Bamboo flooring is a uniquely beautiful, safe and sustainable alternative to traditional hardwood. To keep your eco-friendly flooring looking their best, and to extend their longevity, you’ll want to give them a little TLC and ongoing maintenance.
Here are our five top tips for keeping your bamboo floors in tip top shape.
Keep them Clean
Start with the basics:
- Vacuum and sweep your flooring regularly.
- Using a soft (preferably microfiber) cloth to wipe your floors and dusting gently will help keep them in tip top shape.
- Be sure to address any spills or wear right away.
- Avoid cleaners with abrasive ingredients and/or acidic ingredients, such as baking soda or vinegar. Ideally, you should use a cleaner specifically formulated for use on bamboo flooring.
A common mistake that people often make is not mopping up spills as soon as they occur. Bamboo can be very absorbent, making moisture a major red flag. Unlike tile flooring, bamboo (and other hardwoods) should never be wet-mopped or steam cleaned. Too much water will cause flooring to swell and cup.
Use Extra Protection for High Traffic Areas
Entryways and gathering spaces, such as the living room and kitchen, are especially vulnerable to damage. For a little extra protection, lay down a durable rug with non-abrasive or felt backing to keep the wear and tear off the floors. Be sure to check the backing on your rugs as some materials can react with certain floor finishes, discolouring or causing the finish to become dull.
Mind Your Feet
Furniture legs, such as those on chairs and tables, can scratch and gouge the surface of bamboo floors over time. Install wood guards on the feet of furniture to help protect your flooring.
Be cautious when moving heavy furniture or appliances. Always pick up the item rather than slide it across the floor.
Watch Your Step
One of the biggest causes of damage to flooring in general is wearing shoes indoors. Not only can your shoes track mud and dirt inside, any grit that has been trapped in the tread of your shoes can cause scratches to bamboo flooring that can be difficult to remove.
Footwear, like high heels or stilettoes, are especially hard on most flooring. To avoid pits, dents or dimpling on your bamboo floors be sure to slip off the heels at the door.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
Use sheer drapes, curtains or blinds to limit direct sunlight on your floor. Sunlight will cause naturally light colors to darken, and dark colors to lighten due to the UV rays. Stained colors will also be affected by the sunlight.
For more guidance on caring for bamboo floors, our team of experts is here to help. With over 60 years’ experience in the home finishing industry, our team has extensive, unparalleled expertise to help you bring your dream space to life with tons of great product lines.
Contact our team at The Finishing Store & Millworks or visit us in Victoria or Nanaimo for more tips, tools and advice on bamboo floors!