Bamboo flooring is a lovely, classy and attractive flooring option. It is also a sustainable, environmentally friendly choice for your floor, and considerably better for the planet than other options such as hard wood. There’s nothing not to love about bamboo flooring! However, it can be hard to know how to clean bamboo flooring and keep it looking its smooth, classy best. However, it is really easy – once you know how. Let’s have a look at the best, and easiest ways to do this.
Bamboo is a great option for flooring, as it is easy to wipe clean, and even particularly heavy staining items shouldn’t affect it too much. However, care must be taken with this type of flooring, to ensure that it stays looking as good as the day you laid it. Luckily, this is pretty easy too!
Cleaning bamboo flooring is pretty simple. Just be gentle with it, and it should reward you by staying at its best. Keep it clean, but don’t go too mad – no harsh, abrasive cleaners for this sensitive floor. Keep it gentle and you should have no problems whatsoever.
What is bamboo flooring
Bamboo flooring is just that – a type of flooring made from bamboo. The clue is in the name! It is a relatively hard floor, but also one that can be sensitive and needs a bit of care to keep it at its best. It makes for a great flooring material as it is more resistant to water damage than most woods, but you do need to be vigilant with it and clear up any spills as soon as they happen, so that you don’t run the risk of warping or damaging your fancy bamboo floor. Ordinary hoovers can be a bit too brutish and can end up causing your bamboo floor to have knocks and dents, so you should only vacuum it if you have a hoover with a bamboo setting.
Here are a few tips for cleaning bamboo flooring when there hasn’t been an unusual spill or accident:
- A simple, soft bristled brush is ideal for cleaning up every day dirt, like crumbs, dust, pet hair and other general bits and pieces. It is recommended that you sweep up your bamboo floor every day, because bits of dirt, dust and grit can damage the surface of the floor over time.
- You can also use a vacuum cleaner to remove dropped things, dust and hairs – just be aware that you should use one with a specialist bamboo fitting, as a standard vacuum can damage the floor. Also, this might not be as effective a cleaning method as a good old fashioned dustpan and brush!
- If you want to clean your bamboo flooring (and you should, as a little tip), then you can use a pH neutral floor cleaner on a weekly basis, to keep it looking its tip top best.
- You should always follow the grain of your flooring when sweeping or hoovering, to avoid any damage to the wood and to maintain its appearance as well as you can.
Even if you spill something major on your bamboo floor, or spill something that is unusually stain-y, you should be able to remove it from your bamboo floor quickly and easily.
- Make sure you mop up spills as soon as you see them, using a soft cloth or absorbent kitchen towel.
- Clean the floor using a gentle cleaner such as baking soda mixed into a paste with water, or diluted cider vinegar, or a lemon cut in half rubbed into the stain.
- Specialist bamboo floor cleaners are available, which will clean the floor effectively without damaging it.
- Avoid using furniture polish or wax, as these can leave a sticky residue that will make your floor slippery and may be hard to remove.
- You shouldn’t use a steam mop on your bamboo floor, as the heat can cause the flooring to bend and warp, and will ruin its smooth, flat appearance.
If you want to SEE how to clean bamboo flooring, then have a look at this little video for some more tips:
Bamboo flooring is an attractive floor, there is no doubt about that. Luckily for you, it also a very practical one too! Easy to sweep, wipe and mop up spills quickly and easily, and you will usually be left with a spotless finish, even if you spill something major. As long as you follow a gentle cleaning routine, you should be left with a flooring that remains as beautiful as the day it was laid.