Bamboo floors are some of the most beautiful, durable, and eco-friendly choices of flooring on the market. But, as with hardwood floors, there are specific ways you should maintain them to keep them looking as beautiful as the day they were installed.
Clean After Installation
After your floors have first been installed, you’ll want to take a dampened mop and give them a nice once over. Make sure the mop is not sopping wet, only damp, and use a no-wax floor cleaner that is specifically made for hardwood floors. It’s best not to use any kind of toxic, harsh cleaners, only environmentally-friendly products.
Keep Your Floors Free from Dust and Dirt
You’ll want to regularly dust your floors with either a dust mop, a broom that has soft bristles, or you can use a vacuum, just be sure to use a soft attachment with it.
Wipe Up Spills Immediately
Unlike ceramic tile floors or vinyl flooring that can take some abuse, bamboo should be treated gently. This means if you should spill a beverage or food on your bamboo flooring, wipe it up immediately using a damp cloth or paper towel. Simply wet it and ring it out well to wipe up any mess.
Always Follow Directions
When you are using wood floor cleaners that call for the solution to be mixed with water, always follow the directions exactly as stated.
Getting Rid of Scuff Marks
Unless you’re one of those households where everyone takes their shoes off at the door, you’ll most likely get heel or scuff marks from time to time. To remove these, gently rub the area with a soft cloth and wood floor cleaner until the mark is gone.
One of the biggest things that can really mar your floors is dirt and sand that is dragged in from outside. Always have mats at your doors. It never hurts to have a mat on the outside of your door as well as on the immediate inside so everyone can give their shoes a good wiping.
While you don’t have to go overboard and not allow anyone in your house to wear shoes, it is a good idea that high heeled shoes not be worn inside as the heels can easily scratch and scrape the bamboo.
Area Rugs are Your Floor’s Friend
In high traffic areas such as hallways and the front entryway, it’s a good idea to lay some area rugs down, preferably rugs that are colorfast and non-scratching.
Use Floor Protectors
Install floor protectors under all of your furniture legs, making sure they are large enough to distribute the weight of the furniture evenly. For furniture with wheels, make sure they are made with hardened-plastic casters at least 2” in width.
Lift Never Slide
When moving furniture, always lift never slide across the surface of the floor. If this means having to ask friends or neighbors to help you, do so, your floors will thank you.
Mind Your Pet’s Claws
If you’re a pet owner, make sure to keep their claws nice and trimmed so they won’t scratch and gouge the floors.
Bamboo Doesn’t Like Moisture
Like other hardwoods, bamboo can warp if exposed to too much moisture, this includes humidity. If you live in a humid area, it’s a good idea to invest in a dehumidifier to maintain humidity levels between 30 – 50%.
When in Doubt, Go the Gentle Route
Never use oil soap, abrasive cleaners, or harsh detergents on your bamboo floor as these will scratch easily. Always be as gentle as you can with your floors and they’ll stay beautiful for years to come.