How to Clean Hand Scraped Bamboo Flooring
Cleaning hand scraped bamboo flooring is one of the things you should consider when buying and installing this type of flooring. It is also one of the most important things you need to know if your office or house has hand scraped bamboo flooring.
Bamboo, the tallest and the most popular grass, has been widely used in different ways. Like any other building and flooring materials, there are appropriate ways of cleaning it. Your flooring is one of your investments so you really have to keep it clean and protect it regularly. Your supplier should have given you the instruction guide on the proper care and maintenance of your bamboo flooring. But if the supplier did not or you have forgotten where you placed the instruction guide, here are some of the easy\-to-follow tips in cleaning hand scraped bamboo flooring:
Tools and materials:
Water and white vinegar solution
Move all the furniture out of the room. Do not drag or pull your furniture. Always carry all the heavy pieces because pulling them will damage the floor and cause permanent marks on it. Remove the carpets and rugs carefully. Begin by sweeping up the room you are planning to clean. The room should be free from residues, debris, dust, and other minute matters such as nails, pins, and screws. Use your broom and dustpan for this job.
Buy an appropriate “wood safe” floor cleaner. Do not use heavy detergents, concentrated chemicals and abrasives because these can damage your bamboo flooring permanently. When there aren’t any “wood safe” floor cleaners available, you can create your own mixture of one-fourth cup of white vinegar to every one-quart of water. If your floor is already free from residues and dirt, get a gallon of warm water and add the recommended amount of “wood safe” floor cleaner. Mix it well so you will be able to produce an even, suitable mixture.
You will need a mop for your hand scraped bamboo flooring. Before you start cleaning the floor, make sure you squeeze out the mop completely. Large amounts of water should not be left on the bamboo floor so moisture and molds will not develop in the floor.
Carefully wipe the floor with the mop in a back and forth motion. The entire area of the floor should be covered. Do not omit any dirty areas so your hand scraped bamboo flooring will have even color and tone.
Keep your bamboo flooring clean by mopping at least once a week.
One way to protect your bamboo flooring from getting dirty is to use rugs or carpets in areas where people often walk or stay. By doing so, the floor is exposed to less dirt and residue because the mats, rugs, or carpets filter it. If you have indoor plants, do not place them on top of your floor. Water and moisture might concentrate on the floor, thus, your flooring may fade; molds and bacteria could grow in that area which will lead to staining.