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How to Clean Bamboo Flooring

How To Clean Bamboo Flooring

Gorgeous, environmentally friendly and more water resistant than traditional woods, bamboo flooring is a popular choice for New York City’s luxury apartments. To ensure it looks great for years, learn how to properly care for it.

Bamboo is a sustainable resource that grows back quickly, so it’s a good alternative to hardwood trees that take much longer. It’s also very easy to maintain.

Daily Cleaning

Dirt that gets tracked into your home will eventually damage your flooring if not removed. Plus, it looks unsightly and feels gritty under bare feet. Use a soft-bristled broom to sweep up small particles and debris. You can also use a vacuum cleaner to clean bamboo, but don’t use the beater bar. It can damage the floor.

Removing Spills

While bamboo is more moisture tolerant than traditional hardwoods, don’t let spills sit on your flooring. Bamboo is porous and can absorb the liquid, causing a stain that’s impossible to remove. Wipe the soiled area immediately with a soft cloth, sponge or a dry mop.


To clean the floor’s surface more thoroughly than sweeping, use a damp mop or a specially formulated hardwood floor cleaner. Never use a wet mop or allow water to pool, as this could warp your floor. To make a more environmentally friendly yet highly effective cleaner, mix 1/4 cup vinegar with a quart of water.

Deeper Cleaning

If you need to remove set-in spills, all you’ll need is a damp rag or sponge and the appropriate cleaner. Don’t use a cleaning product that’s alkaline based, has abrasive particles or contains wax, bleach, ammonia or oil. Do not use a rough cleaning tool, like steel wool or wire brush, to clean the floor.

Other tips to keep bamboo floors looking great:

  • Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes.
  • Keep pets’ nails trimmed.
  • Limit direct sunlight.

We’d love to help keep your bamboo floors in great shape. Our experienced housekeepers know the right way to clean your floor safely and effectively, whether you opt for traditional cleaning products or environmentally friendly alternatives.