How to Clean Bamboo Floors

Just because life is messy doesn’t mean your floors need to be messy too. Most hardwood flooring has a bad rep for having rigorous care requirements. However, bamboo flooring is surprisingly easy to clean, and care doesn’t require special equipment.

Here is how to clean bamboo floors so you enjoy their natural beauty for years to come.

clean bamboo floors daily with dust mop or broom

How to Clean Bamboo Floors Daily

In a house filled with people and pets, you’ll likely track a bit of the outdoors inside each day.

Simply sweep or dust mop your floors to pick up the fur and dirt tracked in on shoes.

Clean up spills the minute you find them with a dry or damp cloth. Don’t use cleaning products that contain mineral spirits.

Weekly Bamboo Flooring Care

At least once a week, run the vacuum over the floors. Never use a rotary or beater brush attachment when vacuuming floors. Always use the bare floor setting.

Cats in shark costumes are optional. Vacuuming is not.

Natural, horsehair brushes provide softer, more gentle cleaning than their nylon counterparts. No matter what type of hard floor you have, opt for horsehair brushes over nylon for your hard floor attachments.

Monthly Care

At least once a month (and more often if floors receive high traffic), clean bamboo floors with a pH-neutral cleaning product specifically for bamboo or wood floors.

Bam-Brite bamboo floor cleaner

Look for Bam-Brite, Bona, or Swiffer hardwood cleaning products. You don’t need to go crazy here, less is always more when using cleaners. If you dissolve a concentrate and mop with a string or sponge mop, make sure you wring the mop thoroughly before using it on the floor.

If you aren’t sure if about a floor cleaner, test it out in a corner of a room or on a plank in the floor of a closet.

clean bamboo floors with rug and chair featuring textured surfaces
Always use breathable pads under rugs

Bamboo Floor Cleaning and Maintenance Do’s

In addition to following the easy-care schedule, here are a few other things to do to keep your bamboo floors clean and beautiful.

  • Always use rug pads under your rugs and mats under your rolling chairs.
  • Select natural rubber or felt rug pads that breathe to prevent moisture build-up.
  • Pick chair mats that are designed for use specifically on hardwood floors.
  • Keep indoor humidity constant between 40% – 60%.
  • Protect against ultraviolet light. All hardwood floors will change color over time when exposed to ultraviolet light. Use draperies or film on your windows to reduce UV light exposure.
  • Give your steam cleaner to a neighbor, friend, or family member. You won’t be using it on your bamboo floors – so do find it a good home.
Water Spill Resistant Flooring
Whether you cry over it or not, wipe up spilled milk and other liquids quickly

Bamboo Floor Cleaning and Maintenance Don’ts

Bamboo flooring is tough, but it isn’t indestructible. Please don’t do these things if you want your bamboo flooring to look great for years to come.

  • Never use any type of steam cleaner on your bamboo floors. Even the ones that are supposed to be “safe” for wood floors can damage bamboo and wood flooring.
  • Don’t allow water or any other liquid to sit or pond on your floors. Follow this rule to protect the flooring and the finish.
  • Prevent fluctuations in humidity and don’t get it to get too dry or too humid. Keep humidity between 40% and 60% all year long.
  • Avoid cleaning products with oils, waxes, or furniture polish. It may go without saying, but we are going to say it anyway – don’t clean bamboo flooring with abrasives cleansers.

Notice how the list of things not to do is short? That’s because bamboo flooring really is easy to own, easy to clean, and easy to keep looking beautiful.

That makes bamboo flooring right at home in any type of home.


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