This article’s goal and objective is to provide our readers with the preparation process for resealing a bamboo floor. Over time, floor seals that are used to protect and beautify the floor wear out. This wearing out is primarily caused by foot traffic in a commercial building. When this occurs the bamboo floor needs to be resealed to continue to protect the bamboo floor.
Keeping bamboo floors properly protected with a seal and resealing when necessary is critical to preventing damage to the bamboo floor because bamboo is wood and wood hates water. Water as discussed in many articles on cleaning wood floors will cause tremendous damage to the flooring which leads to huge unnecessary cost to repair.
If you’re not interested in floor finish preparation of bamboo floors, please click on the following links to prior articles written about daily cleaning of bamboo floors for residential and commercial buildings. (Cleaning Bamboo Floors – Best Cleaning Steps For Residential and Bamboo Floor Cleaning – Daily Cleaning Steps – Commercial).
Always check with the bamboo floor manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning maintenance, sealing wood floors, restorative care such as repairing scratches and dents, water damage, warranties, etc. Doing so, will assist in not only clean bamboo floors but also prolong the life of the bamboo floor and eliminate potential problems.
Bamboo Flooring Cleaning – Step by Step Preparation Resealing Procedures
Preparation for this process is critical. So use a checklist that provides information…
- Required tools, equipment, supplies, etc.
- Be sure to schedule the correct amount of labor required to complete the work
- Assign specific duties and task to each individual person working on the process
- Organize the process and schedule the work
- Layout the process on where to start, stop and where to finish the process by determining exits and entrances
- Identify where the water supply is located, where the equipment and supplies will be staged, etc.
Bamboo Flooring Cleaning – Procedures, Supplies, Equipment and Tools –Reasons
Attached Soil Removal: Use Heavy-Duty Putty Knife and Paint Scrappers
Reason: Removal of adhered debris and soils such as Gum, Stickers, Paint, Labels, etc. is a critical first step and will help insure that these soils do not interfere in the next step of the process.
Dust Mopping: Use Cotton or Microfiber Dust Mops
Reason: To remove loose soil and debris from the bamboo floor. Conventional dust mopping tools such as cotton mop dust heads are fine for this step Microfiber dust mop systems outperform cotton mop heads and are recommended for this step.
Vacuuming the Wood Floor and Mats: Use a Dry Vacuum System – Upright, Canister, etc.
Reason: Vacuuming is essential for removing any remaining loose debris that may compromise the floor finishing results. All mats should be cleaned and vacuumed prior to beginning the next steps.
Initial Cleaning: Use an Automatic Scrubber with black or blue pads and Quality Floor Cleaner
Reason: Provides the removal of any sticky residue or soil that maybe left on the bamboo floor and provides initial abrasion to the existing floor finish coating. This step is critical in the adhesion of the floor finish recoat later.
Abrasion Step: Use a Single Disc Slower Speed Machine or Disk Dustless Sander with #120 Screen Discs and 3M Surface Prep Pads
Reason: The purpose is to abrade the old floor finish coating to a smooth consistent and uniform appearance. This step will remove the gloss of the floor. 3M Surface Prep Pads are commonly utilized to achieve the dulling effect of the gloss of the old floor finish gloss in low and uneven spots on the bamboo floor.
Second Cleaning: Use an Automatic Scrubber with blue pads and Quality Floor Cleaner
Reason: This is a two step process that insures that any remaining dust, grit and soil is removed from the bamboo floor. The first step is to scrub the floor with a quality floor cleaner and the second step in this process is scrub the floor again but using only clear water in the solution tank of the automatic scrubber.
Damp Tacking: Use a 3M Dust Trap Microfiber System
Reason: This step is the last chance to remove any remaining loose debris from the floor. It is critical NOT to over wet the floor and the use of a microfiber mop will assist in preventing over wetting the floor. Over wetting can have a negative effect on the recoat floor finish.
Inspection Prior to Floor Finish Recoat:
Reason: This step may seem small but it may be the most important because it is the last chance to inspect the complete floor for any missed spots or errors made during the preparation process. If there are areas that need to be corrected, now is the time to perform the tasks as outlined above in those areas requiring correction.
Floor Finish Recoat Application: Lamb Wool Applicator or Approved Application System
Reason: To provide a new and rejuvenated clean glossy appearance while protecting the bamboo floor. Be sure prior to starting the floor finish application task that all entrance and exit ways are secure. This will prevent accidental foot traffic on the wet floor finish. It is also advised that while ventilation can speed up the drying time of the freshly applied floor finish, if the ventilation is too strong, it can cause negative effects during the drying process and also blow unwanted loose soil and hair onto the wet floor finish. Follow the label for application coverage rates, the second coat process, dry times and application steps of the floor finish. It is also recommended that you work in a pattern that leaves you an exit route and while applying the floor finish insure that no splashing, pools of floor finish or heavy overlapping occurs on the floor.
Bamboo Flooring Cleaning – Resealing Prep Cleaning Recommendation
To insure proper, installation, sealing and repairs, it is recommended a profession is used. A professional contractor has the experience needed to complete and insure quality installation as well as maintenance and is money well spent. Using a professional will end up saving money in the long run.
Bamboo Flooring Cleaning – Reference Websites