Over recent years bamboo flooring has become one of the front-runners in flooring choices due to being strong, stylish and sustainable. The following tips will ensure your bamboo floors are protected and looking fantastic.
Clean the bamboo floors regularly.
Dust, sand, dirt and other small particles that are carried into the home via people or nature will be the biggest threat to your bamboo floors. These small particles can build up quickly and as people walk across the floor they may be causing these small particles to scratch the finish.
Invest in some rugs / mats for entrances.
As people are walking in this will give time for any debris from their feet to be wiped off and prevent particle build up. Many prefer rugs or mats at entrance points – we don’t want to hide the stylish looking bamboo flooring!
Ensure you use the right cleaning product.
There are several cleaning products that are specifically designed for cleaning bamboo floors. You want to ensure your cleaning products are non-alkaline, non-abrasive and not a wax.
Brooms and vacuums for cleaning particles.
Always ensure that the broom has soft bristles to prevent scratching and embedding particles into the flooring further. Avoid using a vacuum that has a beater bar (bristles that rotate / spin) as bristles can damage the flooring.
Being made of bamboo and porous, it is important to always wipe up spills as soon as possible from the floors and not allow the bamboo to remain moist for very long at all. The result may end up with the liquid penetrating the bamboo surface and cause staining and may cause warping of the wood.
Ensure the mop is damp to the point of being almost dry
Ensure the mop is wrung out and almost dry to prevent irreparable damage to your bamboo flooring. A steam mop should never be used and experts recommend cleaning your bamboo floors once a week with a specialised bamboo floor cleaner and a microfibre cloth.
Leave your shoes at the door
Leave your high heels, sporting shoes or tradie boots at the door to prevent potential damage.
Felt pads under the furniture
These relatively inexpensive items from your local hardware store will protecting floors from scratching by placing them underneath such furniture items as; kitchen stools, dining table chairs, etc.