Bona hardwood floor cleaner is one of the more popular brands of polyurethane-coated hardwood floor cleaners.

It is also one of our top cleaning product and accessory recommendations.

Bona gets a high score in its environmental performance. It is waterborne, non-toxic and specially designed to be safe for floors, families, and the environment.

In addition, Bona microfiber cleaning pads are machine washable up to 300 times, saving you money and protecting the environment.

Bona wood floor cleaner has the following characteristics:

  • A blue, water-thin liquid with a mild, sweet odor.
  • Non-toxic when it comes in contact with eyes, skin or when inhaled.
  • If ingested, it may cause gastrointestinal irritation. If swallowed, drink 1 or 2 glasses of water.
  • Non-flammable. In rare and special circumstances, closed containers may explode (due to the build-up of steam pressure) when exposed to extreme heat. Water may be used to cool closed containers to prevent pressure build-up. Do not store in a high temperature (above 100F or 38C) environment. Keep from freezing.
  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • No ingredients in this cleaner are hazardous or listed by OSHA, IARC or NTP as a carcinogen, teratogen, mutagen, or as having toxic reproductive effects.

Health Effects of Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner

We dug into the ingredients in Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner and congratulate them for their full, voluntary disclosure.

There is no current regulatory requirement in the United States that companies disclose full ingredients lists for household chemical products (in contrast with personal care products, where disclosure is required).

In the ingredients, we found 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-diol, which raises a medium level of health concern because:

  • This ingredient is suspected of causing gastrointestinal or liver toxicity.
  • This ingredient is suspected of causing immunotoxicity.
  • This ingredient is suspected of causing skin or sense organ toxicity.

However, the amount of this ingredient in a standard consumer-size container is minimal. No other health concerns were noted.
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An A+ Recommendation

How To Hardwood Floors recommends Bona cleaning products and tools, including their hardwood floor care system and the Bona hardwood floor spray mop.

One word of caution:

Bona Hardwood Floor Polish is not a cleaning product and should not be used on polyurethane-coated flooring unless it is only to delay an inevitable complete sand and refinish.

It clearly states on the back of the bottle … “Caution: Bona Hardwood Floor Polish cannot be coated with polyurethane or Bona Hardwood Floor Refresher.

This means that, if you use this polish on your polyurethane finish, a new layer of polyurethane will not adhere when it’s time for a recoat. Your floors will need to be sanded down to the raw wood and then fully refinished.

Many DIY consumers have used this product without reading the label or understanding the implications. Bona offers a Polish Remover if needed. However, it is an extremely labor-intensive, time-consuming process that is rarely successful.

If you feel like areas of your hardwood flooring could use some polish and shine, it’s probably time for a buff and re-coat by a professional – a cost-effective and safer solution to DIY.

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