How to Restore the Finish of Engineered Bamboo Flooring

What You'll Need
Wet mop
Warm water
Measuring cup
Dry mop
Fine grit sanding pads
Oil finish
Lacquer or sealer

Refinishing can help to restore old and worn engineered bamboo flooring. Do not be tempted to replace your flooring when you can simply just restore it with a few easy to follow steps. You will be absolutely amazed at how beautiful your floors will look after you have taken the time to restore them.

Step 1 - Check the Manufacturer's Warranty and Handbook

Pull out all the paperwork that came with your originally installed engineered bamboo flooring. You will want to pull out a pen and a piece of paper and take notes on the items or solutions that will cause a void of your warranty. Do not use anything that is not recommended by your manufacturer. Also check for the hints and tips the manufacturer recommends.

Step 2 - Wipe the Floors Clean

Pull out your mop. Add warm water and vinegar to a bucket (1 cup of vinegar for every gallon of warm water). Mop up your engineered bamboo floor to remove any dirt and grime that have lodged themselves on the floor or in some of the crevices. Dry your floor completely.

Step 3 - Sand the Floor

If your floor has many flaws and scratches, it will not just simply come up with an engineered floor polish. You will need to rent a sander with a fine grit paper. Plug the sander in and sand the surface of your engineered bamboo floor. Make sure you use a sander that has very fine grit paper or you will further damage the bamboo floor and you will end up having to replace it.

Step 4 - Sweep and Wipe the Floor

Now that you have sanded the floor, take out the vacuum cleaner and suck up any particles that remain on the surface. Next, pull out your wet mop and your bucket and re-wash the floors. Allow the floors to dry completely

Step 5 - Apply New Oil Finish

Take a trip to your local home improvement center and purchase an engineered floor (specifically for bamboo) oil finish. Using a squeegee or floor painting system, spread the oil finish onto your engineered floor. Allow the floor to dry completely. You will need to reapply the oil finish until your bamboo floor comes up to the color that you are looking for or until it is restored to the original finish.

Step 6 - Add Lacquer or Sealant

Last, if your oil finish did not come with a lacquer or a sealant, take a trip to your local home improvement center and purchase a sealant that works well with engineered bamboo floors. Apply the sealant as you did with the oil finish by painting it on with a paint brush or using a squeegee. Allow the floor to dry completely, at least for 48 hours, before you move any of your furniture or items back into the room or space.