Grandma believed cleanliness was next to Godliness, and the honey-colored hardwood floors in her living room were always clean! I can’t say my house is always as tidy as hers was. Just look at the team of little angels plotting against me on a daily basis!
I am thankful for hardwood floors in much of the house that stay relatively clean if we remove shoes at the door and vacuum or dust mop often enough. I don’t really feel like the floors are spotless like Grandma’s until I’ve mopped them once a week.
The gentlest floor cleaner I’ve known to use over the past few years has been a half-vinegar, half-warm water mixture to which I add a little essential oil. But I clean with a traditional cotton mop, which gets the floors overly wet and requires immediate drying with a towel. In short, it works, but it requires an extra step.
The folks at Bona challenged me to try their Hardwood Floor Cleaner that they claim is gentler than my vinegar mixture because they’ve perfectly balanced the ph level. Of course, with their third party Greenguard certification, Bona is convincing me that their special cleaner is non-toxic and safe for my family, as well. Plus, they sent me their large Hardwood Floor Mop.
The kids and I gave Bona a try and it was easier than we thought it would be. I started with the step-by-step assembly instructions, complete with diagrams. Assembly was foolproof for me, and I’m not mechanically inclined. This mop is full-sized and sturdy, with an easy velcro-attached microfiber cleaning pad.
The pad is 17 1/2 inches, nearly 18 inches wide, and it creates a fine spray that same width. It was easy to spray and mop without getting the floors too damp. They dried much faster than with my old-fashioned mop. I have to admit that in a pinch, I would refill the mop canister with my vinegar and water mixture. However, the Bona refills are moderately priced, and I noticed a $3 product coupon on the Bona website at the time of writing this review.
Several eco-friendly features impressed me about this mop. The microfiber cleaning pad is easy to remove and launder. Bona says it’s made to wash up to 300 times! So, there’s no wasteful part to use and throw in the trash. Plus, the Bona system works with large refill bottles, saving on packaging.
The mop I reviewed seemed to be very sturdy and easy to handle. After a while it did start to make a creaking sound when I was using it, but nothing appeared to be loose.
Most important to me is that the floor cleaner is non-toxic and carries the Greenguard certification for indoor air quality.
Per the Greenguard website,
“The GREENGUARD Certification Program (formerly known as GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification) gives assurance that products designed for use in indoor spaces meet strict chemical emissions limits, which contribute to the creation of healthier interiors.”
So, I can feel good using this product or even letting my little ones help with mopping. In a few years when they aren’t so enthused about house cleaning, I’m pulling out this picture of my smiling helper. And of course, the floors look great! Grandma would be proud.
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Disclosure: I received a free Hardwood Floor Mop and extra cleaner and microfiber pad from Bona. My opinions are always my own.