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. Read on to the next page for a better way to use Windex on your floors.