How to Stain Bamboo Poles

By Julie Richards ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Rubber gloves
  • Sand paper
  • Stain
  • Newspaper
  • Well-ventilated area
  • Application sponge or rag

Bamboo is a renewable resource that is becoming more popular in home decor. Stained bamboo is being used for flooring, lamps, furniture, and many craft items. Bamboo wears beautifully, lasts for a long time and withstands all sorts of wear and tear. Creating beautiful bamboo creations can be fun, simple and save lots of money on home decorating. Staining bamboo is not as hard as it may seem.

Choose quality pieces of bamboo for the project. Cracked, brittle, or uneven thicknesses of bamboo can cause the finished product to appear cheap or damaged.

Allow the natural bamboo to weather. This will cause the wood to turn a gray color. When gray, the bamboo will be ready to be stained any color chosen.

Sand bamboo down to a smooth finish. The natural finish of the bamboo will make this step difficult. A coarse sand paper will be necessary. Repeat the sanding process until the entire piece of bamboo has been sanded.

Cover the entire work space with newspaper. This will keep the stain where it belongs, on the bamboo. Put on the rubber gloves.

Apply the stain to the bamboo with the application sponge or rag. One coat will not be enough to achieve the desired shade. Allow each coat to dry before applying another one to the bamboo.

Sanding between coats, with a fine sand paper, will allow the bamboo to absorb more of the stain. The darker the stain, the harder the bamboo will be to stain. Allow the stained bamboo to dry completely.

About the Author

Julie Richards is a freelance writer from Ohio. She has been writing poetry and short stories for over 30 years, and published a variety of e-books and articles on gardening, small business and farming. She is currently enrolled at Kent State University completing her bachelor's degree in English.