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Help! How do I remove Bona Kemi Cleaner?!

Posted by christinemk (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 27, 06 at 20:15

Bona Kemi has left a reside all over our floors. How can I remove this? The residue makes our new floor look disgusting and dusty/dirty. It is in the hand scraping and heavy grain, and doesn't appear to be in the smooth parts.
Thank you,
Christine


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RE: Help! How do I remove Bona Kemi Cleaner?!

If I were you.I'd contact the company and see what they recommend. Are you talking about the cleaner or the restorer product?


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RE: Help! How do I remove Bona Kemi Cleaner?!

This is not typical of this product. My guess is you used too much aand/or waited too long to wash the floor. The purpose of the cleaner is to clean it before using the Restorer. To wash the floor you just use a water on the Kemi pad. So to get rid of it, all you have to do is use the Restorer. No need to rinse.


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RE: Help! How do I remove Bona Kemi Cleaner?!

I am aware that this is supposedly not typical of this VERY popular product. I can take a brand new board out of a box that has never been installed, mist Bona on it, and wipe it IMMEDIATELY and see the tiny white spots beginning to appear as it dries. We have not used too much, unless lightly misting it is too much. Bona has a mild detergent in it according to what I have been told. I have several bottles of the cleaner (the refresher is not for this type of problem, nor has Bona offered it as a solution at this time). Our installers were the first to use Bona on the floors. I observed their simple mist and wipe method. The first signs of residue were after their initial cleaning. I thought it was dust, so I used Bona again to remove the "dust" and realized that it was the Bona leaving a film, and not dust on my floor. We have cleaned this floor according to Bona's instructions, but our floor looks terrible. It was such a pretty floor before the use of this product. I was hoping that some of the people who have also had poor results mentioned on this forum would be able to tell me how or if they removed this. Water alone doesn't touch this problem...it is stuck in our floor. We have also been told you do not need to rinse this product. At this point, until Bona gives us an answer, or we find one elsewhere, I am doing nothing but vacuuming. We need to be able to clean the floors as allergies are of concern and that is why I have posted here.
Thanks for any help.


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RE: Help! How do I remove Bona Kemi Cleaner?!

Vinegar is often recommended for wood floors, and it is also known for cutting soap scum residue, so that is what I'd try here. I've also seen recommendations for 1/4 cup vinegar per quart of water, which might be a good place to start, increasing the vinegar if it doesn't do what you need it to.

Jean Marie


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RE: Help! How do I remove Bona Kemi Cleaner?!

Don't use vinegar. You are misunderstanding the point of the cleaner. It is not a cleaner for everyday maintenance. It is used, perhaps leaving a film, for a pre-prep for the /Refresh/Restorer.
To clean the floor, you DAMPEN the pad with water , not soaking wet, and clean with that. It will get rid of your current film and also keep your floors sparkling. The trick is to keep the pad clean. If you are cleaning with a dirty pad you will get a dirty floor.

I had dark floors, lived on a dusty farm, and had animals come in the house with dirty paws. Cleaning the floor with the pad was very very effective. After six months or so, because of heavy use, I would use the cleaner, and then the Refresh/Restorer. I had like new floors.

Really, you should try this. The product is a good one and it is misuse that seems to create this confusion.
Good luck! Your floors sound beautiful. And floor installers have a lot of misinformation.


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Sorry, didn't see part of your post.

I apologise for missing the part that it is stuck in crevices and you have allergies. I can't answer your question since I never had this problem.
Perhaps you could try scrubbing by hand (UGH!) the floor with a microfiber pad or cloths damped with water and get it out.
Good luck.


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RE: Help! How do I remove Bona Kemi Cleaner?!

I'm confused hamtonmeadow. Are you saying that you only use Bona twice a year and are just cleaning your floor with a damp microfiber pad? I agree, that would probably work. My cleaning woman uses the Bona every two weeks and I don't see a build up. Don't mean to sound stupid here. I wasn't sure I was getting what you said exactly.


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RE: Help! How do I remove Bona Kemi Cleaner?!

We have used Bona the way the manufactuer of it suggests. They, as well as the company who manufactured the floor, say to not use a damp pad on the floor. They say to spray Bona cleaner right out of the bottle and wipe immediately with the microfiber mop/pad. We have tried scrubbing and cannot get the cleaner out of the crevices, heavy grain, or handscraping on the floor. We have not misused this product and can prove that to anyone who enters our home and watches us spray a board, and let it dry. The process of build up occurs very fast. Our installers sprayed it just once and it got the dusty look after one cleaning. At this point, if we were to use vinegar and water the manufacturer will void the warranty. Meanwhile we are stuck with Bona stuck in our floor.


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RE: Help! How do I remove Bona Kemi Cleaner?!

I just used Bona as it was recommended by many and it also left a film on my brand new hardwood floors. I bought the product for general cleaning of spots, etc. Any help with this problem!


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