How to Clean Bamboo Flooring

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Among wood floors, bamboo flooring is surprisingly hard—it's just as durable as hardwoods such as oak and maple—and better yet, it's more resistant to water damage than most woods. Cleaning bamboo flooring is relatively easy, but there are regular maintenance tasks that have to be performed periodically if you want to keep the bamboo looking its best. Tiny particles of dirt and sand tracked into the room on shoes can dig into the finish of the floor, causing dents, divots, or even scratches, giving the bamboo a faded look. Spills and wet spots will need to be cleaned up immediately so they don't stain the floor or cause it to warp.

How Often to Clean Bamboo Flooring

Basic cleaning should be done on an as-needed basis depending on the traffic in a room. Daily cleaning may be appropriate for the kitchen, hallways, or a recreation room heavily used by children. Clean any spills immediately. Microfiber damp mopping should be done weekly.

What You Need

Supplies

  • Vacuum (felt head, without beater bar)
  • Broom with soft bristles
  • Dust bin
  • Microfiber mop
  • Mop bucket
  • Sponge or clean microfiber rag
  • Dry towel
  • Hardwood floor cleaner such as Bona (non-alkaline, non-abrasive, wax-free)
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Waste basket

How to Clean Bamboo Flooring

  1. Clean Spills

    If you note any spills, immediately sop them up with a sponge or dry microfiber cloth. Barely dampen a soft cloth or sponge with water. Apply it to the spill area to wipe up remaining dirt. Dry the spill area with a soft towel.

  2. Sweep or Vacuum

    Use a soft-bristled broom, dust mop, or a vacuum that has a felt head (not a beater bar or hard head) to sweep up dirt any particulates. Dispose of debris into a waste can.

  3. Clean Stains or Dried Spills

    After sweeping or vacuuming, note any areas where there are stains or dried spills. Lightly dampen a microfiber cloth with water and rub the area with it to see if that is enough to remove it. If that doesn't remove it, use an approved hardwood cleaning solution to dampen the cloth. Gently rub the area to remove the stain or dried-on material. Dampen a clean cloth with a little water and wipe the area to remove any cleaning solution. Dry the area with a soft towel.

  4. Damp Mopping

    Damp mop with a hardwood-rated cleaner diluted per the instructions provided on the product. Dampen a hardwood-appropriate mop with the solution and wring it until it is just barely damp. Mop gently in a circular pattern. Wipe the floor dry with a clean, soft towel if there are any wet spots.

  5. Heavy Cleaning

    Prepare an approved hardwood cleaning solution per the instructions provided on the product. Dip a sponge or clean rag into the solution, then wring dry so that the material is only slightly damp. Apply the cleanser to all parts of the floor evenly. Do not allow it to pool or puddle. Wipe the floor dry with a dry towel to finish.

  6. Your floor is now clean.

Tips to Keep Your Bamboo Floor Clean Longer

  • Do not use a vacuum that has a beater bar to clean a bamboo floor.
  • Never immerse the floor in water. Only a damp, almost-dry mop should be used.
  • Never use abrasive scouring powder or steel wool on your bamboo floor.
  • Follow any manufacturer-provided instructions when caring for a bamboo floor. You should also be familiar with the warranty that was provided with the floor so that you do not take actions that might void it.
  • Ask people to remove their shoes when entering your home. This will avoid tracking in dirt, as well as prevent damage from spike heels.
  • Use doormats both inside and outside of entrances to keep dirt from being tracked into the house.
  • Use area rugs in high-traffic areas and around sinks.

DIY Vinegar Cleaning Solution

For cleaning stains or dried-on soil, you may not need a commercial product at all—an effective all-natural bamboo floor cleaning agent might already be sitting in your home. If you mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar into a quart of water, you'll have a solution that will allow you to clean the surface of your bamboo floors safely. This cleanser should be applied in the same way as with a commercial hardwood cleaner, using a damp sponge or rag wrung dry before application. Be sure you are diluting the vinegar appropriately as the floor can be damaged by full-strength vinegar. Save this solution for when you need to remove a stain or do deep cleaning.

Removing Scuff Marks From Bamboo Flooring

Some of the most difficult stains to clean from any floor, including bamboo, are the scuff marks that appear when the rubber heel of a shoe drags across the surface of your floor.

  1. Apply Hardwood Floor Cleaner to Microfiber Cloth

    Add a few drops of an approved hardwood floor cleaning product to a microfiber cloth.

  2. Rub the Scuff Mark

    Gently rub the bamboo planks where the scuff mark is located with the damp cleaning cloth.

  3. Be slow and patient with this approach—eventually, the scuff mark will be erased. Avoid the urge to use steel wool or an abrasive pad on bamboo, as you can easily scratch the surface.