Bamboo floors are tough, good-looking, affordable, and sustainable. It’s pretty hard to fault them. But that doesn’t mean they’re invincible! Bamboo floors still need regular cleaning, using suitable techniques. However, cleaning is one thing – working out how to clean is another entirely.
There’s so much information on cleaning bamboo floors that working out the good from the bad is tricky. Luckily, if you know what your bamboo floor needs, you can work that out without issue. So let’s take a look at a few of the more important things you need to know about cleaning bamboo floors.
The best way to clean bamboo floors is with a homemade cleaner and a damp cloth
Floor polishes, steam mops, soaps, and detergents all advertise themselves as effective timber floor cleaners. But that’s not always the case. Bamboo flooring has a beautiful grain that resists moisture very well. However, it’s not entirely immune; bamboo is a type of timber, after all. That means it will absorb some moisture if exposed to particularly harsh or invasive cleaning methods. As a result, it’s always best to use gentle homemade cleaners. And when it comes to applying those cleaners, a damp cloth is best – not a wet one! The aim of the game, when cleaning bamboo floors, is to use as little water as possible. Before you use your cloth, soak it in hot water then wring it out very firmly. Hot water is preferable, as it evaporates quicker. And the firm wringing will prevent excess water from penetrating your floors.
When it comes to bamboo floor cleaner recipes, this one is a standout!
In terms of bamboo floor cleaners, we like to keep it simple. That’s why this recipe is a definite standout for us. It has only two ingredients: water and vinegar. You will want to ensure that the vinegar is as diluted as you can possibly make it, before applying it to your floor. Excessive vinegar will create excessive acidity. That acidity can break down some of your floor’s protective layers, and thereby allow moisture in. To keep your mop free from excess moisture, we recommend applying your bamboo floor cleaner to your mop with a spray bottle.
What makes that bamboo floor cleaner recipe better than others? Here’s our take
If you’ve already done some research on bamboo floor cleaner recipes, you may have seen some calling for a small amount of dish soap. We are of the view that dish soap leaves a small, almost imperceptible residue, which builds over time. That’s why we prefer to avoid it. Likewise, some bamboo floor cleaner recipes call for a small amount of lemon juice, in place of vinegar. Lemon juice can be problematic as a floor cleaner for a few reasons. Firstly, it too can leave residue on your floors, which can harbour grime in the future. And secondly, it has a high content of citric acid, which can hasten the deterioration of your floor’s protective layers. Our advice is to stick with the diluted vinegar solution.
There are plenty of bamboo floor cleaner recipes, and most work ok, but here’s what to avoid
Of course, there’s more than one way to clean a bamboo floor. The bamboo floor cleaner recipe we’ve listed is one of many, most of which work well. But there are some techniques to avoid altogether. These include steam mops, wet mops, harsh chemical cleaners, and polishes. Those products and techniques are too harsh for organic flooring materials. That means they can have a degrading effect over years of use.
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