Maintenance and cleaning for bamboo flooring is similar to that of traditional hardwood floors. Keeping your floors looking shiny and smooth requires a fairly regular cleaning and care-taking routine, but this does not have to be overly time consuming so long as you do it regularly. Bamboo has similar properties to wood and can be easily stained and damaged if the appropriate precautions are not taken.
The most basic cleaning is oriented around spills. Spilling is an inevitable occurrence so it is important to know how to deal with them. If the spill is a liquid, simply use a soft dry rag to remove the substance from the bamboo’s surface. Follow up by using dry paper towels to wipe the area clean- and be sure to wipe and not rub.
Stickier substances require a slightly different clean up process for your bamboo floor. First, you’ll want to remove the majority of the substance by simply lifting it off the surface with a dry rag or paper towel. Follow this up by wiping it clean with a damp rag; again, be sure not to rub because this can force the substance into the bamboo and cause a stain.
It is important to protect your bamboo floor from daily ware and tear, good protection will make cleaning much easier. Placing throw rugs and mats in high traffic areas is a great way to add style to your bamboo flooring while protecting from the heavy foot traffic. It is also a wise investment to to cover the wheels of rolling furniture with rubber casters made specifically for that furniture, and to place felt spacers on the bottoms of table legs, books shelves, and desks. These things will help to eliminate damage from scratches and scuff marks.
Daily cleaning should involve a dust mop or soft bristled floor vacuum to remove hair, dust, and dirt. This can be accomplished quickly and easily with a dust mop; when done daily it only takes a few minutes to a quick, once-over on your bamboo flooring.
Weekly cleaning should incorporate mopping with a mixture of white vinegar and warm water. Using a damp cloth or mop-head, apply the mixture to small areas at a time so that you can dry as you go. Never completely saturate your bamboo floor because this can cause water damage.
Finally, buffing the floor every six to eight months will help to keep up the beautiful luster provided by bamboo flooring. Renting an electric buffer is usually the easiest way to go about this, and it should be done after a good cleaning so as not to buff any unwanted materials in the surface of the bamboo.