by Cassandra Merkling
(last updated November 11, 2013)
Before you begin cleaning your bamboo flooring, be sure that you check with the manufacturer so that you do not do anything that could result in a void of your warranty. This may require that you get a professional to fix your floor problems rather than relying on yourself or a friend to work on them. That being said, read on for ideas on how to remove unwanted stains.
When you first approach a stain on your bamboo flooring, you will need to examine the stain. Clean and dry the spot on your floor as soon as possible. Make sure your problem is only a stain (it would be terrible to discover that you have more than a discoloring problem and have to replace the boards after you've tried to get rid of the stain). If the stain is not too deep, use a cleaner designed to clean urethane surfaces, scrubbing with a wood floor pad.
If you ascertain that the problem is beyond using a simple stain removal solution, you will need to sand the flooring with a disc floor sander until you get down to a layer of your flooring that has not been stained. By this point, you should realize that the bamboo will need to be bleached or tinted so it looks like the rest of the flooring when refinished. Contact a professional for advice on this (home improvement stores are a good place to start asking questions), since circumstances like the finish on your bamboo flooring can change how you are meant to deal with the problem.
Once you have figured out how to get the flooring to look as good as new, you will be able to begin refinishing the section of flooring that you have stripped. Use a mop and a bucket to reapply the polyurethane, making sure you keep the application thinner at the edges where the previous finish is still present, so you do not have a noticeable demarcation line between the area of the new application and the rest of the floor. Gently sand between each coat of polyurethane, so the outcome will be that the finish matches throughout the entire floor. Finally, make sure you buff the final coat so that it matches the shine of the rest of your floor.
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