Products to Avoid When Cleaning Your Hardwood Floors

If you have visited your local big box retailer recently in pursuit of a product to clean your hardwood floors, you will have noticed that the choices offered are overwhelming.  Not to mention everyone has a different opinion about what chemical you should be using to clean your hardwood floors.  If you are new to cleaning hardwood floors then it is very important that you choose the correct cleaning product, and avoid anything that could void your flooring warranty. 

One particular cleaning agent homeowners should avoid when cleaning hardwood floors is Orange Glo.  Orange Glo states on their website that it is a high quality wood conditioner, cleaner and polish that will leave no oily or waxy residue on surfaces.  That all sounds great, but unfortunately there is no truth behind that promise.  Orange Glo leaves behind a film on your hardwood floors, and if it is applied multiple times it can leave a dull white film on your floor that is very hard to remove, and can cost you thousands of dollars to repair or replace the flooring it was used on.  Orange Glo is aware that their product will damage your hardwood floors because their customer service representatives have directions on how to remove the film from your flooring. 

If you have used Orange Glo on your hardwood floors, don’t worry because the damage may be reversible.  Below are the directions on how to remove Orange Glo and restore the beautiful shine back to your hardwood flooring.  Once the film is removed, avoid any cleaners that are wax or oil based.  Bona Chemi Swedish Formula or Basic Coatings are the two cleaners that we recommend at Mullican Flooring.  If you are ever in doubt of how to clean your hardwood floors and what chemical to use visit Mullican’s web-page for all of your floor care questions. 

Instructions on how to Remove Orange Glo:

  • Mix 1/2 cup of ammonia with 1 gallon of warm water.
  • Apply soultion to floor by hand with a well rung out cloth in an inconspicuous place first to test, do not saturate floors with a mop.
  • Once you determine its okay to use on your floors...apply to floor and let stand for 5 minutes. 
  • Wipe up the solution with a clean soft cloth.
  • Wipe with circular motion if there is more of a build-up. 
  • According to how much build up you might have to repeat the process until it's all off. 

Orange Glo was used on this floor, and as you can see it did not leave a beautiful shine.  Instead it left a dull, white film. 


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  • 7/3/2012 1:36 AM Wholesale Cotton Bags wrote:
    Very nice! I am looking for this type of info and sometimes I get lucky like today.... Thanks for your post.
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  • 2/5/2013 7:20 AM chris wrote:
    This is exactly the info I need. I stupidly used Orange Glo for almost a year of cleaning my new hardwood floors. Now there is a terrible residue in several spots. I have spent time on my hands and knees scrubbing with vinegar and water. I switched to Bona several months ago, and nothing has worked. I will try the ammonia. Wish me luck.
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  • 11/25/2013 2:54 AM mirage flooring wrote:
    I personally would stay away from any floor products that that claims to be a 3 in 1 product such as "Cleans, Conditions and Polish", they all for short of that claim. Stick to a traditional cleaner such as Bona or Polycare for these cleaners are formulated specifically to clean any hardwood floor coated with a urethane finish (not for waxed or oiled finishes).
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