Refinishing Bamboo Floors

Bamboo Flooring - 2013

How to Go About Refinishing Bamboo Floors

When it comes to bamboo floors, a number of people have the general misconception that bamboo is a hardwood while it is essentially, a type of grass. However, bamboo floors have a hardness factor equal to that of most hardwoods. In fact, most bamboo floors exceed hardwood floors. Because bamboo floors are not your typical hardwood variety, the refinishing process has to be done a bit differently.

Though one may think this may complicate the process, refinishing bamboo floors is quite easy. In fact, the main difference in refinishing bamboo floors and other hardwood floors is that refinishing bamboo floors is a more in-depth process. Moreover, more sanding has to be done on the bamboo floor.

The sanding process will depend on how much damage your bamboo floor has received. As with any process, when refinishing bamboo floors, you will have to follow a certain amount of steps to ensure the overall effectiveness of the process.

The first step you should take when refinishing bamboo floors is prepping the floor for the process. This involves sweeping the whole bamboo floor to remove any debris that may still be on the floor. One should ensure that any hard-to-reach areas are attended to properly so that the entire floor is ready for the refinishing process.

The next step is using a commercial sander to sand the bamboo floor. These are easily rented at most hardware stores. One has to take care when performing this part of the refinishing process. Sanding is done to remove the damaged sections and to ensure a smooth even surface free from any scratches or stains. When refinishing bamboo floors, one must understand that they are only sanding the polyurethane layer of the bamboo floor. The actual bamboo layer will be left untouched.

When sanding one has to ensure that they apply slight pressure on the sanding disc to ensure fine sanding. After the sanding has been completed, one should use a mildly damp mop to remove all the sand from the newly sanded floor. As the polyurethane layer has been removed, the next step involves applying a new top layer of polyurethane.

Polyurethane can be bought at any hardware store. One should apply the polyurethane layer immediately after they finish the sanding process. This layer acts as a sealant for the bamboo floor. Moreover, it also gives the floor a polished look. The polyurethane layer should be applied using mops and long strokes.

After the first coat has dried, one should sand lightly over the floor and apply a second coat on finishing. This process should be repeated about three to four times when one is refinishing bamboo floors for both a smooth look and adequate protection.