Brand new engineered flooring - is Bona a safe product to use for cleaning?

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Old 12-03-14, 10:15 AM
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Brand new engineered flooring - is Bona a safe product to use for cleaning?

We just installed brand new red oak engineered flooring and it came out beautifully. We're absolutely in love with it. Now that it's installed, as far as cleaning these floors, we already know to avoid using anything with waxes, ammonia, or other harsh chemicals, so we definitely won't be using any of those. I was initially planning to use just a bit distilled water in a spray bottle with a dry microfiber mop for cleaning once or twice a week (we have 3 big dogs - it will need regular cleaning), but I just found a new bottle of Bona hardwood floor cleaner in the back of our cleaning supply closet that we've obviously never used since it's completely full. Would this be a safe product to use to clean our new floor, or would my original idea of just plain old distilled water be our safest bet? We definitely don't want to ruin the finish of these floors and we absolutely don't want to use anything that will leave a buildup of junk on the floor over time. We want to take the best care of these floors as we possibly can so we can keep them looking great for many years. Any input would be appreciated!
 
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Old 12-03-14, 10:22 AM
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Bona is a good brand and I imagine if you follow directions, it should be fine. If possible try it in a limited area and use the other method elsewhere for a week or 2, then compare.

Calling the manufacturer help lines of both the cleaner and the flooring might be a good idea.
 
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Old 12-03-14, 10:26 AM
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Thanks! I actually just tried some on a scrap piece of flooring that we had leftover. I sprayed it on and wiped it down with a soft microfiber cloth. It looks fine to me! I'm going to try it a few more times and see how it looks after that. I've read good reviews on Bona, but I just want to be sure that I'm not using something that will start leaving a buildup of residue on the floor over time.
 
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Old 12-03-14, 10:43 AM
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Simply cleaning the floor to keep dust and debris off will go a long way. A microfiber "mop" is great. They're hard to use because they tend to grab. Once you get used to it, floor will look like new for many years even without any detergent or cleaner at all. Water, Very little water and elbow grease on the microfiber. When I feel I need a detergent, I will mix pine sol with water, again sparingly.
A red oak floor IMO is one of the best looking floors you could possibly have. Good Job.
 
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Old 12-03-14, 10:58 AM
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I agree with Brian...cleaner should not be used daily or even weekly unless needed, though the dogs are going to be an issue.

More importantly...keep their nails clipped! That's the biggest complaint I've seen posted in my years here. "What wood/laminate flooring can stand up to dogs nails?" Answer...none.
 
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No need to worry about the dog nails. We use a Dremel tool to grind their nails down to little nubs every 2 weeks, so that will never been an issue. I'm a bit OCD when it comes to their grooming, especially their nails.

I definitely don't plan on using a cleaner daily, but will most likely just use a tiny bit of water with the microfiber mop for cleaning when needed and will also use a dust mop daily to remove any debris from the floor. We want this floor to always look the way it looks now, shiny and new!

I agree about the red oak! We absolutely love how it looks, but we also chose it because it's one of the most durable woods. It has a lot of character and each board is a little different. It actually kind of matches our golden retrievers! LOL We put it throughout our entire house, except for our master bedroom. Lowe's is coming to install a new Stainmaster carpet in there next week.
 
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