Carry, do not drag the furniture to be placed in the rooms with your bamboo flooring. Make sure to place felt or rubber pads beneath each furniture or chair leg. This will protect the floor from scratches when moving furniture, and from dents caused by the weight of your furniture. Replace these pads periodically. Wheels should have a hard plastic caster of at least 2” in width to prevent damage from occurring.
High Traffic Areas
Remove shoes prior to walking on bamboo. This is especially true of high-heeled shoes, but also applies to any shoes worn in from the outdoors. Gravel, sand and rocks can become stuck in the soles of your shoes and leave scratch marks. At the minimum provide for the removal of debris from under your shoes. Heel and scuff marks can be removed with a clean cloth and a wood floor cleaner.
Keeping all pet’s nails groomed and trimmed will prevent gouges and scratches.
Place area rugs at all entrances and in high traffic areas. Check to make sure that the rugs have a non-abrasive backing. In addition make sure that the backing is not treated with a substance that will cause a chemical reaction with the finish of your bamboo flooring. This could cause discoloration. Check with your flooring manufacturer if you have any questions regarding chemicals.
Exposure to Elements
Bamboo flooring continues to “breathe” after installation. All rugs and mats should be secured by small amounts of carpet tape. Rubber backed rugs will “suffocate” bamboo by not allowing the exchange of air underneath them. This can cause moisture to be retained and may discolor or warp the wood.
Spills and moisture left on bamboo should be cleaned up immediately. Excess moisture can cause bamboo to swell. You should place mats in front of any sinks or tubs. This is to catch the liquid that may spill and also to protect the floor from any utensils or hard objects that may be accidentally dropped. Place a drip pan underneath all houseplants and any other items that may cause water to drip onto your floor.
Prolonged exposure to both light and heat can damage and fade bamboo flooring. This should be kept in mind when rearranging furniture. Curtains can be hung to cut down or eliminate the bamboo’s exposure to sunlight. Light will cause natural bamboo to darken and caramelized bamboo to lighten. It will also alter the color of dyed shades of bamboo. Keep in mind that lighting from all sources, both natural and man-made should be considered when protecting your bamboo.
Pay attention to appliances that put out heat of any kind. Prolonged exposure to any amount of heat, even small, can damage bamboo floors. Heat dries out the moisture content and not enough moisture can cause bamboo to shrink or curl. You may want to use a humidifier to control moisture levels in areas where the humidity is unstable. The moisture level should be between 40% and 60% for optimal bamboo maintenance.
Regularly sweep bamboo flooring with a soft broom or mop. Keep your floor clear of all dirt, sand and grit. Clean up spills promptly. You may use a wet cloth as long as you dry the area after wiping. It should be sufficient if you mop once a week with a water dampened mop. Always make sure to dry thoroughly afterwards.
If needed, soapy water and a mild wood cleanser will work the best to prevent damage. Do not ever use an abrasive cleaner on your bamboo flooring. Do not use any cleaner containing bleach either. Never use a wax, oil soap or any other common household cleaners.
Remember that bamboo is not a “hardwood” and needs to be treated slightly more gentle than other traditional wood flooring. It is also a choice in commercial flooring, which supports the argument that it can be durable as well. Proper care and maintenance of your bamboo flooring is not very difficult.
With just a small amount of effort you can ensure it‘s beauty and life span. You need to use your common sense in addition to the tips listed in this article. In other words, don’t drag the motor cycle onto the floor to rebuild the carburetors.