Cleaning Wood Floors with Ammonia Based Glass Cleaners like Windex
Learn how to use Windex to clean your hardwood floors. It is great for removing filmy residue.
A lot of people with polyurethane coated wood floors are turning to glass cleaners like Windex and Glass Plus. Obviously, a glass cleaner is not designed for wood floors. It is formulated specifically to clean glass. However, Windex has become a popular floor cleaner with many positive responses. It is an alcohol and ammonia based product. Ammonia is a wax stripper, best suited for removing acrylic waxes on hardwood floors.
Glass cleaners have become trendy for wood flooring applications. A lot of commercial cleaning products use parrafin wax and various oils that are impermeable to polyurethaned floors. These products create a pool on the surface of the floor because they do not penetrate at all. Many of these household products claim to clean your floors but they actually make them look dull and dirty. Orange Glo is a common product that is used on sealed hardwood floors. This product has made a lot of people outraged with the grimy residue it notoriously leaves behind. The culprit of this filmy mess is in fact the floor cleaner of choice. In order to remove the filmy build-up, Windex has become a viable, inexpensive solution.
There are many different ways that are recommended for using Windex on your sealed hardwoods. Not all of these cleaning methods are safe for the longevity of your wood floors. A common technique is to mix Windex with warm water in a bucket. Ideally you really do not want to be putting water on your wood floors. Even if the mop is only slightly damp, you will be rushing to dry towel dry your floors after. This is not the correct method.
A better way to use Windex is to spray it onto a microfiber mop. You do not want to spray Windex directly onto your polyurethaned wood floor because you never want to have any standing liquid on your floor. Once you have spread it around, wipe it off until it is completely dry. You should not use any water at all. It should be straight Windex. For spot cleaning, instead of using a microfiber mop, use a soft sponge or some paper towel. This method is good for attracting dust and lifting film. Some people hand scrub their floors with Windex. It is effective but you will expend a lot of energy doing it. It is not very necessary.
Some people have permanently switched to Windex as their all-purpose floor cleaner. As long as it is done without any water, it is fine. However, it should only be used for removing filmy residue. You don't want to always use an ammonia-based cleaner on your floors. It may eventually eat at your wood floor finish.