3 Cleaning Supplies That Are Safe on Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors generally require less day-to-day cleaning than other types of flooring, such as rugs and carpets. But occasionally, your floors will need a deeper cleaning beyond a simple sweep. The best cleaning supplies for your hardwood floors will not only help to keep it clean and disinfected, but also extend its lifespan. Most importantly, it’s wise to choose a cleaning solution that is specially developed for wooden floors to prevent further damage and fading. Continue on to learn more about cleaning supplies that are safe on hardwood floors.

Cleaning Supplies Suitable for Your Hardwood Floors

While you want to keep your floors sparkling clean and free from any microorganisms, it’s important to select the right supplies. Many floor cleaners contain abrasive ingredients (such as ammonia) that can damage the wood surface. And, surface cleaners aren’t always safe either as many of them are not optimized for hardwood floors. Often, they’ll leave your floors slippery once they dry. So, which cleaning supplies are safe on hardwood floors? The answer is simple: Bona products! Here are three Bona products you can use to clean and disinfect your hardwood floor without damaging it:

1. Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Spray

This water-based cleaning spray comes pre-mixed and contains antibacterial properties. Even more, it doesn’t require rinsing and it is safe to use around pets and kids. At Elite, we are Bona Certified Craftsman. We love that they are a safe, sustainable, and earth-friendly product. With over 100 years of expertise in hardwood flooring, their products are made specifically to help your hardwood. And, with Bona’s Dust Containment Systems, there’s no airborne dust generated to permeate a home or business.

2. Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Free of dyes and scents, Bona Free & Simple hardwood floor cleaner is the perfect choice for asthma and allergy-sufferers. With its water-based solution and hypoallergenic formula, this product reduces irritants on your hardwood floors without compromising its cleaning power. Thus, ensuring a safe product for your family, pets and our planet. Plus, it cleans hardwood by gently and effectively removing dust, dirt and grime to reveal their natural shine and beauty. Some additional benefits include:

  • Removes over 93.3% of allergens from hard-surfaces 
  • Dries fast, is residue-free, and environmentally safe
  • Ready-to-use, just spray and mop
  • Safe for all unwaxed, unoiled, polyurethane finished wood floors
  • GREENGUARD GOLD certified – very low VOC emissions
3. Bona Hardwood Floor Premium Motion Spray Mop

This luxury spray mop is an all-in-one solution that cleans and unveils the natural shine of your hardwood. The mop also comes with a 34oz refillable cartridge filled with Bona’s Hardwood Floor Cleaner and a washable microfiber pad. While delivering quick and effective cleaning, the easy-to-use flexible mop head also protects your furniture and baseboards  from scratches and dents. Not to mention, the innovative bag-in-bottle design allows for an even spray every time. Other features include: 

  • Extra-large mop head cleans 40% faster than other brands
  • Comes with a refillable cartridge and machine washable microfiber cleaning pad 
  • Durable and lightweight design with secondary grip, flexible rubber corners, and a retractable hook for easy storage
  • Safe for all unwaxed, unoiled, polyurethane finished wood floors

How to Choose a Cleaner That’s Safe on Hardwood Floor

The best cleaner for your hardwood floor should do the following:

  • Effectively remove dirt, grime, and stains
  • Not leave behind harmful chemical residue
  • Be gentle and protective on your floor finish
  • Not leave behind streaks or slippery residue
  • Rejuvenate your hardwood floor and leave it looking new
  • Sterilize your floor

While a cleaning solution may be generally safe on hardwood floors, it might not be the best solution for your specific hardwood type. Water-based cleaners and disinfectants are only for use on finished floors with a protective seal-like polyurethane. In addition, they should not be used on hardwood floors that are unfinished, wax-coated, or have a penetrating finish.

A quick way to find out whether your hardwood floor is sealed is to spill a few drops of water on a small concealed area. If the drops bead up, your surface is sealed. If it penetrates, that means it’s unsealed and should not be cleaned with any water-based formula.

Stay Safe During COVID-19 with the Right Cleaning Supplies

Your floor receives a high amount of traffic on a daily basis. Thus, increasing your risk of transferring viruses and bacteria into the home. Therefore, it’s crucial to get the most effective cleaning supplies for your hardwood floors. At Elite Hardwood Flooring, we recommend having a Bona Deep Cleaning complete once a year to remove harmful pollutants and to keep your hardwood floors looking their best.

As a gentle reminder, please practice social distancing and stay indoors whenever possible to effectively beat the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay safe!