Cleaning Bamboo Flooring

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. (Affiliate Link)

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August 22, 2013

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, 2013

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


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July 25, 2010

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.

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September 16, 2009

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.

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