With the rise in popularity of hardwood floors, popular choices like oak and maple have become extremely expensive. Many people are turning to less traditional options like bamboo to cover their floors. Bamboo floors are an inexpensive, eco-friendly alternative material to use when considering installing hardwood floors. Another consideration when thinking of using bamboo is the ease in cleaning it. The key to keeping bamboo floors clean and well maintained is to clean them on a regular basis. The recommended cleaning schedule for bamboo floors is weekly, though your particular needs may differ and require more frequent cleanings, you should never allow more than 1 week to go by without cleaning your bamboo floor. Outlined below are a few simple tips on how to clean bamboo floors:
Step One: The first step in cleaning any hardwood floor, including bamboo, is to thoroughly remove any loose dirt and dust by sweeping.
Step Two: After you have confirmed that all loose dirt and dust has been removed, fill a regular mop bucket with tepid water and add the appropriate amount (the directions for use are usually found on the back of the cleaner container) of wood safe cleaner.
Step Three: Use a sponge mop and immerse the mop into the cleaning solution, making sure to remove as much excess water as possible. Squeeze out the mop head two to three times before removing the mop from the bucket.
Step Four: Gently rub the mop over the entire area of the floor, applying minimal pressure to stains or any other stuck on dirt, using a back and forth motion. Let dry thoroughly.
Step Five: For best results, repeat this process weekly, and at any point where there is stuck on debris, such as mud.
If particular areas of your floor, like the area in front of entrances are exits to your home, get particularly dirty and require cleaning more often, it is imperative that you expose the floor to the least amount of water possible. This keeps the floor’s wood fibers strong and helps them to resist decomposition over time. It may also be a good idea to have your floors sealed to help them resist excess moisture, whether it is from cleaning or natural moisture such as humidity and rain.
If you follow the cleaning regime outlined above, and take special precautions to protect your floor from any sources of excess heat or moisture, your bamboo floor should provide you with years of service and enjoyment.