Bona Spray Mop vs Shark Steam Mop – Which Is Best For Hardwood Floors?

When we moved into our new house recently, I was faced with the challenge of finding a way to keep all of these hardwood floors as beautiful and clean as they were the day we moved in.


I have to be honest. We had hardwood floor in the kitchen and dining room of our old house, and we did not do a good job with those floors. We used harsh floor cleaners and waxy polishes, without thinking twice. After the first year, they never looked good again. They were also a softer oak floor (not laminate though), and we raised 3 dogs on those floors. So, you can imagine what they looked like when we moved out after 8 years!

That’s exactly why I vowed to take extra special care of our new hardwood floors. I was only going to use “the best” cleaning products on them, and I would try to keep the dog running in the house to a minimum — in order to prevent dog claw marks.

Here’s my review of the Shark steam mop, compared to the Bona Spray Mop, plus my findings on the best liquid hardwood floor cleaner…


How To Clean Hardwood Floors

To start with, I had to find the best way to clean these amazing looking hardwood floors that we have.

So I asked around. First, I asked a General Contractor friend of ours, and then a few store clerks here and there. But no one had a definitive answer for me regarding how to safely and effectively clean hardwood floors.

I decided to go to a local hardwood flooring store and ask for their opinion.

Going in, I knew that I would take their advice with a grain of salt, because I figured they would try to sell me whatever hardwood floor cleaner they sold. (And they did try.) But I’m the world’s biggest skeptic, and I have to do some research and see for myself before I’ll try anything new.

What The Hardwood Floor Expert Recommended

bona-hardwood-floor-cleaner-spray-bottle.jpg I spoke with a sales rep at the hardwood flooring store who also happened to have 3 dogs (I liked that she and I had that in common), and the entire first floor of her home consisted of hardwood flooring (like mine).

Fortunately or unfortunately, she only had one product to recommend. And that was (obviously) a product that they sold: Bona hardwood floor cleaner. But I tried to keep an open mind. If it’s truly the best hardwood floor cleaner, then that’s probably why they only sell it, rather than selling a number of different hardwood floor cleaners, right?

I listened to her reasons why Bona is so great for hardwood floors:

  • It won’t dull your floors.
  • It doesn’t leave any residue.
  • It’s environmentally-friendly.
  • It’s the best and safest cleaner for your hardwood floors.

Then I mentioned to her my desire to have a spray mop or steam mop do most of the work for me, rather than having to spray this Bona cleaner on the spots as needed — followed by mopping the floor with a soft cloth (or a dry mop with a soft cloth placed on the head).

She mentioned that Bona also sells a floor dusting pad (similar to the Swiffer dry mop), but she honestly felt that you didn’t need to buy that to do the job. She said that simply using a soft cloth would suffice. And if I already had a dry Swiffer-type mop with a soft cloth placed on the head, that would work too.

I had a Swiffer dry mop, so I decided to buy a small bottle of the Bona hardwood floor cleaner and try that with my Swiffer. I placed a soft microfiber cloth over the Swiffer’s mop head.

Oh, and before I left the flooring store, I asked her about steam mops (like the ever-popular Shark steam mop). She immediately turned up her nose. Her biggest concern was using water (or steam) on hardwood floors. She said it opens up the possibility of getting too much moisture in between the floor boards, and you never want to do that with hardwood flooring. She begged me to stay away from steam mops. (But I had to see for myself, so eventually I did try one.)

Bona’s mission is “Bringing out the Best in Hardwood Floors.” We have been the world leader in hardwood floor finishing and floor care for over 90 years, combining luxury and convenience through a world-class product offering, designed specifically for you and your floors.  Source


Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner

From the first time I tried the Bona dry mop & hardwood floor cleaner, I loved it!

It truly picked up dirt, mud (paw prints after playing in a muddy yard) and dust better than my Swiffer dry mop alone. The Bona dry mop also didn’t smear the dirt and mud on the floor, it dried really quickly, and it left no streaking whatsoever.

So that was my method of cleaning hardwood floors for several weeks.

Eventually, my arm began to tire of this 2-step process: spray the spots on the floor that needed cleaning, and then use the lightweight Swiffer dry mop to “scrub” the dirt away.

The biggest problem is the fact that the pole of the original Swiffer mop is not heavy-duty enough to withstand the pressure needed to wipe away anything other than light dust. For muddy spots, I like to give it a little extra elbow grease, and the Swiffer dry mop simply doesn’t work well for that.

So I began my search for a spray mop type of contraption. I knew that Bona had their own dry mop that might possibly be better than Swiffer’s lightweight one, but that would be my last resort.

What I really wanted was an all-in-one unit that would hold the liquid, do the spraying, and do the mopping — all at one time.

My Experience With The Shark Steam Mop

shark-steam-pocket-mop.jpg First, I tried the ever-popular Shark steam mop. The one I got was the newest, steam pocket mop. I really liked the concept, and was thrilled to have found an all-in-one unit.

Unfortunately, the results were dismal the very first time I used it. It left streaks all over my hardwood floors!

Keep in mind, with the Shark you don’t use “cleaners” per se, you simply use water. The water heats up inside and you pump it a few times to create the steam, while mopping your floors at the same time.

I also wasn’t crazy about the fact that I had a long electrical cord (that I could trip on) following me around as I cleaned the floors. And the Shark steam mop was kind of heavy too. Overall, it seemed bulky and awkward to me. Those things were not deal-breakers for me though.

The deal-breaker was simply the fact that I couldn’t live with all the streaks left behind after using the Shark steam mop. And this was when I used a brand new mop pad (the one that comes with the mop).

After seeing how well the Bona hardwood floor cleaner alone had truly “cleaned” my hardwood floors and left no streaks, I came to the conclusion that water alone (or steam) probably just won’t cut it. I need a more effective method for cleaning the floors.

So I decided to return the Shark and try to find a way to use the Bona hardwood floor cleaner inside a spray mop instead. (To be honest, you may be able to do this with the Shark, but they only mention using water with it and there was really nothing else that I liked about this mop, so I returned it quite hastily before finding out.)


My Experience With The Bona Spray Mop

bona-hardwood-floor-mop.jpg Quite by accident, I noticed that a brand new Bona spray mop was available.

It’s not the Bona dry mop that I was used to seeing. By the way, the reason I didn’t jump to buy Bona’s dry mop was the fact that the pole itself didn’t look much sturdier than the Swiffer dry mop’s pole. And that’s ultimately what I was after:

  • a heavier-duty mop
  • that did the job effectively
  • was lightweight
  • and would hold up over time

So when I saw the Bona spray mop, I thought “Gosh, could this be the answer? I’ll try it, and if not then I’ll just return it.”

The Bona Spray mop was the answer to my prayers!

The first time I tried it, I wanted to go back and buy another one — just so I would never be without a Bona spray mop should the first one ever break on me. (But I didn’t do that.)

Here’s why I like the Bona spray mop so well:

  • I don’t know if they claim that it’s ergonomic, or if you could even build a mop that is ergonomic, but I feel like this mop is ergonomic. Meaning, it just feels comfortable in my hand — from the spray trigger to the shape of the handle, it’s a natural fit.
  • It’s very lightweight (3.1 lbs) — even with a full cartridge of Bona hardwood floor cleaner (2 lbs) in it. My arm  never gets tired, like it does when I’m using the Swiffer dry mop for dusting the hardwood floors before each cleaning.
  • It’s incredibly sturdy. Nothing bends or “gives”, nothing cracks or creaks. The entire thing seems solidly built. This allows you to give the really dirty spots a little more elbow grease, without it feeling flimsy.
  • The Bona cleaning pad itself isn’t thick and plush, like you might think (and like the Shark steam mop pad is). Instead, it consists of very thin, tightly-weaved fibers, more like a terry-cloth pad, which I like because it seems to work better.
  • The way the cleaning pad attaches to the Bona spray mop is much better than the way the Shark steam mop pad attaches. The Bona one stays firmly in place thanks to a long thin pieces of velcro. Whereas, the Shark’s pad moves around loosely on the mop head.
  • The width of the mop head itself is 10 inches, which without a doubt covers the widest surface of any wet or dry mops I’ve ever seen. This makes it easier to clean your entire hardwood floor (or to simply spot-clean) with fewer strokes required to get the job done.
  • The mop pads are washable and reusable (as are the Shark’s). I recommend buying an extra cleaning pad, so you can have one in the laundry and still be able to clean your floors.
  • You simply pull the spray trigger on the mop once and a fine mist of the Bona hardwood floor cleaner shoots out of the middle of the pole (at floor level) and covers a 180-degree range — to the left, to the right, and straight ahead.
  • You don’t have to keep “pumping” the mop (or the handle of the mop) to get the liquid to dispense, like you have to do with the Shark steam mop to get the steam to come out.
  • Each squirt seems like just the right amount, so it wipes up with one swipe of the mop pad. And each squirt is barely more than a fine mist, so it doesn’t seep into your floor boards.
  • The floors dry really fast. You do have to wait a minute or two for the floors to dry — otherwise, your feet will sort of stick to the floor and leave marks where you’ve just cleaned. But once it’s dry, there’s no tackiness, film, or residue at all.
  • There is absolutely no streaking whatsoever. I was particularly afraid that it would be noticeable where I spot-cleaned, and where I didn’t. But it’s not evident at all where you started and stopped.
  • Each cartridge of liquid cleaner seems to last a long time. With a dog, and a backyard that has lots of muddy spots, I’ve been using Bona spray mop a lot. My first cartridge (before refilling it) lasted about 2 months of regular spot cleaning.
  • The price is quite reasonable! At $39, the Bona spray mop is much cheaper than the $119 Shark steam mop.


Yes, The Liquid Cleaner Cartridges Are Refillable!

Now for the best part…

On first glance it appears that the cartridges of liquid Bona hardwood floor cleaner that work with the Bona spray mop are not refillable. But that’s not true!

  • Yes, they want you to believe that  — so you’ll buy more of the expensive refill cartridges again and again.
  • And yes, they make it difficult to refill them (you have to use a screwdriver and a little bit of muscle).
  • And yes, they only market the Bona spray mop as having “replaceable” cleaner cartridges, not refillable ones.

But this reminded me of all the other non-refillable products that manufacturers “trick” you into thinking they are refillable (like the Pledge Fabric Sweeper For Pet Hair), and there is almost always a way to make them reusable and/or refillable. So I knew there had to be a way to make these cartridges refillable.

Here’s how:

Simply use a medium-sized flat head screwdriver to pry the lid off of the top of the cartridge itself. Try not to nick or bend the plastic too much, or it could cause the cartridge to start leaking. Refill the cartridge using a gallon-sized refill of Bona hardwood floor cleaner and a funnel.

refill-bona-hardwood-floor-cleaner-cartridge.jpg  refilling-bona-hardwood-floor-cleaner-cartridge.jpg

UPDATE: They’re now making “official” Bona REFILLABLE cartridges with easily removable lids! (Finally.) Since they’re still trying to get rid of all the non-refillable ones on store shelves, be sure you look for the “refillable” label on the cartridge itself.


Best Prices & Reviews Of Bona Products

I got my Bona spray mop at Bed, Bath & Beyond using one of their 20% off coupons. I used another 20% off coupon to buy another Bona microfiber cleaning pad. And another 20% off coupon to buy a gallon refill of the Bona hardwood floor cleaner.

I recently saw 1-gallon refills of the Bona hardwood floor cleaner at Costco for a really good price. I think it was even less than the price you’d get if using a coupon at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Ditto for the price at Home Depot.

And, of course, you can find all of the Bona hardwood floor products at Amazon, as well. Whether you buy on Amazon or not, I encourage you to take the time to read the reviews of all the different Bona hardwood floor products there. Those are from people who’ve actually used the product. I find a lot of helpful tips there.

Bona’s hardwood floor cleaners and mops come highly recommended by others:


UPDATE: #1: For added shine (similar to a wax), I was excited to try the Bona Hardwood Floor Refresher on my floors. It prolongs the shine on your hardwood floors and protects them better than the Bona cleaner alone does. Here’s a video that describes the Bona Refresher. Here’s my review of the Bona Refresher.

UPDATE #2: After years of using the ‘regular’ Bona spray mop to clean my hardwood floors, I eventually tried the Bona Motion mop with sonic cleaning power (a.k.a. vibrating motion / very light agitating motion). Here’s my review of the Bona Motion mop.

UPDATE #3: Eventually, curiosity got the best of me and I reluctantly tried a steam cleaner on my hardwood floors — just once. Here’s my review and what you need to know about steam cleaning hardwood floors!

Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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  • r. squirrel

    Hi Lynette,
    Thanks so much for the information. I love Bona products but haven’t bought the Bona spray mop yet because I didn’t want to have to keep buying the cartridges. I knew that some clever person out there would know about refilling and I knew there had to be a way!
    Now I will go buy it.

  • angelsmwh

    I have recently purchased a “mop” for my old hardwood floors with washable microfiber cloths. Could I use Bona cleaning solution with this mop? Thank you, and have a blessed weekend!

    • FunTimesGuide

      angelsmwh – Absolutely! You don’t have to use the Bona mop just to use the Bona cleaning solution. Using your own mop would be a GREAT way to try out the cleaning solution itself first. Then, after using it for awhile, you might (or might not) want to explore how different mops work better than others. Good luck. have *FuN* cleaning your floors 😀

  • Twodraftmom

    Bona now sells refillable cartridges!

    • FunTimesGuide

      @ TwoDraftMom – YAY! Thanks for the heads up on that…
      I went to the Bona site to see what the new refillable cartridges are like and found this: “The NEW and IMPROVED Bona Refillable Hardwood Floor Cleaner Cartridge is 28.75 ounces of specially formulated hardwood floor cleaner. Easily unscrews and refills with economy size Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner. Designed to be used only with the Bona Hardwood Floor Mop, this combination will make cleaning quick and easy.”

      *So Happy* 😀

  • Lsartore

    Thanks for the tip on refilling the Bona Floor Cleaner! I had a feeling it could be done, but didn’t know where to try and pop it off… I did find it tricky to put “the top” back on – but just used the bottom of my counter as leverage, and it snapped right back in place. Love it!! Thanks so much!!

    • FunTimesGuide

      Lsartore – Cool! Glad I could help. The best news: they’re now making a Bona REFILLABLE cartridge too. (Finally) Since they’re so new, you just need to look for the “refillable” label on the cartridge itself when you’re shopping in stores — because they’re still trying to get rid of all the non-refillable ones on store shelves 😀

  • Andrea

    I just bought a house w/ hardwood floors throughout. This is really great info! I was really curious about refilling the cartridge too b/c I’ve already seen the large refill bottle at Costco. Thanks for taking the time to write this!

    • FunTimesGuide

      @ Andrea Great! I’m so glad I could help by sharing all the great things about the Bona Hardwood Floor cleaner 😀 CONGRATS on your new house!

  • Mistyleefox

    Did the Bona take the streaks out that were caused by the Shark? I used a Shark on my floors and it did the same thing!

    • FunTimesGuide

      @ Mistyleefox – Yep! I have noticed that the Bona Spray Mop can begin to show streaks after awhile IF YOU DON’T WASH THE MICROFIBER CLOTH very often. That’s usually my clue for when it needs washed – when the streaks start to appear 😀

      • Lisa Sharp

        My Shark left terrible streaks, and I change the microfiber cloth after less than 10-15 minutes. And I clean the floors nearly every day, so it’s not like excessive dirt was causing the problem. (We have three small dogs, but kids are no longer in the house … so, again, the floor is not terribly dirty to begin with.)

  • Liz

    How safe is the Bona cleaning solution for babies crawling on the floors?

  • Caughtyalookinblinds

    Thanks so much for your extensive research! It answered all of my questions and is going to steer me into the right direction of making a purchase. I’m such and infomerchial junkie I fall for everything! I’ve been being recommended the Bona mop, but of course being a fellow skeptic ( and also a gullable shopper), I just had to know the truth from another user of both. So I’m going Bona- thanks again!!!

  • Mona

    I have used the Bona hardwood floor cleaner for a couple of years and the last time I went to use it the spray had quit working. Any clues to fixing it. I will replace it if necessary but would like to repair this one if possible.

  • Sandy

    Bona really does work as well as this post says it does.  Love it!!

  • Stacie Steelman

    Thank you do much for this detailed info. Amazing that I types in this exact question about the shark vs microfiber mop and products and your exact answer fit my question. Unbelievable! With three kids runnin around here you just saved me days of work and research!

    • FunTimesGuide

      Great minds think alike, Stacie 😀 So glad you found the above info helpful. I’ve had my Bona mop for almost 3 years now, and I’ve been using the Bona hardwood floor cleaner for longer than that… and I still love them both. Haven’t even thought of trying a different product at this point. Best part: my floors look great! 😀

  • Lk

    Can anyone tell me why Bona is leaving a film on my hardwoods? I followed the instructions to the letter.

    • FunTimesGuide

      Lk – My first thought is the cleaning pad needs washed. If i don’t wash it after every use, I start to see a film too. I bought a 2nd cleaning pad, so I always have a clean one available if the other one is in the laundry. P.S. You could also be spraying too much of the Bona. I’ve found that the least amount of product works best. Hope that helps 😀

  • Kellie

    Thank you for this review. Was looking for a steam mop, but wasn’t sure if it was good for my hardwood floors. I have been using Bona the method you first used, but now I will get the spray mop!

    • FunTimesGuide

      I think you’ll love it, Kellie – I know I do 😀

  • Melissa

    I have the Bona Mop and love it!! I have 3 dogs too! and 3 kids! I was thinking about buying the shark steam mop just thinking it might be better but this has convinced me to stick with BONA thank you!!

  • Becky Riekhof, R.D.

    THANK YOU!!!! i just bought my second steam mop..shark and it left awful streaks:(:( i was debating on the Mona mop..for a long time , but now am running to ruturn my Shark and buy my BONA!!

  • Joyce Lee

    Thank you so much for your extensive review. You’ve covered every detail that I can think of including where to purchase it at the best price. I’m sold on Bona. Kudos to you!

    • FunTimesGuide

      My pleasure. As you can tell, I’m sold on Bona too. Honestly. I wouldn’t use anything but Bona on my hardwood floors at this point. Cheers to great looking floors! 😀

  • Anne Holladay

    Loved, loved, LOVED your review! My fiance and I just bought our first house and it has hardwood floors. For months we’ve been trying to “clean” them, more like trying to ruin them! I will be buying Bona tomorrow. My question to you is, do you vacuum your floors first? We have two dogs and two cats; as you can imagine, enough pet hair to stuff pillows. I’ve been having a heck of a time searching for one that is delicate enough to handle wood floors. Thanks so much!

    • FunTimesGuide

      Hi Anne – Yes, I always use a Swiffer dry duster on the hardwood floors before using the Bona cleaner on them. It’s the fastest & easiest ways to grab all the pet fur. You will LOVE the Bona spray mop!!!

      • Lisa Sharp

        To “grab up all the pet fur” (We have three dogs, and one sheds like crazy!), I bought Roomba iRobot … it cleans the floor on it’s own (great at picking up dog hair), then I steam mop. Unfortunately, the handle of my Shark floor steam cleaner broke apart after about a year and a half of use. And it always left streaks. I think I’m going to switch to Bona. Thanks for the reviews!

        • FunTimesGuide

          Lisa Sharp – Great tip about using the iRobot to pick up dog fur! Glad to hear that it works so well on the dog fur. I’ve thought about trying one, but I have some very lightweight decorative tables that are taller than they are wide (and they’re top heavy, since they have lamps on them) – so I fear the Roomba would bump them gently and send everything from the tabletop onto the floor. For now, the Swiffer dry mop works great for us on the dog fur.
          If you try the Bona, I’m sure you’ll love it. I’m really happy with mine 😀

          • Lisa Sharp

            Have you tried the one with the Floor Motion part? I guess it is the newest Bona mop… A little more expensive but I am wondering if it’s worth the extra $10 (or so) bucks,,,

          • FunTimesGuide

            Lisa Sharp – Yes, I recently bought the Bona Motion mop. It’s okay, but not great. Here’s my review:

  • Lydia Sifuentez Moreno

    You have to use distilled water with your Shark Steamer. Regular tap water leaves streaks on the wood floors. I use Bona and also steam clean my floors.

    • FunTimesGuide

      Ahhh great point, Lydia! I don’t use water. I use the Bona liquid cleaner in mine, so I don’t get any streaks. Distilled water is a great idea for those who do use water. Thanks!

  • Kali Carrington

    I am SO happy I found this page! We have been living in our house for a year with wood floors which need constant cleaning. I have been using the Shark Steam Mop because we have a daughter and dog and want something that doesn’t use harsh chemicals. But now my floors are becoming dull and sometimes the “steam” just doesn’t get the floors as clean and pretty as I would like! I am now considering buying the Bona floor mop. BUT I just read the statement below and was wondering if I can just pour the Bona solution in my Shark steam mop and use it that way? Or should I just do away with my steam mop and use the Bona floor mop?

    • FunTimesGuide

      Hi Kali. Unfortunately, i don’t think you should do that. The Shark Mop instructions state pretty clearly that putting any liquid other than water in the Shark Steam Mop would damage the steam-producing functions inside the mop. Personally, I wouldn’t do away with your Shark. If you’re willing to try Bona Mop, then I would recommend ALTERNATING the two. Perhaps use the Shark Steam Mop most of the time (since you like for having no chemicals), then use the Bona Mop on occasion for a good cleaning and polishing. I’ve checked around and it seems that people are generally happier with the Bona on HARDWOODS. I know I am.

      • Kali Carrington

        I think that is what I will do. I do like the Shark for quick dusting/mopping, but the Bona will definitely help me more with spills, dirt, etc. I just purchased one and noticed that now they have a Free and Clear solution that doesn’t have perfumes or dyes and still works as well. Looking forward to trying it out!! Also, I have read in other reviews that the Bona mopping takes longer to dry compared to the Shark mop. After using the Bona should I go back over it with a microfiber mop to dry it or let it dry on its own?

        • FunTimesGuide

          Personally, I wouldn’t go back over the Bona wet spots – takes too much time & effort. I just let it dry on my own. Takes maybe 5 minutes tops to dry completely. That’s not a big deal to me. And there are no streaks – so that’s a bonus.
          P.S. I did notice there’s a *new* Bona mop that is battery operated to help with any spots that need a bit of “scrubbing”. I don’t recommend that one. I bought one yesterday for $12 on clearance just to see what it was like. The $12 alone paid for the full size cleaning solution refill and extra mop pad that were included – so even if I didn’t like it, I wasn’t out anything. I can tell you from experience that the regular/original Bona mop is better – mostly because It’s MUCH lighter weight. That’s important when you’re doing the floors 😀

          • Kali Carrington

            I will take your advice and stick with the original! Thanks for the replies and the great site! I will be sure to write back when I get to test out the Bona mop!

          • FunTimesGuide

            Please do – I can’t wait to hear how you like it 😀

  • Moosey Brown

    Love this review. I searched the comparison. Thank you. I do have one question. The guys that finished my floors told me to use white vinegar and water to clean my floors. Can I refill the bona cartridge with a water and vinegar solution rather than their product? I don’t like being a slave to refills either. :)

    • FunTimesGuide

      Moosey Brown – Yes, you can refill the on-board Bona cleaner liquid with any other liquid you want. I would research the use of vinegar on hardwood floors thoroughly though. Vinegar can strip the protective finish from hardwood floors (see source notes below), so you’re right to at least dilute it with water. Then again, if your floor guys recommended vinegar, they must have a reason (unless they’re counting on you to call them again to refinish your floors).

      Using Vinegar To Clean Hardwood Floors

      In the short run, it’s possible to use vinegar and water to clean your wood floors, But in the long run, when you clean them with vinegar, you slowly damage the floor’s finish.

      As we discussed in our tips for cleaning with vinegar, it is an acidic substance and will, over time, slowly chew through the finish giving it an uneven look. It also takes away the shine over time decreasing the time between waxing or refinishing that needs to be done. If you REALLY want to use vinegar to clean hardwood floors, at least make sure that your floor’s finish is very strong this way the damaging effect of the vinegar will be greatly reduced leaving you with almost nothing to worry about.

      Another source:

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  • Rachel Drummond

    Any idea if the bona mop *sanitizes* the floors? I have 2 kids under 3, and 2 dogs. I need my floors to be germ-free as much as possible (an impossible task, I realize). When we moved into this house, I tried using my steam mop from my old house on our new hardwoods, and got streaks. I tried the Bona spray mop, and while it makes my floors shiny, they don’t feel CLEAN. Ultimately I’m doing diluted lysol in water, but I know that’s not a long-term solution.

    • FunTimesGuide

      Rachel – No, the Bona doesn’t sanitize. My floors are very clean from using the Bona spray mop, but they are not sanitized. There are mixed reviews on whether you should use “steam” on hardwood floors. Also a wide variety of opinions about using cleaning chemicals on hardwood, even vinegar. I know the Bona cleaner is super safe for the hardwood floors themselves.

  • Jessica

    How often can you use the Bona mop? If you use it too much will it ruin the floors?

    • FunTimesGuide

      Jessica – Since the Bona floor cleaning solution is specially formulated for use on hardwood floors, I don’t think there’s any limit to how much you can use it on your floors. There is no dulling residue in the Bona cleaner either, so it won’t ruin your floors at all.

      That said, don’t let ANY liquid cleaner pool up in large quantities on your hardwood floors for long periods of time. Doing so will cause the liquid to seep into the floor boards, and that would shorten the life of your floors.

  • thejoggingyenta

    Thank you for posting about Bona… I was just about to purchase some sort of ‘hard wood cleaning machine’ when I found this. My question is: I’ve seen the Bona products in both my local grocery store and Walmart and know they make a floor shine as well. Is the cleaner enough to make my floors shine, or do I need to also use a shine product every so often? And, if so, what do you use and how do you use it? My dogs have really done a number on the floor area just inside the door where they come in and out…. don’t know if Bona can do much for that, but really hoping this is the ‘fix’ I need. My entire house has hardwood floors. I also use a box fan when I use any cleaning product on my floor to dry it quicker so I can move on to another spot in the room.

    • FunTimesGuide

      thejoggingyenta – For the most part (and for regular use), the Bona cleaner is enough to make your floors shine. Then, only once in a great while, they recommend you use the Bona Hardwood Floor Polish. I think my local hardwood floor place said to only use that once every 3-5 years. I used it soon after we moved in 5 years ago. I’ve only used the Bona cleaner since then. I’d say it’s probably time for me to use the polish again. But my floors still look pretty darn shiny. There are 2 high-traffic areas that I’d like to use the polish in — they are slightly duller than all the other places. I’m really happy with the Bona products.
      P.S. To use the Polish, you just squirt a tiny bit on one area of your floor, use the Bona mop & pad that comes with it to smooth it around evenly, then allow to dry for 1 hour (24 hours in high-traffic areas). Hope that helps 😀

  • bullylover

    Thank you so much!!!! I have a very slobbery bulldog, and have now been through TWO steam mops, with horrible looking floors!!!

    • FunTimesGuide

      Ugh – so sorry to hear about your hardwood floors. I know what it’s like having LARGE dogs that tend to drool a lot on those hardwoods! Glad you found some of the tips helpful. Hopefully, you’re on your way to BEAUTIFUL looking hardwood floors soon 😀 I love the Bona system and I’m sure you will too!

      • bullylover

        =) =) Thank you!! Can’t wait! =D

  • Tanya M

    Do you know if I can use a Bona spray mop on my stained concrete floors as well as my hardwood? I want to buy a mop that can be used on both surfaces.

    • FunTimesGuide

      Hmmm… It’s really about using right type of cleaning solution for the surface you’re cleaning. So you wouldn’t want to use the hardwood floor cleaner on concrete. I don’t know if bona has a concrete cleaner (I know they have a tile cleaner). That said, you can use the bona spray mop itself on any surface, as long as you use the right type of cleaning solution in it.

      • Tanya M

        Thank you, I was thinking I could just use it without cleaning solution and just water but don’t know enough about it to know if that’s feasible. I will check with a local retailer. Thank you for your help.

  • Jeff N Nikki Maynard

    I have tried several options for cleaning my floors as well and I love the ease of the bona mop. I do feel like there is some haze on my floors, though, probably from using other products before. I would like to try the refresher. Will this take away the haze? Do I apply it with the regular bona pad (the blue pad) and bona mop or is there a different pad specific to the refresher? Can I wash and reuse the pad after using the refresher? Thank you for all your information, it has been very helpful.

    • FunTimesGuide

      I haven’t tried the Bona refresher yet myself. Your comment reminded me that I’ve been meaning to try it out, so I bought my first bottle of the refresher today. I’ll post an update here after I’ve tried it. (I need to pick a good day when the floors won’t be heavily walked on.)

  • knitbunnie

    I have a lot of hardwood, including in my kitchen, and I would not be without my Bona spray mop!!! I also have stainless steel appliances (UGH!), and quite by accident, when I over-sprayed, I discovered that the Bona hardwood cleaner is absolutely the best stainless steel cleaner I’ve ever used, and I’ve tried just about every SS cleaner and homemade concoction out there. Now, when I mop my kitchen, the first thing I do is spray down the refrigerator, dishwasher and stove, and mop them with the mop. Yep – I just use the clean mop, and they come out shiny, streak-free, and all the fingerprints and crap are gone! Then I move on to the floor. Easy-peasy!!!

    • FunTimesGuide

      That’s funny! Good to know you get 2 uses from 1 product. I’ll have to try the Bona cleaner on my stainless steel as well 😀

  • Blunt Belief

    Thanks for the review. I have used the Bona spray with a typical pole/cleaning pad, but this is just not getting my floors clean enough, even if I REALLY put in some manual effort. I have 2 young kids and a rather messy husband. :) Do you find that the Bona spray mop does a better job at scrubbing, so to speak? I often have spilled milk (still leaves spots even if you wipe right away), sticky food crumbs, etc., stuck on my floors. I don’t know if I’m using the wrong cleaning pads or what. Thanks!

    • FunTimesGuide

      Blunt Belief – You’d have to closely examine the cleaning pad that you’ve been using with the Bona cleaning pad to see if they’re different in any way. The Bona one does have a slightly rougher texture than lots of others I’ve seen out there. That may help a bit with scrubbing power. Combine that with the Bona spray mop’s own features (design, weight, angle, etc.) and it may actually scrub a little bit better than what you’re used to.
      Sounds like you might also like the Bona Motion Spray Mop: It’s better at “scrubbing” so to speak. But since I don’t need a lot of scrubbing, there’s not enough of a difference in cleaning power for me to justify the extra weight and “fancy” motion feature. 9 times out of 10 I’ll reach for the regular Bona spray mop over the motion one because it’s a little lighter.

  • Copihue

    We live on an island and all the roads are dirt roads, the yard has some thin grass and moss, and we have a dog and there are five of us. I received the Bona mop and dry mop as a gift (all the floors in the house are hardwood) and feel they could make a better mop. The handle of mine is duct taped together, the plastic hanger falls off while mopping and the pole is starting to bend. I have had the mop for one year. The cleaning solution works ok, better than plain water. In high traffic areas I have done three consecutive cleanings to get the floors clean. I am usually exhausted after cleaning the floors because it takes so much scrubbing so am considering getting the sprayer mop. Hopefully it will hold up better.

    • FunTimesGuide

      Copihue – Yep, for dry dusting or dry mopping (which is what I use every time to DUST the floors and remove pet hair before I use the Bona spray mop to CLEAN the floors), the Bona Mop itself would be fine. I use the Swiffer dry mop for this, but they’re both quite similar I think. I can’t imagine CLEANING my hardwood floors — with a liquid cleaner — and using some elbow power with that type of mop though. The Bona Spray Mop is much more durable and made for heavy-duty cleaning and scrubbing, so I think you’ll be happy if you do decide to get the sprayer mop. I don’t think I could bend it if I tried. Yet it’s not TOO heavy to use repeatedly on my entire first floor of hardwood flooring. If you try it, let us know what you think!

  • joni

    I’ve had 2 Bona mops and they worked great for awhile until they stopping working. They don’t spray anymore – not sure if they’re clogged, but my very handy husband tried to fix them to no avail.

    • FunTimesGuide

      I’ve had my 2 Bona mops (1 regular spray mop, 1 motorized spray mop) for several years. They’ve never stopped working or clogged on me.

  • RobinH

    This was super helpful. One question: Does the Bona cleaner have a scent at all?

    • FunTimesGuide

      RobinH – Hmmm… good question. I never thought about it. Nope. I’d have to say there is no scent with the Bona hardwood floor cleaner.

  • Sandy

    I wish I had read this 2 hours ago before I bought my Shark steamer and tried it on my wood floors. Did you have any problems returning your shark after using it? I guess I’ll stick with my Bona. thanks

    • FunTimesGuide

      Hi Sandy, No I didn’t have any problem returning the Shark steamer after using it. Most stores don’t ask any questions at all these days – they just send it back to the manufacturer and you get your money back right away.

  • Christie Payne

    Do you have to sweep first?

    • FunTimesGuide

      Christie, yes you have to sweep first. I use the swiffer dusting mop.

  • Clyde Phipps

    I would have to say that you have ventured onto totally different methods of cleaning. It is apples and oranges. You use the steam mop/steamer on severe situations when cleaning grime and built up dirt. Using steam is the preferred method over soaking wood with water to prevent wood joint swell. Steam also removes mop and glo type products. Never leave a steam unit in one area for too long. Otherwise it is preference of maintenance products. Any more than that (sanding and re finishing) you will want to seek a hardwood professional.