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Bamboo is a beautiful and sustainable choice for flooring. Proper cleaning methods will help it look its best. This is a page about cleaning bamboo flooring.


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July 25, 2010

What is the best product to use to clean bamboo floors? My whole house is nothing, but bamboo floors so I have major square footage to clean.

By Maureen Troll from Overland Park, KS


July 30, 20100 found this helpful
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I would not recommend Muphy's Oil soap. It may look like it is doing a good job, but it is oily, and the oil sinks into the wood, and creates a big problem if you ever need to refinish the floor.

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December 27, 20161 found this helpful
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The recommended cleaner when we had our bamboo floors installed was Bona Hardwood Floor cleaner and it has worked great. It hasn't left any residue or damaged the finish in the 5 years we have been using it.

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August 22, 20130 found this helpful

I just had a prefinished bamboo hardwood installed in most of my home. I purchased the Shark sonic duo shortly afterwards. I decided to use the polish to get more shine on the floor. It did give it a little more shine. A couple of days later the floor was dusty so I decided to use the Shark hardwood floor cleaner.


I don't know what I did wrong, but now I have a white, cloudy haze on the floor and some marks from the polishing that won't go away. I have been using the vinegar solution which isn't helping much at this point. I'm lost, confused, frustrated, and don't know what to do.

By Nikia


September 30, 20140 found this helpful

I'm having the same problem as this, I have black bamboo flooring, I did get the haze to go away some by using a magic eraser, and floor stripper and a variety of other things, but it's still messed up, I regret trying to shine it... Please let me know if you find an answer. nikia

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May 21, 20170 found this helpful

I had same problem and while it's not recommended I used straight amonia and immediately wiped w warm water mop and immediately dried it w a micro fiber dry mop and it fixed it. No damage. Everywhere I read says no water and no chemicals but how else can you clean?

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October 6, 2018

My family and I just moved into an apartment with bamboo floors. I know Murphy's Oil Soap is out of the question for cleaning them and all the agents told us was to use products specifically for urethane finishes.


However, I have not found anything around here that specifies using it on urethane finishes. Would a Swiffer Wet Jet be good to use? Or anything like that?


October 6, 20180 found this helpful

Everyone says Bona is the best product to use. Swiffer if you buy them for hardwood floors. This is what we were told....but for us it all (floors and care) was cost prohibitive, so we still have our original 90+ year old floors until we can find something less cost prohibitive.

Since you didn't lay the floors or talk to the installer, talk to the landlord and he/she should ok any products before you use so you don't risk damage and lose your security deposit.

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December 1, 20130 found this helpful

Is there a dilution for using Lestoil to clean bamboo flooring?


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July 25, 20100 found this helpful

My home has huge areas of pale hardwood bamboo floors, including a huge kitchen. Since there are big windows and skylights, every water spot or spill shows clearly. I have not found any safe wood cleaner (tried Murphy's oil soap, Swiffer Wet Jet for wooden floors and a lot of others).


I can easily remove the spills, but the floor always looks streaky when dry. I dry mop in the direction of the wood grain, and even go on my knees, but no great results, just aggravation. Please help.

By Joy Farina from VA


Cleaning Bamboo Floors

Maybe polish the streaks with a microfiber cloth, dry. Could wrap it and tie it around a Swiffer type thing. Or put on old socks and slide back and forth on the streaks.

Do you have a squeegee you could run over the damp spots immediately after mopping? Then catch the bead of water formed with a microfiber cloth. You might just try using the microfiber cloth to clean anything, dry, and see if that helps.
Those are all the things I would probably try. (09/17/2009)


Cleaning Bamboo Floors

I would use vinegar water. I have used this for years on my hardwood floors. They are beautiful, shiny and clean. I would use a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of vinegar to a gallon of water. Try to make sure you are using just a damp mop not leaving a lot of water behind as you mop. Also, I have found using a string mop or fabric mop is much better than Swiffers, etc. Good luck with this! Costco has a great string mop for around $5. (09/19/2009)


By Diana Atherton

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September 16, 20090 found this helpful

I just had bamboo hardwood floors put in my house. I bought one of those Swiffer Wet Jets with the cleaning solution made for hardwood. It leaves streaks and foot prints. Does anyone have any better solutions? I don't know if bamboo hardwood is different from regular hardwood in the way of cleaning. Please help. Thank you in advance.

Dana from Newkensington, PA


Cleaning Bamboo Floors

I just had bamboo floors installed also and I got a great product, Bellawood All Natural Soy Based Hardwood Floor Cleaner. It even removes the residue or foggy-ness left by other cleaners. And it's only $6 for a 32 oz spray bottle. Go to or 1-800-356-6746 to order. (07/10/2007)

By Susan Jones

Cleaning Bamboo Floors

I use an empty quart spray bottle and put one tablespoon of PineSol in it, then fill with water.

Then I wet and wring out a cleaning towel, spray my bamboo floor with the cleaning mixture and wipe/scrub with the cloth. I use a ScrubbeeDoo handle and head from Don Aslett's Cleaning Center to hold the cloth so I don't have to get down on my hands and knees, but obviously it would work just as well if you get down on them to clean.


This works really well, is very inexpensive, and I don't have to rinse. Just make sure the cloth is well-wrung out and you should have streak-free floors. The PineSol leaves a bit of scent, but it wafts out pretty quickly.


By Katie

Cleaning Bamboo Floors

I have hardwood, not bamboo, but I doubt that there's anything different as far as cleaning. I do what the first poster does, but I use Murphy's Oil Soap mixed with water. It works great, it's inexpensive, and it smells nice. (07/12/2007)

By Laure Sullivan

Cleaning Bamboo Floors

Pinesol is a light stripper. It will ruin waxed vinyl floors. Not sure long term if it good for the shine on your floor. (11/08/2007)

By Eric S.

Cleaning Bamboo Floors

I have had my bamboo floors for 3 years. I tried water and vinegar at first, and it was a nightmare, plus everything I've read says not to use water. The store I bought the flooring from recommended Bona Hardwood Floor cleaner with a microfiber mop. It's the only thing I use now, and works nicely although doesn't give me that "deep-down" clean feeling. I buy the large refill jugs of cleaner so it doesn't cost as much. (06/14/2008)

By Kathy R.

Cleaning Bamboo Floors

I was very upset when I saw that any mops or chemicals are not good enough for my bamboo floor. (I have a big German Shepard also, imagine that). One day I saw on TV the commercial with this mop. I bought it and believe me is great. If you will have it don't let the steam very much time (use the ON/OFF button) it is good for any floor and carpets. Try it. Look here: (01/18/2009)

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