Cleaning Bamboo Furniture

Written by steve smith
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Bamboo furniture is sturdy and very strong. However, the bamboo wood is not identical to hardwoods. In fact, bamboo is not a wood at all. It is technically a grass and it contains many small cells which give it strength and flexibility. It does have a surface layer where the cells are smaller and packed closer together. This surface can still be cleaned like any other hardwood, and additional stains, waxes and other polishes or finishes are usually applied. When you clean, be aware of the finish on your bamboo furniture, because this dictates the type of cleaner you can use.

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Stained Bamboo Furniture

Bamboo furniture that has been stained should be cleaned using general household wood cleaners like Pledge. Spray the cleaner onto the surface as you would on a hardwood table and wipe clean with a cloth or rag. Do this as much as necessary. The cleaner will remove dirt and apply a thin layer or coating that returns shine to the bamboo. If this shine does not appear, you should consider using a harder wax or refinishing the bamboo with another type of stain with more sheen.

Unfinished Bamboo Furniture

Clean unfinished bamboo furniture with mild soap and water. This removes dirt and some grease. It is also a wise choice to dust the furniture frequently because dirt will build up on the arms and legs, and this can scratch the surface. Scratches can be buffed away with a lightly abrasive cloth or high-grit sandpaper; however, this will remove the bamboo's natural finish. Using Windex or another low-acid cleaner is fine for natural bamboo, but it should not be used on it every day. A dust rag is fine for weekly cleaning. Clear waxes or polishes should be applied every six months to a year.

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