How to Clean Bamboo Floors With Shark or Bissell Steam Mop

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Use a steam mop to clean your bamboo floors.
Use a steam mop to clean your bamboo floors. (Image: bamboo image by fotografiche.eu from Fotolia.com)

Bamboo floors are growing in popularity as an alternative to hardwood floors. Bamboo can be attractive, durable and sustainable. As with any flooring, bamboo benefits from regular cleaning and maintenance. A steam mop can be used to clean bamboo floors in a non-abrasive and non-chemical manner. Shark and Bissell are two major manufacturers of steam mops. These lightweight mops work by heating water to steam clean the floors.

Cleaning with the Shark Steam Mop

Vacuum or sweep the bamboo floors. This removes larger debris that could scuff or damage the floors.

Attach the mop pad to the steam mop. The Shark mop pad attaches onto the bottom of the steam mop using a hook and latch setup. Push down to secure it in place.

Fill the water tank. Unscrew the cap from the water tank. Set the funnel into the tank. Fill the included flask with water. Pour the water from the flask into the tank. Remove the funnel and replace the cap.

Unwrap the power cord and plug it into a power outlet. When the power light turns green, wait 30 seconds for the unit to heat up. Pump the handle several times to prepare the cleaning pad.

Move the steam mop over the bamboo floor. Pump the handle to emit more steam.

Cleaning with the Bissell Steam Mop

Vacuum or sweep the bamboo floors. This removes larger debris that could scuff or damage the floors.

Attach the mop pad to the steam mop. The Bissell uses a toggle to secure the mop head into place. Tighten the toggle until it is snug.

Lift the Bissell tank straight up to remove it from the steam mop. Unscrew the cap and fill it with water. Replace the cap and reattach the tank to the unit.

Unwrap the power cord from the steam mop and plug it into a power outlet. Wait for the ready light to come on.

Pass the steam mop over the area of the bamboo floor you wish to clean. Press the trigger to emit steam as you clean. Refill the water tank if needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Excess water can damage bamboo floors. Make sure floors are well dried after cleaning.
  • Don't leave the steam mop over the same spot for too long. Excess water and heat can cause damage.
  • Wait for the steam mop to cool down before removing the mop pad.

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