How to proper care and Clean your bamboo floors will ensure that you enjoy the beauty they provide in your home for decades.
So, what does proper care entail and how do you clean bamboo floors?
It will help if you dust mop your bamboo floors every other day to prevent dust and dirt from building up on the floor surface. Additionally, be sure you damp mop once a week with Bam-Brite Bamboo Floor Cleaner or an appropriate wood cleaner solution that is pH neutral such as Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner.
Keep reading as I’ll take you through, step by step, how exactly to clean your bamboo floors properly, and then answer other questions you are likely to have about bamboo floors.
How to Clean your Bamboo Floors without Streaks?
Damp mop your bamboo floors once a week by following these simple steps:
- Remove area rugs and small furniture for a clear space to work.
- Sweep or dust mop the floor thoroughly.
- Mix carefully your preferred cleaning solution.
- Soak your damp mop head or microfiber cloth in your preferred wood floor cleaner solution.
- Wring out the soaked mop head or microfiber cloth until it is merely damp. There should be no drips at all.
- Proceed to damp mop your bamboo floors. Work the damp mop in the same direction of the bamboo grain, not against or across.
- Once you’ve finished damp mopping a room, wipe down the floor with a dry clean towel or microfiber cloth before moving on to the next room.
Damp Mopping Tips:
- Open a window in the room to facilitate quick drying time.
- Be prepared to clean or switch out your damp mop head between rooms. You don’t want to be spreading grime from one room to another.
- If your cleaning solution is in a bucket, keep an eye on the solution in the bucket. Once the water solution turns cloudy or dirty it’s time to dump it out and start over.
Why Does My Bamboo Floor Look Dull and How to Prevent it?
Bamboo floors can look dull or hazy for a couple of reasons. I will explain cause and correlating action you can take to correct the condition.
Wrong cleaning product
If your bamboo floor is looking dull, you might be using the wrong cleaning product. Avoid any cleaners with ammonia, waxes, bleach, polishes, baking soda, vinegar, or other abrasive products.
Switch to Bam-Brite Bamboo Floor Cleaner Concentrate.
I recommend this product over other wood cleaner solutions because it is specifically formulated for bamboo floors and is produced by a bamboo flooring company.
For those of you that are cautious about the chemicals in your floor cleaners, with Bam-Brite you don’t need to worry. It is VOC free, acid free, phosphate free, biodegradable, and non-toxic.
If you prefer another hardwood cleaner, check to see if it has a neutral pH which will ensure it is gentle enough for your floor.
Another of the causes of streaks, residue, or haziness on your floors can be improper dilution of your cleaning product.
Read your cleaning solution instructions carefully.
For example; Bam-Brite can be diluted by pouring 4 oz. of concentrate into a 32 oz. spray bottle and then filling the remaining 28 oz. with water. Alternatively, add one capful of concentrate into a gallon bucket of warm water.
Dirt will damage bamboo floors
Dirt is so obvious and easy to overlook. However, it is entirely possible that your floors are looking dull because too much time is elapsing between cleanings. Dirt will cause your floor to look dull and worn.
Dust mop at least every other day. If you have pets or kids you may want to dust mop daily.
Frequent dust mopping is important because it prevents the buildup of dust and debris.
If dust and debris are left to build up on your floor, not only does it dull the appearance of your floors but it causes other problems as well, primarily scratches.
You may only be worried about scratches from moving furniture or dropping a heavy item. While you are right to be cautious in those regards, the truth is small scratches are often caused on hard floors from mundane dust and debris being rubbed against the floor’s surface by walking.
If you don’t already have a dust mop, take a look at my post, “10 Best Dust Mop for Hardwood Floors” and find the right one for you.
Extended sun exposure can cause your bamboo floors to fade
We need to prevent as much direct sun contact to your Bamboo floors as possible.
- Utilize area rugs when appropriate with the space and location.
- Consider window shades, blinds, or drapes to control amount of UV exposure. You probably appreciate having the sun shine through your house when you are around to enjoy it. However, drapes or shades can be closed to protect the floors when you aren’t in the room.
Read related blog post: How to clean Area Rug on Hardwood Floors?
They can dull with age, and with wear
Of course, you can’t do anything to prevent your bamboo floors from actually aging, but you can put time and thought into maintenance and prevention to keep signs of aging at bay. Here’s a few things you can do about that:
- Rearrange your furniture from time to time – Rearranging your furniture will expose new areas to high traffic while giving your old high traffic areas a rest.
- Use area rugs – Area rugs under large living room furniture and in high traffic hallways will help to protect your floors. Be sure there is no latex or rubber backing on the area rugs because those materials can trap moisture and damage the floor.
- Place door mats at your exterior entrances to the house – The less grit and debris brought into the house, the less there is that needs to be cleaned. Be sure your door mats are rubber free.
- Get a draft guard for your front door – The same premise for the door mat applies to a draft guard. You don’t have to clean what doesn’t come in your house.
- Take off your shoes – Cleats, heals, or muddy dusty boots and shoes can wear out a floor quickly. Make it routine for family members (and guests!) to remove their shoes before walking through the house.
Can you Clean Bamboo floors with Windex, Murphy’s Oil soap, Pine sol, Swiffer And Vinegar?
I treat Bamboo floors with same care as regular hardwood floors. They are delicate and we need to pay attention to cleaning products, we are using. You can use Murphy’s Oil Soap, Pine Sol, Swiffer and ammonia-free Windex for them but read instructions carefully and dilute properly with water or other recommendations written in their manual.
How do you remove wax buildup from bamboo floors?
If cleaning your floors with Bam-Brite bamboo floor cleaner doesn’t remove the wax buildup on your floors, try an inconspicuous spot with ammonia Windex.
However, if neither can’t remove it, you may test a vinegar and water solution on a hazy spot and see if it works.
If all this fails, you need to consider a complete sanding and refinishing.
You may have read about a screen and re-coat which is a process that is less involved than a complete refinishing.
Unfortunately, a screen and re-coat is unlikely to work, as the wax buildup prevent the necessary polyurethane coating from bonding to the floor’s surface.
Two related blog posts about this topic:
Only when the water is being used to dilute your cleaner solution, and only in the damp mop method I explained above. Just like with other hardwoods, water exposure to bamboo can cause damage. Your bamboo planks can buckle, swell, and delaminate due to water.
If you prefer to DIY your cleaning solution Mix 1/2 a cup of rubbing alcohol (it’s pH neutral) with 1/2 a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent and 2 cups of water.
Another solution is to Mix 1 tablespoon of Castile soap with warm water in a gallon bucket.
You should never use steam to clean your bamboo floors. Steam cleaners press the humid vapors down into the flooring which is a recipe for water damage. You might be lucky if you do it just once. However, there is no doubt that repeat steam cleaning will weaken the bamboo, affect its stability, and ultimately present buckling, swelling, and all other symptoms of water damage.