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Best pH Neutral Hardwood Floor Cleaners

Rachael is committed to finding natural cleaning solutions that meet or exceed the effectiveness of products containing synthetic additives.

Safely clean your hardwood floor with pH neutral solutions.

Safely clean your hardwood floor with pH neutral solutions.

The Benefits of pH Neutral Hardwood Cleaners

There are endless hardwood floor cleaning products on the market that promise to clean your floors without dulling or streaking, leaving a residue, or even causing damage; however, many of these cleaners contain ingredients that are not environmentally safe and have harsh pH balances that break their promise by making floors appear dull, hazy and unclean.

Thankfully, there are several top-rated hardwood floor cleaners available that contain gentle blends of effective pH neutral ingredients. These eco-friendly cleaners reverse the damage caused by other products and leave nothing on your floors but a healthy shine.

  1. Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner
  2. Glitsa Clean
  3. Woodwise Hardwood Floor Cleaner
  4. Pallman Hardwood Floor Cleaner

1. Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Bona is an environmentally safe cleaning formula that's unique, effective and favored by both commercial and residential consumers. This pH neutral solution gently and efficaciously removes dirt and grime from both waxed and unwaxed wood floors, while leaving nothing behind but natural shine. All Bona products feature a unique Swedish technology that rejuvenates the floor's polyurethane finish and highlights the natural beauty in the wood.

Bona has a variety of hardwood floor cleaning products available in an assortment of sizes, including Clean & Refresh, PowerPlus Deep, Free & Simple, Pro Series, Professional Series Natural Oil and their original hardwood floor cleaner. Accessories and kits are also available.

2. Glitsa Clean

Glitsa Clean is a water-based Swedish floor cleaner that leaves no dulling residue and revitalizes the natural glow in hardwood floors. It's 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 jeopardize hardwood floor warranties, and may even extend the life of your floor.

Glitsa is available in quart and gallon concentrate sizes, and also a ready-to-use 32-ounce spray bottle.

A Tip From Lowe's

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

3. Woodwise Hardwood Floor Cleaner

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

Woodwise is available in 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. This cleaner is also available in Woodwise's terry mop kit.

4. Pallmann Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Pallmann hardwood floor cleaner is pH neutral, non-abrasive and void of caustic ingredients. This water-based formula is safe to use on floors that have waterborne, polyurethane, Swedish or unwaxed finishes. Not only does it have a fresh lemon scent, but it also shines your floors without streaking or leaving behind a foggy residue.

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Pallmann cleaner is sold in an ergonomic 32-ounce pistol grip bottle. The bottle has three sprayer settings including spray, stream and a closed — 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

For Best Results

Soaked mops should never be used on hardwood floors. This is known to cause extensive damage. Hardwood flooring products containing ammonia or oil soaps should also be avoided. These ingredients ruin the urethane finish and cause the hardwood to warp.

For best results, apply the cleaner to your floor with a sprayer or squirt bottle, then quickly wipe away the solution with a dry mop or cloth until it is close to dry. It is also important to clean spills immediately, and spot clean when needed to extend the life of your floors.

The Best Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Questions & Answers

Question: Are any of these PH-neutral hardwood floor cleaners good for cleaning waxed wood floors?

Answer: Bona is a consumer favorite that is designated and safe for use on both waxed and unwaxed hardwood flooring.

© 2014 Rachael Ryhn - Jones


Rachael Ryhn - Jones (author) from Forest Lake, MN on November 29, 2017:

Hello Barbara,

When used over time, "Trewax" hardwood floor cleaner successfully removes wax and build up. This is a natural (not pH neutral) cleaner; with ingredients that were designed to remove wax, oily buildup and scuff marks.

I recommend using this hardwood floor cleaner several times in place of a pH neutral cleaner. This will allow the wax to slowly dissolve over time for optimum results.

Please keep me updated. I'd love to hear the results!


Barbara on November 25, 2017:

How do you remove the wax buildup before using a ph nuetral cleaner?

Louise on March 07, 2017:

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!

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