There are a number of important do’s and don’ts to maintain a strand woven bamboo floor. This type of flooring is hard and durable and suitable for heavy traffic, more so than most hardwood floors. However, as with hardwood flooring, woven bamboo flooring is susceptible to three main things: particles, moisture, and water.
The number one cause of scratches is small, hard particles—in other words, objects like small rocks, glass shards, pebbles, sand, hard dirt, small pieces of hard plastic, and gravel. These particles can be difficult to detect but very abrasive and damaging to a wood or bamboo floor. People walking on the particles will slide the particle along the ground and damage it. One way to limit this type of damage is to have people remove their shoes at the door. Also have a rug or mat at all outdoor exits to catch small stones, etc. Shake out these rugs and rugs twice a week. If you use furniture protectors, check that the furniture protectors are clean and free of particles. Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment or mop to regularly clean the woven bamboo floor. And don’t wax your floor because dirt and grit will eventually find its way into the wax buildup and then constantly stress and scratch the floor every time pressure is applied to the area of the floor that contains sand and wax. High heels with their weight concentrated in a small area act like dirt and grit on the floor. Also, if you have pets, regularly check their paws to make sure they aren’t harboring abrasive grit. It’s also a good idea to trim the legs or nails so they don’t scratch the bamboo.
Moisture is another key issue. If the air contains too much water, the strand-woven bamboo boards will swell. If there is not enough water in the air, the bamboo will crack and shrink. Obviously, this happens over several years, but to keep your floor beautiful and in good condition, you’ll need a separate or combined dehumidifier and humidifier for the room(s) that contain woven bamboo flooring. Your requirements depend on your location. Neither too much nor too little humidity is a problem in most of the UK, but in Springfield Missouri humidity is a big problem. The ideal humidity for strand woven bamboo flooring is between 30% and 60%.
Connected to moisture is water. Any spills on a strand-woven bamboo floor should be thoroughly cleaned immediately. Water, if allowed to sit on bamboo flooring, will cause rot. It’s worth considering placing rugs in areas like kitchens and bathrooms where water is more likely to drip onto the floor. Dry cleaning is best, but if you want to wash the woven bamboo flooring with water, please do not use detergents and do not spill a lot of water on the floor. Instead, use as little water as possible and gently pat dry with a soft towel after washing.
That’s all the basics for maintaining your woven bamboo flooring. Think about particles, moisture and water. PHW. Peace helps war.