As mentioned earlier, suppliers make bamboo flooring by laminating the strips of bamboo together. The ensuing product is often as durable as hardwood flooring. If you were to visit the showrooms of bamboo flooring suppliers, you would come across a diverse range of bamboo floors. Many of these bamboo floors typically come with the finish already applied. In many cases, this finish could well last for many years. Depending on the traffic volumes and the presence of kids or pets, the condition of the bamboo floor could begin deteriorating after some years. With the passage of time, such floors can become scuffed and faded. In this scenario, you will need to touch up the floor to ensure that it continues to look attractive.
It might surprise you to know that you do not need to rip apart your bamboo floor when it loses its glossy look. Tearing the flooring apart and replacing it with a new flooring is undoubtedly very expensive. However, when it comes to bamboo flooring, you might not even need to sand it down. Instead, you could simply consider screening the floor. Thereafter, you could consider applying one or two coats of a new finish. Some people typically use water-based polyurethane for touching up their bamboo floors. This usually accomplishes the job much faster. In many cases, people using this substance can complete giving their floors a touch up well within a day.
When you want to restore your bamboo flooring:
- Clean the floor with a high-quality hardwood floor cleaner first for removing all the old wax or grunge
- Spread the wood filler into all the gaps that might have developed in the floor
o Ensure that the colour of the filler matches that of the floor
- Sand the floor when it dries with the help of an orbital sander and medium-grade sandpaper
- Screen the floor with a floor buffer and a 120-grit sanding screen for scuffing the surface and preparing it for the new finish
- Vacuum the floor after this and wipe it with a damp cloth to remove all the sanding dust
- Spread a line of finish along the wall in the same direction as the bamboo flooring boards
- Soak a long-handled finish applicator in the finish you’re using and keep it slanted when you use it so that the finish trails off the end farthest from the wall
- Drag the finish applicator along the wall to the end of the room
- Ensure that the applicator maintains contact with the floor when you make a 180-degree turn and drag it back in the opposite direction, thereby overlapping about half the width of the applicator
- Repeat this until you have covered the floor and then, let the finish dry for the prescribed amount of time
o For oil-based finishes, you will need to let the floor dry overnight
o For water-based finishes, your floor could be dry within a few hours
- Screen the flooring of your Picton residence, wipe off the dust and apply a second coat of finish in the same manner
- Screen the final coat with the help of a very fine screen of 320 – 400 grit and mop on a coat of floor polish and.
- Lastly, use a lambswool buffer to buff the floor for the final finish