Refinish Bamboo Floors

Maintaining floors a long time is a homeowner's wish, and some may want to refinish bamboo floors to keep them beautiful a long time. Bamboo floors are so low maintenance and durable.

They have become the floor of choice for those households looking for a floor that is versatile, beautiful, and laid almost anywhere with minimal preparation. Its cost is lower compared to hardwood floors, and it is stronger than competitively priced softwoods.

As a rule, a mild soap and water solution after sweeping up is all you should need to maintain beautiful bamboo floors on a daily basis. Yet, sometimes after years of wear and tear, you may need to refinish the bamboo floor to work out any scratches or worn areas.

How often you need to refinish bamboo floors depends on whether you took the time to seal your floor when it was first laid or whether you clean it on a regular basis.

Out with the Old: Sanding

When you do decide to refinish bamboo floors, the first step is to remove what is left of the old finish. A disc floor sander equipped with moderate grit sandpaper should do the job. Use even pressure as you pass the sander over the floor, and be sure to check to make sure you’re only sanding the finish and not the floor itself.

  • One trick to determine this is by looking at the dust. If the dust is light and whitish, you’re fine. If it’s darker and dense, you’ve hit the bamboo. After the old finish has been removed and swept or vacuumed away, you can apply the new finish.

On Goes the New: Refinishing

To refinish bamboo floors with new finish, first open all windows to ventilate the room. Use a mop to evenly apply the polyurethane finish, starting at the farthest point in the room and working back to the entrance.

Allow this to dry. Sand this new finish with the disc sander but this time use a fine grit sandpaper. Reapply another coat of polyurethane and repeat the sanding again.

Look for any imperfections between coats and sand them out accordingly. Be sure you vacuum all the dust from the room between sanding sessions otherwise dust particles will be caught beneath the layers of polyurethane. Keep doing this process for at least three coats or until the gloss you’re looking is achieved.

Seal the Deal: Applying Sealer

Preventative care will avoid the occurrence of needing to refinish bamboo floors. Sealing is the easiest. The right sealer protects the bamboo floor from food stains, dirt, scratches, and regular wear. A sealer applied annually will greatly increase the life of the floor.

Also, it is quite easy to apply. Most sealers only require you to pour the contents into a bucket and apply with a mop. Routine sweeping and mopping of high traffic areas will also prolong the durability of the bamboo so that you don't have to refinish bamboo floors often.

See Also:
Bamboo Flooring FAQ