After installing bamboo floors in your home, you may be concerned about pet accidents or high traffic. Sealed bamboo floors could ease this concern, but not all bamboo floors come sealed. Bamboo flooring is environmentally friendly because bamboo is a fast-growing grass and does not destroy natural forests to be manufactured.
When purchasing bamboo floors, find out if the manufacturer seals the floors with a polyurethane before installation. The flooring should be labeled and easy to understand. If they are unfinished, they will not come sealed. Sealing the flooring once it is installed could void your manufacturer's warranty. But sealing the floor is the only way to protect against pet urine.
If you decide you want to seal the floors yourself, look for a diamond-coat polyurethane to do the job. Use clean brushes and make sure to section off each area so that children or pets do not walk on the fresh finish. Giving each section an even coat will help protect the floors from pets and children.
If you have unfinished bamboo floors and a pet has an accident, the best thing to do is clean up the mess quickly before it can soak in. Bamboo floors can stain, but they are made of a very durable material, so if you get to the mess quickly, you will have saved your floors.
If you have had your sealed bamboo floors for years, you may want to consider refinishing them. Over time, bamboo can lose some color and luster. By cleaning the floors and refinishing them with new polyurethane, you can increase the beauty and durability of your floors. Refinishing the floors will also help better protect the floors from pet accidents. As the sealed bamboo ages, it can develop cracks, which allow pet urine to seep in.
Sanding the Floors
If you have moved into a house with unsealed bamboo floors, you may consider improving the look by sealing them. First you want to clean the floors thoroughly. Then, using a disc sander, you should sand down the tops of the floor to make sure they are even. Remove any remaining dust by cleaning the floors. When dry, apply a coat of sealer or polyurethane. This will improve the look and quality of the floors. It will also protect them from pet accidents.
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