Few choices rival bamboo flooring when it comes to attaining a naturally attractive look. Besides its aesthetic appeal, bamboo is one of the most environmentally friendly materials available for home installations. The plant typically matures in 2 to 5 years unlike other hardwood species which can take up to 60 years to attain maturity. As much as it guarantees a charming result when used on floors, bamboo requires special care. One of the most unwelcome conditions that you need to guard against is mold and mildew. Below is a guide on removal and tips on prevention.
Step 1 – Identify Mold Areas
Carefully inspect your floor and note the areas affected by mold. Sometimes it may not be quite apparent where mold has developed. If you keep potted plants indoors, be sure to check underneath all the flower pots. Leaks may have developed at the pot base.
Step 2 – Scrape Mold Patches
Remove the mold with a scraper. Hold the scraper over the problem areas, press into the floor and pull along the grain. Aim to remove as much of the mold as you can with the scraper. With sufficient effort, scraping should clear much of the visible mold. However, avoid using too much pressure while scraping as it could leave marks and scratches that will spoil the beauty of your floor.
Step 3 – Apply Sandpaper
Use a 180-grit sandpaper on the areas already scraped. The sanding process will help to complete the effects of scraping and clear all signs of mold and mildew. Be sure to work along the grain of the floor as you remove the mold.
Step 4 – Switch to 200-grit Sandpaper
Continue to work in the same direction as the grain of the floor using 200-grit sandpaper. Strive to clear any traces of mold using the finer sandpaper.
Step 5 – For Stubborn Spots
Put a small amount of Clorox bleach in a bucket and dilute with water. Dip a soft rag into the solution and apply onto any stubborn spots of mold. Rub at the area until the mold clears. Avoid using too much of the bleach solution as it could ruin your bamboo floor.
Step 6 – Finish the Floor
Once you’re certain that you’ve cleared all problem areas, you may apply a water-based finish. This completes your work satisfactorily. It will also prevent mold from developing again.
Avoid leaving water or moisture on your bamboo floor. When left to stand a while, it encourages mold to develop. If you have pets, clear away any pet urine when it occurs on the floor.
Inspect your flower pots regularly for leakage underneath. When left for several days, the leaks cause mold to develop. It is best to use small dishes underneath the flower pots to capture any leaks.
Weak drainage areas encourage mold. Attend to all such areas wherever they occur in the house, especially in the kitchen and bathroom.
Control humidity levels indoors, especially if you live in a high humidity area. It is best to keep it at a low level.