* of the moisture. Then, move onto another area of your floor until you’re done.

      For maintenance after that, avoid the wax, and do a weekly dry or damp mopping of your floor to keep it looking pristine. I hope this helps!

  23. It doesn’t seem what I do, the lovely clear sheen on my Bamboo Floor soon becomes smudged again whenever walked on – weather that be in shoes, slippers or socks. Do you have a recommendation regarding this.

  24. Havent seen many answers here lately….will leave a question maybe it will get answered my bamboo flooring has no shine…gets dirty instantly…feet shoe whatever marks always present ..How can i give it shine and what helps with footprints

  25. Can I use the New Hoover Floormate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner Model # FH40160 $139.00? Using 1/4 cup white Vinegar mixed with a gallon of distilled water or tap water. They say it is Designed to deliver a deep clean while gently and safely washing, scrubbing and drying you sealed hard floor. It vacuums up the water in a separate tank. http://www.hoover.com If so is there floor clear safe to use? Or use Vinegar water mix. Thanks and have a great day. Seems like a easy way to clean the floors if it is ok and will not damage the wood. They also make a cordless one too.

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi William,

      I actually would not recommend using the Hoover floor cleaner for a bamboo floor. You never know how a specific solution is going to react with the finish of a floor. I do not recommend using any vinegar for that exact reason.

      You are better off vacuuming/sweeping the floor, and spot cleaning with a damp cloth if needed.

  26. Is it recommended to use an office mat for my chair (has plastic rollers), or does that cause more problems (dirt buildup, scratching)? Thanks

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Faith,

      Although it is not required, it is definitely a good idea to help preserve your bamboo floor. It would not cause any issues with the floor to use an office mat.

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