If spillages or water are wiped away straight away then there should not be any damage to your bamboo floor. If however, large amounts of liquids or water are left to soak into and penetrate your floor over a period of time, then severe and irreparable water damage can occur. Water damage to your bamboo flooring is easy to identify as the planks of flooring may start to discolour, warp, distort and raise up. The ends of planks that have been cut can also go mouldy where water has soaked into the floor where the protective layer of lacquer has been cut. Unfortunately there is no simple way to repair a water damaged bamboo floor and often the only solution is the take up the flooring and replace.
Believe it or not, your best weapon against nasty pet mess smells on bamboo floors is probably in your pantry right now. White vinegar is a natural disinfectant and odor remover, and it can be used on bamboo floors. A one-quarter cup white vinegar per one quart of water solution is a safe and effective alternative to commercial cleaners and deodorizers; you can also use hardwood floor cleaners. Use a spray bottle to apply a thin film to the area, or rest a slightly damp sponge soaked in the vinegar solution on the stain for a few minutes, and then wipe it dry with soft paper towels.
How to Clean Engineered Bamboo Flooring
Fill your bucket ¾ full with warm (not hot) water and add some washing liquid. Avoid using any cleaning liquids containing oil or caustic ingredients. Using a good quality micro-fiber floor mop, mop the floor making sure you take special care with doorways and any areas where people walk. The mop should be damp, not wet as moisture left pooling can damage engineered bamboo flooring by getting down into the other wood layers beneath. Bamboo is quite water resistant but engineered bamboo is only a thin bamboo veneer glued over a plywood or sawdust base. The underlayers are easily damaged by moisture.