How to Sand Bamboo Floors

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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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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

Things You Will 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

Tip

  • Wear a dust mask when sanding.

Warning

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

About the Author

Jim Wildman served in the United States Marine Corps as a Communication Chief for 10 years. After his tour of duty in Desert Storm he attended Oklahoma State University receiving his Bachelor of Architecture. He worked as an architect for 10 years before starting his own design/build company. He began writing in 2009 for Demand Studios and published on eHow.