Bona VS. Water & Vinegar – Don’t Mop Your Hardwood Flooring!

At Gaylord Hardwood Flooring we are always trying to give our clients the absolute best information to maintain their hardwood flooring. If properly cared for, a hardwood floor can last a lifetime. Nothing damages wood products more than water, so cleaning your hardwood floor with water is the worst possible thing you can do. We recommend Bona cleaning products and this video will explain why.

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SusanMCM says:

I was told to use a mixture of equal parts of water, white vinegar and alcohol in a spray bottle set on mist. The alcohol helps the mixture dry faster. Mist a section of the floor with the solution, clean area with a damp cloth in a back and forth motion and dry with a terrycloth towel – move to the next section.

dbreardon says:

Those did not look like hardwood floors. They looked like laminated wood flooring. In other words, not real hardwood solid flooring.

McVicious says:

Been cleaning wood flooring professionally for years using only vinegar and water with a damp mop to clean up the shit left behind by Bona and Murphy’s!

Isabel Tome says:

Bona reacts with vinegar.
I put bona in a spray bottle that had vinegar before .
And it reacted.

crystal bowman says:

Bona floor polish was the worst decision I ever made for my floors. I’ll never buy another bona product again.

jeff m says:

Longest commercial I’ve ever seen

MrOramato says:

I did not have time to read all the posts so if I am redoubling what others have written my apology in advance.
I don’t care what product you use but if you don’t take it off once in a while you are going to have buildup and leave behind particles that will scratch and dull over time. Wood is a tissue with pores and must be treated as such. The suggestion of 25% vinegar, especially “weekly” is just stupid. First buy regular old white vinegar. So called “cleaning vinegar” is a gimmick. Since you are diluting it anyway, why pay double for a product that is 6% when you can just dilute the regular vinegar less? I have always used a measured half cup (4 oz) white vinegar, a few drops of DAWN (Brand matters in this case because we want its GENTLENESS AND DEGREASING properties), but just a little squirt is plenty, and a full gallon (128 oz) of WARM (HOT IS NOT BETTER) Tap water.(4oz/128oz = 3.12%, SO THAT IS WHY 25% IS STUPID). DO NOT SOAK THE FLOOR. Soaking could open the grain which is bad, especially on an engineered floor. Soaking will also tend to work against adhesives, or rosin paper which is often there to prevent fastener squeaking. You can use an old rag, and Dobie pad on tough spots (never forget gentle). Use other rags, or paper to dry as you go.
For finish it depends on lifestyle (not the one you wished you live, the way you actually live). For working couples, you ain’t going to look at your floors more than once a month or two and MAYBE after ROOMBA finishes it’s okay job of getting the Dog hair. For you BONA POLISH is okay after you gently clean and dry it as per above. USE THE HIGH GLOSS because ROOMBA actually pulls dog hair in from a fair distance and it slides better on gloss.
For those who are living a different life style, I recommend you learn about your floor (is it 3/4″ t&g, or engineered and what species). Then learn about wood finishes. There are some really wonderfully products out there for finishing your freshly sanded hardwood floor. I recently discovered products by TOTAL BOAT. There is no law that prevents you from making your household wood gleam like a million dollar yacht. The satisfaction you’ll get from learning about wood has the potential to change your life. Just not when you are both working 50 hour weeks and running Iron Man for fun.

Frances Chang says:

That’s it because it cheap wood. When you buy fake wood floor you paid for cleaner to keep fake wood in tack. So go with real hardwood flooring and you can just mop w soap and water.

Brandi Sodemann says:

I use Murphy oil soap and I have a spin mop to where it’s so lightly damp it dries within seconds

gigfydotcom says:

I’m a 3rd generation hardwood floorman. My grandfather always said to use luke warm water and Ivory Snow laundry flakes. Wring out the rag well. A light wipe down and you’re good to go.

Chris Gamble says:

Vinegar & Water generally represents all proprietary floor cleaning products

negusdawoo says:

Isn’t a paper towel harsh .. u mention vinegar mix but what about water only?

suizyde says:

Fuck me u dont even know how to use a mop properly

Diego Julio says:

No duh its going to cause water damage. Soaking the floor 30 times in one day!

jackieeeap2 says:

Looking at the backlash, i think you guys realised to make a better test, think people are dumb on here, and choose your words carefully…like mentioning one product as good and another terrible. You should have repeat through out your presentation that the best way you have seen floors you guys make have better results with. Not make it seem as if this was a commercial for a product and the other product sucks in comparison. I would say to redeem yourselves and make a better video and delete this one.

HowToLiving says:

My left ear enjoyed this.

Oh Bichon Please says:

this is bullshit. don’t leave water sitting

volim volim says:

this is BS a they showed no steps which was likely done to deceive viewers

S Solomn says:



Forever Learning says:

I’m glad to have found this video! I have engineered hardwood and two boy cats that make sure I am always vacuuming and cleaning – fur and other fluids! 😛 Anyway, I have been using Bona but never too satisfied with it. I am not caring about it being shiny, just spot free. I find using Bona cleaner doesn’t always take the spots away. I read Mike A’s comments and recipe and thought I might as well try it!

The recipe he provided yields quite a large quantity, so I quartered it. I got a clean spray bottle and filled it with the following:
16 oz of distilled water
7 ml of regular vinegar
a drop of dish soap (it’s orange in colour but I thought one drop will not hurt)

I found an area that has a number of spots and misted it with the DIY cleaner and with a paper towel wiped it right away. Well….it worked! The spots are gone! and the best part is I know even if my dumb dumb furballs lick it they will be okay. Thanks, Mike A. I would also add I have been transitioning to more natural cleaning products, and I have another use for Dawn dish soap and vinegar in the kitchen and bathrooms. In a spray bottle,​ I put Dawn and vinegar together (Dawn 40/vinegar 60). I use it to wash my dishes – find it cuts the grease especially in plastic containers as well vinegar disinfects. I also use it on my stainless steel, granite countertops. Bathroom because I have cats again I use this to clean the surfaces – here I get a stronger cleaning vinegar that has double the acidity. I’m going to share this wood cleaning recipe with my friends and family. Thank you!

jessewhite34081 says:

I myself use wax every 2 weeks after cleaning with distilled water dish soap and vinegar solution and this is a key point a mist from a spray bottle on a dry micro fiber mop this removes the remaining wax from the surface oh by the way my floor is real hard wood and I installed in my home in 1999, not one problem yet . It looks like the one he is putting the water solution on is actually composite or aka compressed cardboard and it’s not a good idea to get that stuff even damp it’s like a sponge

Susan "Kiki" Eldridge says:

I just bought a house with engineered flooring. It looks like they put some type of shiny coat AROUND their rugs, so now there is a unshiny area where the rugs were. How can I make my floors uniformed? I don’t care if they are shiny or flat, just don’t want run rings!

Andrene Milo says:

Bono is expensive as shit. Plus you have to use a ridiculous amount of bono to get that shine. And my house is not a locked up museum, a dog and two 4yr olds is crazy traffic.

Robert says:

Funny he dried the hardwood cleaner, but did not dry the floor he mopped. This is a very bad, one sided demonstration. Don’t believe this guy. I mop my wood floor, but I also dry immediately dry it. I have had no problems.

Tim Hession says:

A 6 1/2 min crappy commercial

Egor Dyachenko says:

do it yourself , go to woodprix page and learn how .

Gordon Louks says:

YouTube is great

Azzam Alkhaldi says:

ok GAYLORD first of all you suck for advertising a shity product. 2nd of all you can name your establishment or business any name you want why the fuck did you pick GAYLORD? is that the name of the owner?

also hahahaha you can see the reflection of the fat guy glasses and asked him to read whats in the screen.

i dont know whats more embarrassing your business’s name or lying to million of people around the world, i’m overseas by the way.

tb1234621 says:

Just another company trying to sale there product. This was in good information… i will not purchase your product. Try you product on REAL hardwood , not that fake crap.

sallychuck says:

Glad I wasn’t the only one who noticed the fact that they dried the floor after bona, but not with the vinegar solution. I have used bona, which is why I am on here looking on how to make by floors look better.

Egor Tetenko says:

I am pretty sure you can find good solution on woodprix page 🙂

MrMarckeedee says:

This myth that you can never mop your floor would make it impossible to EVER clean a dirty hard wood floor. As a professional cleaner 50% or more of the hard wood floors I see are very dirty (thus the need for a professional cleaning service). Cleaning here in the New Orleans region I would say that 80% of the houses have hard wood floors in the living rooms and bedrooms and tiles in the kitchens and bathrooms. Thus it is not feasible for the client or the service to use two systems on one house. When hard wood floors are VERY dirty, grease, dust build up, sticky materials, (beer, soda spills), mud, water residue….etc. you NEED to mop. Also we do tons of post construction cleans, and you HAVE to mop to get the dust and debris up, even after dry mopping or sweeping. the trick is to use VERY little water, a little Murphy’s or even vinegar, open doors or turn on ceiling fans, Use a good, large industrial mop, wring it out REALLY good. Get any excess water out, with a very minimal damp mop…mop WITH the grain, any water that does not dry can be dried up with cotton cloth.

I mop hundreds of floors like this, including mine once a month and the wood is in VERY good condition. HArd wood floors have been in this city since they late 1700’s, we live in a humid wet environment and people just started using Bona and other sry mop methods. Hard wood floors are actually VERY resilient and as long as you do not use too much water and toxic harsh soaps you can and SHOULD mop now and then. Ideally your floor is clean enough and you can use a fiber dry mop and spray just water with a little vinegar. But this is not an ideal world…especially in this city.

John Shaw says:

From reading all the great comments, it seems to be more about Technique, rather than Bona vs. Vinegar.
That said, it seems like a Vinegar solution is fine, as long as the moisture is removed immediately.
What about using a floor fan, drying the area right away? Also, there are different types of Vinegar.
Is there a preferred type of Vinegar? White, Distilled, Malt? I imagine (not being a chemist) that different types of Vinegar have different levels of Acidity / Ph?

Zoch Buppet says:

Who knew that having hardwood floors was like laying down silk. Not that you should be throwing a whole bunch of water on the floor and leaving. Just tells you how shiity things are made these day.

Maryann Anderson says:

I’m not going to get involved in the vinegar and water versus Bona debate; however, I think to be a valid test everything should be identical on both sides EXCEPT the cleaning agent.  The same type of mop should have been used and when a paper towel was used to blot up any excess liquid on the Bona side the same thing should have been done on the vinegar and water side.  I cry foul!

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