What to do
- Clean floor after installation. Use a lightly dampened mop with non-wax floor cleaner specifically formulated for hardwood floors.
- Regularly dust, sweep with a soft bristle broom or vacuum
- Remove spills and dirt promptly. A soft cloth wet with water and then squeezed dry may be used to wipe up foodstuffs and other spills.
- When using any wood flooring cleaner that requires mixing with water, follow the mixing directions precisely. Do not use cleaners with a wax base. A quality hardwood floor clearer is recommended. http://www.bona.net.au/HomeOwners/Products11/WoodFloorCleaner.aspx?cat=Maintenance
- Heel or scuff marks and stubborn stains may be removed by lightly rubbing with a cloth
- Place mats at all exterior entrances. This will capture much of the harmful dirt before it reaches the bamboo floor.
- It is recommended to remove shoes (especially high-heel shoes) prior to walking on bamboo flooring. Alternatively, be sure to clean shoes well. Gravel, rocks and debris can get stuck in the bottom of shoes and scratch the finish.
- Use mats in the kitchen, to protect against spills.
- Install floor protectors under all furniture legs. Make sure the floor protectors are large enough to distribute weight evenly. Keep the floor protectors clean of grit and replace them periodically. Wheels should have hardened-plastic casters.
- Lift furniture when moving, instead of sliding across surface.
- Keep pets’ claws trimmed. This will avoid excess scratches and gouges.
What NOT to do
- Do not allow floor cleaner or any other liquid to remain longstanding on your bamboo floor.
- Do not let sand, dirt or grit build up.
- Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar.
- Do not use a wet mop or sponge to clean the floor – excessive amounts of water
- Never wax your bamboo floor.
- Do not use steel wool or other abrasive scouring pads.
- Do not use oil soap, scouring powder, abrasive cleansers or harsh detergents to clean your bamboo floor.