Bamboo flooring is an increasingly popular option. It’s easy to see why. This type of flooring is attractive, easy to maintain and eco-friendly. However, though it looks similar to traditional hardwood, caring for bamboo flooring is somewhat different.
Tips for keeping bamboo flooring looking like new
1. Remove dirt and debris daily. Bamboo flooring is softer and prone to marking than traditional hardwood. That means that dirt and debris left on the floor can easily cause scratches when walked on. To avoid this from happening, you should sweep your floor daily with a soft-bristle broom or a vacuum with an attachment designed for hardwood floors.
2. Wipe up any spills promptly. Bamboo is also more porous than most hard woods and will absorb any liquids or moisture allowed to remain on the floor. Light-colored bamboo flooring can also be stained by things like red wine. Avoid this by cleaning up any spills quickly. You’ll also want to avoid walking on your bamboo floor with wet shoes or snowy boots. Best to leave your outdoor footwear by the door or in the mud room.
3. Avoid abrasive cleaning products and tools. Bamboo flooring can be damaged by water and abrasion. That means not using a steam cleaner on it or attempting to polish it with a paste wax or furniture polish. In addition, you’ll want to avoid cleaners that contain ammonia. These can cause irreparable damage to your floor. Instead, opt for a ph neutral wood floor cleaning spray that will clean your floor without leaving any residue or streaks. Make sure to instruct your cleaning staff on how to which products to use on your floor.
Bamboo flooring, properly cared for, can last for several decades. Keep your floor looking like new by sweeping daily, being diligent about cleaning up any spills or moisture and instructing your cleaning staff on the use of bamboo-friendly cleaning products.