Caring For Bamboo Flooring Caring For Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo flooring is rapidly becoming one of the most desirable flooring options thanks to the beauty that it imparts to the entire house. Like all other materials used on our floors, bamboo flooring requires proper care if the aesthetic appeal it creates is to be enjoyed for a long time. With the following guidelines you’ll surely get the most out of your bamboo floor.
Cleaning Your Natural Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo floors, like their wooden counterparts, are averse to excessive water and moisture. You should therefore bear this in mind when cleaning such a floor. For daily cleaning use either a flat microfiber mop or a dry dust mop. If you must use a vacuum cleaner you will need the attachment to be soft at the bottom so that the floor is not scratched. Notice that these techniques have omitted the use of water.
In the event that foods or liquids have been spilled, clean the floor using a slightly dampened soft cloth which shouldn't be squeezed on the floor surface. Bamboo flooring shouldn’t be cleaned with any polishes, waxes, oil soaps or solvent cleaners, despite the amount of dirt. There are floor cleaners designated especially for bamboo floors that you can buy.
Don't Expose Bamboo Flooring to Direct Sunlight
Direct rays from the sun work against the quality of your bamboo floor. A prolonged exposure to these rays will fade away the natural color of the bamboo and thus undermine the overall appeal. You should therefore ensure that the rays are kept away using curtains and blinds.
Minimize Humidity in the Room
Humidity is another element of the weather that, if unchecked, can really damage your bamboo flooring. When there is too much humidity the individual bamboo planks will expand which will result in cracking. On the other hand, low humidity makes the planks shrink meaning that the floor becomes uneven.
Manage the humidity with the help of a humidifier. The safe humidity levels range from 30 to 50 percent.
What You Shouldn’t Do on the Bamboo Floor
Some of the worst enemies for your bamboo floor are scratches and gouges. To this effect you should desist from walking on the floor while wearing sharp heels. When moving items across the floor, try to lift them off the ground instead of pushing them (if you need to push them, use a trolley that has large smooth wheels).
Place rugs at all the entrances that lead to the bamboo flooring to protect the ends of the planks. Choose these rugs wisely by avoiding those that feature rubber backings; these tend to trap moisture beneath which may discolor the bamboo. Other rug types are okay but they should be colorfast and soft enough not to scratch the underlying bamboo.
Placing Furniture on the Bamboo Flooring
Before you place items of furniture on the floor let them be preceded by suitably sized felt pads so that there isn’t any direct contact. Regularly clean the pads to get rid of any grit that may scratch the floor and replace them as often as you can.