How to Repair Engineered Bamboo Flooring
Engineered bamboo flooring differs from standard bamboo flooring in that engineered bamboo flooring contains types of wood besides bamboo. When crafting engineered bamboo flooring, a layer of bamboo is placed over layers of other kinds of wood. The layer of bamboo is usually very thin. In most engineered bamboo floors, the layer of bamboo is less than 1 inch thick. Because the bamboo is combined with other kinds of wood, engineered bamboo floors are considered to be much stronger than standard bamboo floors. Engineered bamboo floors are more resistant to moisture than traditional bamboo flooring, and are far more resistant to cupping and scratches. However, like any floor, engineered bamboo flooring can become damaged. Read the following for information on how to repair common problems that can occur with your engineered bamboo flooring.
Step 1 - Removing Stains
Most floors are susceptible to messes and stains, and engineered bamboo floors are no exception. In order to remove common household stains (such as pets' "accidents", spilled drinks, and dirt and grease), use a cleaner that is formulated for your flooring. Most bamboo floors are urethane-finishd, so you will have to purchase a cleaner that is designed for use on urethane-finished floors. When dealing with stubborn stains, you may have to use a wooden floor pad designed for urethane-finished flooring in order to completely remove them.
For spills and stains made up of materials like crayons, candles and gum, you will have to use a slightly different method. Before applying your cleaner, fill a plastic bag with ice and place it over the tacky substance. The ice will cause the substance to harden and become brittle. You can crumble off the brittle substance and then clean the area with your urethane finish cleaner.
Step 2 - Removing Surface Scratches
Scratches are among the most common problems that plague homeowners. It is impossible to actually remove scratches: when people refer to removing scratches, they are really talking about repairing scratches. In order to repair scratches, you must purchase a floor touch-up kit. Touch-up kits can be purchased anywhere that you can purchase wood flooring. As with the cleaner, purchase a touch-up kit that corresponds with the finish on your flooring. Different kits will need to be applied in different ways, so be sure to read any instructions that come with your touch-up kit.
If your flooring has scorch marks, you may be able to remove them using a method similar to the one you use to repair scratches. However, if the burns are large or deep, you may have to replace the damaged planks.
Step 3 - Replacing Boards
If you must replace one or more of the planks that make up your flooring, your first step will be to make sure that you have enough extra planks to complete the job. If you did not reserve any planks when you first installed your flooring, you will have to attempt to match new planks as best as you can.
Figure out how your flooring is attached. They will be either nailed in, glued in or clicked into place via tongue-and-groove installation. If it is nailed or glued in, it is difficult to remove the damaged planks on your own, and you may need to have a professional or more experienced friend assist you.
However your flooring is attached, you will need to remove the damaged plank.
- Make a note of the location and size of the damaged plank.
- Drill several small holes in a row in the plank. Be careful that you don't pierce the subfloor.
- Take your chisel and carve between the holes. Use the chisel until you can make a break in the plank. Once you have done this, you can carefully remove it from any connections it has with other, undamaged planks.
- Remember to clean up any splinters that are left behind before moving on.
After carefully taking measurements again, you can cut a replacement plank to fit. Make certain that your measurements are accurate before making any cuts. Don't forget to add your tongue and groove edges. When you have satisfactorily cut your plank, you can apply a flooring adhesive of your choice to its underside. Try to use one similar to the adhesive used in the original installation of your flooring.
Replacing planks is probably one of the most complicated repairs you will have to perform on your engineered bamboo flooring. Luckily, even this task is not as complicated as it seems. By properly maintaining your flooring and by repairing problems as soon as possible, your flooring will remain a beautiful part of your home for years to come.