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Cleaning hardwood with Windex?

Posted by IliN (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 19, 14 at 13:20

We just had our floors refinished 5 months ago and I have tried a few different methods of cleaning (Bona floor cleaner, Pledge 4in1, vinegar + water) They would all leave a weird cloudy film on my floor and when walked on, we would have footprint marks everywhere. I tried cleaning it with some Windex and my floors look amazing and shiny. Could it damage my floors with long term use though?

Edited to add: The finish is winwax dark walnut with 2-3 coats of polyurethane on it.

This post was edited by IliN on Wed, Feb 19, 14 at 13:32


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RE: Cleaning hardwood with Windex?

I'm going to take a guess that the Pledge product is the culprit. If you used the Pledge it probably left something behind. Neither the alcohol in the Bona nor the vinegar and water would remove it but the ammonia in the Windex would.

Unless your floor is on it's last legs and you're trying to avoid resanding for a short time, you should never use anything that claims to add a shine or protection to your wood floor.

Read the description and a review on this site.
http://www.drugstore.com/pledge-4in-1-wood-floor-cleaner-citrus/qxp193247

I had an experience with residue on a floor that I was able to remove with ammonia based Windex.

Bona cleaner is alcohol based and WILL NOT leave a residue.
There are two types of Windex, ammonia and vinegar. The ammonia could potentially harm the floor. Ammonia can chemically alter the wood and make it darker. Ever seen a pet urine stain? That's from ammonia. Since your floor is dark you might not see the darkening.
I used to recommend vinegar, but for some reason, manufacturers have moved away from it.

If the floor is now free of residue, go back to the Bona cleaner.


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RE: Cleaning hardwood with Windex?

Yes I did indeed use the Pledge first... I am so annoyed because on the package it specifically says NO RESIDUE or film. UGH!
The Windex seems to have been the only one to be able to take that film off. I will try the Bona again once the Pledge film is 100% off. Thanks!


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RE: Cleaning hardwood with Windex?

I've noticed a film when I have cleaned the windows, so I would imagine the same is happening on your floors. I have wood and use Bono, and even though the floors were a matte finish to begin with, seem to be getting duller. My DD has dark Brazilian cherry floors and her housekeeper has been using Murphy's Oil the last 7 years, and they look as shiny as when they were installed, and I don't ever notice a film. She said she uses 'very' little, but didn't exactly know how much.

I have always heard MO should not be used on wood, but maybe it's all in the amount. Read the reviews. ;)


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RE: Cleaning hardwood with Windex?

Tried the Bona again after the Windex and it was better but still not as good as the Windex! WIll try again in a few weeks. I have heard of Murphy's Oil will check it out too.


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RE: Cleaning hardwood with Windex?

Murphy's oil soap will leave an oily residue on your floors.

You will be right back to the yucky film.


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RE: Cleaning hardwood with Windex?

You should clean your wood floor with water only, and then maybe a little vinegar as a final wipe. As you're seeing (and will see with the Murphy's Oil), everything else is not suitable, or not necessary (alcohol in Bona).


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