Bamboo is a wonderful natural floor covering that is environmentally friendly, relatively inexpensive, and fairly easy to maintain. It is similar to other hardwoods, and the type of bamboo that you get will range in relative hardness from durable Red Oak, all the way down to soft Black Walnut depending on the process that was used to manufacture it.
Regular Cleaning Of Bamboo Floors
Dust, sand, and other small particles represent the greatest threat to the surface beauty of a bamboo floor. These tiny grains act like the grits of a piece of sandpaper, and as people walk across the floor they will inadvertently press them down into the surface of the bamboo and or drag them across the finish, scarring and scratching it.
In order to prevent scratching you should either sweep or vacuum a bamboo floor regularly. Do not allow the tiny abrasive materials to build up on its surface or they will mar the surface of the floor over time.
Rugs and mats can also be placed at any entrances to the room in order to cut down on the amount of small particle debris that comes into the space. These rugs should be dusted out regularly.
Water On A Bamboo Floor
Bamboo is more resistant to damage from moisture than most hardwoods, however it is still a danger that needs to be addressed. Never wet mop a bamboo floor or immerse it in water for any reason.
A damp mop can be used to remove surface stains and pick up small debris, but do not allow the bamboo to remain moist for more than a few minutes. If you are using a bamboo floor cleaning product that requires mixing with water you should carefully follow all manufacturer instructions.
If liquid is spilled on the floor it needs to be wiped up immediately. Bamboo is porous and liquids can penetrate its surface, causing deep stains that will be impossible to remove. Excessive moisture will also cause warping in the wood.
Excessive humidity or lack thereof can cause damage to a bamboo floor. In moist environments the material tends to plump up, while in dry environments it is prone to shrinking. The use of a humidifier or a dehumidifier can help to cut down on this problem.