It’s becoming widely known that aside from its natural beauty, bamboo is a tough, resilient and versatile flooring surface. Still, as with any surface in a home, it’s subject to general wear and tear, damage and stains. Also, just as with any other surface, you’re wise to repair bamboo flooring as soon as possible after the damage has been sustained. That way, you keep it looking as fabulous as the day it was installed, and you don’t allow further damage to occur.
What can Go Wrong?
As tough as it is, you might have to repair bamboo flooring after spills, scratches, nicks and stains have occurred. Keeping pets indoors is almost a sure way to cause marks in the floor. For instance, dogs and cats with unclipped claws are renowned for their scratches.
Also, stains from pets or from general water spills, say from leaking pot plants are unfortunate side effects of every day living. Shifting heavy furniture across your bamboo floors can also cause pock marks or scratches and it’s advisable to use barriers under the furniture for protection.
Sometimes bamboo floors can sustain more significant damage. Cracked boards, sectional breaks and splits can be very worrying but they too can be remedied without too much distress on your part. If you intend to repair your bamboo flooring yourself, and you’re not sure about how to go about it, seek advice from the manufacturer first.
They will know exactly the type of flooring you have installed and how to fix it. Your second choice would be to go to your retailer who sold you the flooring and ask their advice. Otherwise, your local hardware usually has staff who are very knowledgeable on these matters.
Surface and Deeper Scratches
It’s practically inevitable that your floor – of any kind – will sustain surface scratches. Though bamboo is strong and highly resilient, it’s not immune. You may be able to use a scratch remover that you can buy at supermarkets or hardware stores but due to bamboo’s hardness, trying to repair your bamboo flooring with that is likely to only frustrate you further.
Instead, a surface filler is recommended. You can have it matched to the color of your floor. Apply the filler where necessary then buff off to match the original finish. For deeper scratches, you might need to wet sand the damaged area until you reach the root of it. Once filled, a new coat of polyurethane will be required.
The joy of your beautiful floors is replaced by the horror of a big wet stain in full view! Don’t panic; the important thing is to repair your bamboo flooring as soon as possible and avoid the same kind of thing happening again. You’ll need to clean the area first, then use a disc floor sander to sand down to where the stain is not visible anymore.
Next it’ll need to be resealed. Take a mop and bucket and coat the area with polyurethane, sanding gently between coats. Be careful to gradually lead into the unaffected area with the mop so as not to make the repaired area look too obvious. If your efforts are not successful, immediately contact your hardware store to see what can be done.
Cracks in the Boards
To repair bamboo flooring that has cracks in the boards, consider carefully whether it’s a job you’re equipped and skilled enough to handle. Removing cracked boards and reinstalling new ones is not a simple process. For best results on your long-term investment, contact the manufacturer or retailer and they can either advise, or come out and do the job for you.
Remember, no floor is 100% family-proof. With adequate care and attention, your bamboo flooring won’t need repair jobs within the first few years. If and when it does, tackle the issue as soon as you can and seek advice before beginning.