How to Clean Bamboo Floors

Getting your bamboo floors nice and clean is easier than you think!

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Want to know how to clean bamboo floors? Here's our favored step-by-step to make bamboo floors shine.

Tools Required

  • Microfiber mop
  • Vacuum

Materials Required

  • Bamboo-safe floor cleaner

Project step-by-step (4)

Step 1

Surface Clean Your Floors

Remove any surface dirt, dust or grime using a vacuum cleaner or a broom. If you use a vacuum, make sure it is on the correct setting for hardwood floors. If you have it set to carpet, it can potentially scratch and damage your bamboo floors.

Ever wonder how often you’re really supposed to vacuum?

Step 2

Apply Your Chosen Cleaner

Squirt a small amount of cleaning product directly on the floor. Bamboo’s more woody grass than actual wood, and therefore more water-resistant than other types of wood flooring, but still: Too much liquid of any kind can result in damage.

Tip: Wondering if vinegar is safe for bamboo floors? The answer is “no,” according to Floor Critics. It could dull the finish.

Cleaning with the wrong product can actually make your home dirtier—and so can these mistakes!

Step 3

Get Mopping


Move the microfiber mop or Swiffer in tiny, circular motions, according to Ambient Bamboo Floors. No need for a special spot cleaner—just apply a little more elbow grease in dirtier areas.

Step 4

Think Ahead

Prevention is the best way to avoid the major job of having to deep clean bamboo floors: Do shorter surface cleanings more often. If you have kids and pets, a five-minute daily cleaning should suffice. If your home doesn’t get as dirty, designate one or two nights for such quick-cleans to build the habit.

Ready to clean the rest of the floors in your home? Here’s how!