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koen 03-27-2011 01:02 PM

cleaning a bamboo floor
What's the best way to clean a bamboo floor? When you look closely, you can see several smal scratches, etc. We're moving and want to leave it behind in a good condition. Is it possible to polish them?
I looked at professional floor cleaning services (Stanley Steemer), but none of them mentions bamboo floors.

pyper 03-28-2011 06:41 AM

If you have scratches with dirt, a toothbrush works well to clean them.

We use a steam mop on ours (despite what the article says) and it seems to work well. I think when we move we'll need to have ours refinished.

koen 03-28-2011 08:34 AM

Thanks for the replies - we may have to end up refinishing it.

sunman 03-28-2011 12:07 PM

Any cleaner for hardwood floor is good for bamboo floor
the message i entered was to short so i search on-line for a good product for you

koen 03-28-2011 01:06 PM


Originally Posted by sunman (Post 618561)
the message i entered was to short so i search on-line for a good product for you

Thanks, but I don't see anything about cleaning a bamboo floor on that page, just products for hardwood floors in general.

pyper 03-28-2011 01:18 PM

I wonder if acrylic floor "wax" would perk it up?

sunman 03-28-2011 03:21 PM

I meant to say that any hardwood flooring cleaner is good, even for bamboo my experience.

koen 03-28-2011 03:42 PM

I read a lot of warnings about bamboo, since it is a grass, not a wood, and needs different treatment. I'll go figure out what the manufacturer is, and see what they recommend.

user1007 04-25-2011 05:44 AM

I would suggest that you are actually cleaning whatever the finish is on the floor and not the bamboo unless the finish is completely shot. If the finish is alright it is probably a coating or two of urethane and you should be able to buff it as you would on any hardwood floor.

koen 04-25-2011 05:51 AM

Due to time constraints, we ended up having Molly Maids come in and clean after our move. No idea what they used, and no idea what it looks like now. The landlord did not have any complaints.

myfourseasons 04-25-2011 08:14 AM

You should clean floor after installation. Use a lightly dampened mop with no-wax floor cleaner specifically formulated for hardwood floors preferably non-toxic, environmentally safe products.

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