How to Sand Bamboo Floors

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Hardwood floors add beauty and charm to your home. Bamboo hardwood flooring is a fairly new addition to your flooring options. Bamboo flooring comes pre-finished and stained for installation. However, bamboo can be refinished like traditional hardwood flooring with just a few additional precautions that need to be taken. Bamboo is not only a beautiful flooring but considered a green product for our environment.

Things You'll Need

  • Painter's tape
  • Plastic sheet
  • Hammer
  • Carpenter's pry bar
  • Square buff sander
  • Palm sander
  • Sandpaper for both sanders 100, 120 and 180-grit
  • Remove everything from the room. Use painter's tape and a cheap plastic sheet to tape off the room to keep the sawdust out of other areas of your house.

  • Use a hammer and a trim pry bar to remove the baseboard carefully. Save the baseboard so that it can be reused after you have refinished the bamboo floor.

  • Use a square buff sander to sand the entire floor. Start in the upper left corner of the room and pull the sander toward you at a constant rate. Sand about two-thirds of the length of flooring. Sand the remaining width of the room one pass at a time.

  • Turn around and repeat step number 3 sanding the remaining part of the room.

  • Use a palm sander to get any spots that the square buff sander could not reach using the same grit of sandpaper as the square buff sander.

  • Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 using 120 then 180 grit sandpaper. Your floor is now ready to be stained and finished.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear a dust mask when sanding.
  • Bamboo flooring will burn if you use a flooring drum sander or leave the sander sitting in one place to long.

References

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