Bamboo floors are widely used in offices and homes with various shades ranging from dark caramel hues to natural light shades. They add natural beauty to the floor making them the most preferred flooring methods. The popularity of bamboo products is not only because of their beauty, but they are also widely used since they are easy to clean and maintain. and are environmentally friendly.
Due to their aesthetic value, bamboo floors are very valuable, and you’ll not mind spending a lot of money to get your floor looking beautiful and natural. However, after spending both your time and money getting the elegant bamboo floor, you won’t want it to wear out easily due to poor maintenance. These tips will help you take care of your floor and show you a sample of how to clean bamboo floors.
The best way to clean bamboo floors
1. Clean regularly
You should use hard surface vacuums to sweep or vacuum your bamboo on regular basis. Cleaning often will prevent sand, dirt or grit from piling up on the floor.
2. Minimize water use
Bamboo floors are sensitive to moisture and can easily get damaged if exposed to excess water during cleaning. Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft attachment to get rid of dirt and grit. You can also use dry dust mob or a microfiber mob.
3. Soak spills immediately
Spills can easily destroy your floor. Ensure you soak and wipe out spills immediately. Damp a soft cloth with water and use it to wipe out the spills. While doing so, avoid squeezing out extra water from the damp cloth on the floor.
4. Use only bamboo cleaners
If you must use cleaners, go for those that are specifically made for bamboo floors. The cleaning products that are recommended by the supplier have balanced PH levels which are best for cleaning your floor.
How not to clean your bamboo floor
1. Avoid wet mops
Using wet mops on your bamboo floor can cause water to stand on some corners of the floor. If water stays there for a long time, it can cause permanent damage.
2. Avoid brushes
Brushing your floor can cause scratches and damage it. Use a soft cloth or a microfiber cloth when cleaning.
3. Avoid wax and soap
Your bamboo floor doesn’t require cleaning with wax because it will only catch debris and dirt. This will only make your floor look dingy and dirty. Oil soap products are also not recommended because they peel off the protective layer from the planks.
Best maintenance tips
1. Avoid scratching the floor
You should try as much as you can to avoid scratching the floor. Keep your pet nails trimmed so that they don’t use them to scratch on the floor. You should also avoid walking on the floor with shoes, especially high heels. If you can’t remove your shoes, ensure you clean them to get rid of sand or small stones that get stuck in the soles as they can scratch the floor.
2. Cover the floor areas
Covering the floor areas with a mat or a rug can help maintain the areas that you regularly step on. When choosing the rugs to use on your bamboo floor, choose those that are made from breathable material as they will prevent moisture entrapment on the floor. Avoid rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings.
3. Avoid direct sunlight
Use curtains and blinds on areas that are exposed to sunlight. Exposure to long periods of direct sunlight causes the floor to lose its natural color. If you want to prevent your bamboo floor from fading and losing its natural beauty, avoid direct sunlight at all costs.
4. Do not drug the furniture on the floor
Whenever you need to remove or move a piece of furniture, ensure you lift and carry it so that it doesn’t scratch the floor. Use protective caps on your furniture and fix rolling furniture with soft rubber casters.
5. Use dehumidifier
High humidity levels can easily crack the planks of your floor, while low humidity levels can shrink the planks. It’s advisable that you use dehumidifier often to keep the humidity level between 30 to 50%. The relative humidity on an average indoor climate should be within a range of +/-20%.
6. Change rugs and furniture positions regularly
When you cover one area of the floor for a long time, it will retain its original color. While others might think this is a good thing, it’s not really the case. The uncovered areas will fade with time and if the covered area maintains its natural look, the floor will not look uniform and the beauty won’t be there anymore.
Common questions about bamboo floor care
How can I maintain my bamboo floor from wear?
Regular cleaning of your floor prevents dust and dirt from piling up hence maintains your floor. Also, use rugs at the entrance to prevent debris from getting to the floor.
Can I fix a scratch on my floor?
Yes. If you have a white scratch, you can repair it easily using a flooring cleaner. For a deeper scratch, you can use a white polishing pad to light buff and shine the dull areas.
What are the best environmental conditions for my floor?
Humidity levels for your bamboo floor should be at a range of 40% to 60% with temperature ranging between 60 to 80 degrees. You can maintain the appropriate humidity level for your bamboo floor by using dehumidifiers.
Regular cleaning and maintenance of your bamboo floors will not only make them look beautiful, but they will also last longer and be of good value for your money. Following the simple tips above will do wonders to your floors. Alternatively, you can find useful care and maintenance tips from the manufacturer.
The instructions from the manufacturer are very important as they understand their products better and will give you the best information. If you can’t find the information you need from the manufacturer, you should consider asking the supplier to give you tips on how to clean your bamboo floor so that you avoid making any mistakes that can result to damage.