Bamboo flooring is becoming increasingly popular as an eco-friendly choice for homeowners. As a sustainable and durable floor, bamboo is also a great cost-effective alternative to solid wood. At Zealsea we have a large range of timber flooring as well as bamboo flooring to ensure you will be able to find the perfect choice for your home.
Bamboo flooring has a strong aesthetic appeal as it can transform an entire space with the contemporary and modern atmosphere it produces. When bamboo flooring is maintained correctly, it can last for extended periods of time without having to be replaced. If you have installed a new bamboo floor in your house, you will be delighted to see how it complements your furniture, walls, and entire interior design. To ensure your bamboo flooring’s lifespan is prolonged and continues to look great within your home, it’s important to provide proper maintenance and care to the floor.
We thought we’d share everything you need to know about correct bamboo floor maintenance to keep your floors looking as if they are brand new.
Although cleaning bamboo floors not too difficult, it’s better to prevent any wear and tear prior to it occurring. Installing floor protection on the bottom of your furniture helps prevents scratches and damage caused by furniture being moved or used. This will also help bulky items be moved easily when having to clean your floors thoroughly and ensure damage isn’t done during the process of the furniture moving. When cleaning a room full of furniture, the easiest option is to move the furniture to one side of the room, clean the empty space and repeat the process on the other side.
Another way of preventing dirt and damage to bamboo flooring is by installing doormats to help avoid dirt and grime being brought through your home and onto the flooring. Particles, dirt and dirt brought in from the outside can cause considerable damage to the floor over time, so along with doormats, it is important to clean those spaces regularly.
2. Clean the Floor Using a Vacuum or Dust Collecting Mop
Now that preventative measures are in place to protect your bamboo flooring during the cleaning process the first step is sweeping dirt and other particles from your bamboo floors with a soft-bristled broom, dust collecting mop or vacuum cleaner. Following the bamboo grains during this process will maximise your efforts and collect as much loose dirt as possible. Although this step needs to be completed prior to other steps to ensure a clear base, sweeping bamboo flooring can also be done daily to help prevent dirt from damaging your flooring. A tip for this step is to ensure that you don’t use abrasive tools on your bamboo flooring because although it is extremely durable it is still susceptible to scratching if poor quality cleaning equipment is used often.
3. Remove Stains
Now it’s time to look for areas of the floor that may have dried dirt or stains on them. If any are found it’s best to clean these areas with a damp sponge or microfiber cloth. For more difficult stains you may need to use an approved bamboo flooring cleaner to help lift them from the surface. Your floor should also be cleaned of the plank joints of your bamboo flooring, where stubborn dirt likes to hide.
Wipe the overflow area to remove the remaining dirt. If a damp cloth is not enough to remove the stain, you can add a small amount of the approved bamboo cleaning solution to the cloth. Use water to moisten the cleaning cloth and then wipe the solution on the surface. Next, rub the spot to get rid of the stain. Make sure to avoid wax and oil soap when aiming to remove stains as these products can leave your flooring looking dirty and stripped of protective coatings.
4. Mop The Area
Now that all the excess dirt and stains have been removed it’s time to mop your bamboo flooring. Soak your mop with an appropriate bamboo flooring cleaning solution and then wring the mop out until it is barely damp. Start wiping the floor in a gentle straight pattern that follows the texture of the bamboo. After this, you can wipe the floor with a dry clean, soft towel to remove excess water and avoid stains on the bamboo. You can also try regular stain cleansing, as this is the best way to keep your floor new and shiny. For this step, it’s important to use a regular mop instead of a steam mop as these mops use heat which pushes moisture deep into the bamboo causing irreplaceable water damage.
5. Spot Cleaning
A thorough clean ensures that your bamboo flooring looks its best but cleaning the floors regularly can be tiring and quickly and become very time-consuming. Instead of having to complete an entire thorough clean each time, spot cleaning is also a practical solution for bamboo flooring. Sweeping high traffic areas of your home daily prevents dirt from spreading across the flooring as well as prevents scratching caused by dirt particles.
In the event of a spill, care must also be taken to wipe it off so that the water does not penetrate the floor. Specific cleaning oils can also be used on bamboo flooring to enhance colour, grain, and durability. It is important to ensure the correct oils are being used in this instance, but our friendly staff can help advise you of the best choice for your home.
If you’re after more information regarding bamboo flooring maintenance, get in contact with our team today. We can assist with any questions you may have about your bamboo flooring.