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Bamboo is a fantastic material for use in the bathroom. However, it is not completely waterproof as standard, it is typically only water resistant. This means that it's able to cope with moderate amounts of water but should not be soaked for prolonged periods of time. If you wish to go that step further and would like to waterproof your Bamboo, please read below.
- Before you waterproof your bamboo furniture, you need to clean it thoroughly. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to dust your furniture.
- Take a soft cloth; dampened with vinegar, soapy water, or wood furniture cleaner. Afterwards, rinse the furniture with cold water.
- If your furniture is a little rough and worn, gently sand it with around 220-grit sandpaper. Sand with the grain to avoid damaging the bamboo. Sanding will also remove any of the natural silica layer. Wipe away any dust after you sand it.
- Do not use steel wool or sandpaper on bamboo that is not completely dry – it will cause your bamboo furniture or accessories to shred.
- Check your furniture for damage and repair any issues before sealing your furniture.
- Select and apply the sealant you want to use on your furniture.
Most sealants are applied in similar ways, but some of the applications vary. You should choose the sealant that best fits your needs and desired look. Please see our article on recommended sealants.
- Dust bamboo furniture with the brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner.
- After dusting your Bamboo, you should use a soft cloth that is dampened with vinegar, soapy water, or wood furniture cleaner. If the crevices of your furniture are particularly dirty, you can use a soft brush, to clean the in the crevices. It can be helpful to lightly clean your Bamboo furniture once a week or biweekly to prevent any dirt buildup.
- After cleaning, you should allow your bamboo furniture to dry completely. Place your furniture outside on a dry day and wipe the furniture with a soft cloth to dry it quickly and prevent any damage.
- If you live in a relatively low humidity area, you should think about polishing your Bamboo with linseed oil once a month to keep it from drying out and cracking.
- Once a year, you can apply a thin coat of liquid wax to your bamboo furniture to further protect it and bring back the natural shimmer.