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Best pH Neutral Hardwood Floor Cleaners

Updated on July 14, 2017

There are endless hardwood floor cleaning products available that promise to clean your hardwood floors without dulling and streaking, leaving residue or even causing damage. Unfortunately, most of these cleaners break their promise with harsh ingredients that leave a hazy, unclean appearance. Thankfully, there are top-selling cleaners with the correct balance of gentle ingredients that make hardwood floors shine, while also reversing the damage caused by other products. These best hardwood floor cleaners have a neutral pH balance to safely clean and restore your hardwood floor effectively.


Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Bona is the leading hardwood floor cleaner used by professionals, and is also a residential consumer favorite. This pH neutral and environmentally safe cleaner has been labeled the highest quality cleaner for hardwood floors. It restores shine to unwaxed floors without leaving hazy streaks or damaging the finish. Since it is non-toxic, it is safe for pets, plants and families.

Bona is available in multiple sizes including 22 and 32 ounce spray bottles, and 96 and 128 ounce economy sizes. There is also a 28.75 ounce hardwood floor cleaning cartridge refill for the Bona floor care system. For quick spills try the wet cleaning pads, and extend the life of your floor!


Glitsa Clean Wood Floor Cleaner

Glitsa Clean is a water based Swedish hardwood floor cleaner that leaves no dulling residue. It is non-toxic, contains no phosphates and is biodegradable making it not only safe for both finished and unfinished hardwood floors, but safe for pets, families and the environment as well. Since this cleaner is pH neutral it does not violate or break the warranty of a hardwood floor, and may even extend the floor's life. It is available in quart and gallon concentrate sizes, and also a ready-to-use 32 ounce spray bottle.

Too much liquid can damage floors, while the wrong formula may not work. Look for pH-neutral, nontoxic and biodegradable formulas to clean effectively and keep your home and environment safe.

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Woodwise Terry Mop Kit
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Woodwise No Wax Hardwood Cleaner

Woodwise hardwood floor cleaner leaves a beautiful shine on every hardwood floor that is surface-coated (except waxed floors). It has no waxes or oils to attract dirt and soil, and it quickly dries without leaving a dulling residue. This environmentally safe pH neutral cleaner leaves a fresh scent, is phosphate-free and also biodegradable.

Woodwise is available multiple sizes including a one quart ready-to-use spray, and three concentrate sizes. The concentrate sizes include one quart, one gallon and a 4 ounce trial size. The cleaner is also available in Woodwise's Terry Mop Kit.


Pallmann Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Pallmann cleaner for hardwood floors is pH neutral with no abrasive or caustic ingredients. This water-based formula is safe to use on waterborne, solvent polyurethane, Swedish and unwaxed finishes. It leaves behind a fresh lemon scent, and adds shine to your floors without streaking or residue.

Pallmann cleaner is sold in an ergonomic 32-ounce pistol grip bottle. The bottle has three sprayer settings including spray, stream and a closed position for easy clean-ups and conservation. Pallmann has a full line of hardwood floor products available at their website.

How to Clean Your Wood Floors

Soaked mops should never be used on hardwood floors as they cause extensive damage. When applying cleaner to your floor use a sprayer or squirt bottle, then quickly wipe the solution away with a dry mop or cloth until it is close to dry. Be sure not to use hardwood flooring products containing ammonia or oil soaps as they ruin the finish, and cause warping. It is important that spills are spot cleaned immediately with any of the best hardwood floor cleaning products above to extend the life of your floors.

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      Louise 5 months ago

      Bona is terrible. It is too expensive and leaves streaks and a build up on wooden floors. Stay clear of this product! No matter what manufacturers recommend. It's a racket!