Bona or Swiffer - Choosing the Right Ceramic Tile Floor Cleaner

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When it comes to choosing the right tile floor cleaner, there are many options on the market. If you are looking for a complete floor cleaning system, mop and tile cleaning solution included, two of the most popular choices are the Bona mop and tile care products and the Swiffer Wet Jet. We reviewed both of these systems on several different ceramic and porcelain tiles to see if they stand up to their marketing claims. We tested both light and dark colored ceramic tiles as well as ceramics with glazed and unglazed surfaces. In this article we will discuss the results of our Bona and Swiffer reviews and take a look at some of the features of these two tile cleaning systems as well as how they differ from one another.

Swiffer Wet Jet and Multi–Purpose Floor Cleaner

Swiffer offers an all–in–one floor cleaning product that they recommend for most hard–surface floors including hardwood (with the exception of oiled or waxed hardwoods), bamboo, laminate, and tile (with the exception of unsealed tiles). The multi–purpose floor cleaner fits into the handy floor mop, which is battery operated and sprays the cleaning solution onto the floor by an easy press of a button. You then use a disposable mop pad to mop your floors. This absorbent pad paired with the multi–purpose floor cleaning solution does a decent job of removing dirt and small debris from your floors. Tough dried spots can be taken on by flipping the mop head into a vertical position and using the small scrubbing pad (which can be done with your foot, eliminating the need to bend over).

Overall we were fairly pleased with the Swiffer Wet Jet's ability to clean dirt from the floor, however, we noticed that after a couple of cleanings, a slight film or haze began to appear on the floor from a residue being left behind by the cleaning product.

Bona Floor Mop and Tile Cleaners

Rather than offering one multi–purpose floor cleaning product, Bona offers a cleaner specifically for hardwood floors, and another for other hard surfaces including laminate, tile, stone, and vinyl. These floor cleaners also fit conveniently into the Bona mop, similar to how the Swiffer Wet Jet cleaner is inserted.

While we had no major complaints about the look and feel of the Swiffer Wet Jet, we couldn't help but notice that the Bona floor mop looked and felt more substantial and had a wider mop head, which could be expected with the slightly higher price tag. However, we quickly noticed two other key factors that more than made up for the difference in price – the Bona microfiber mop pads are re–washable and the innovative spraying mechanism of the mop requires no batteries to operate. This eliminates the need for purchasing batteries and drastically reduces the need for replacement mop pads, which helps you save money and reduce waste over time.

We also immediately noticed an improvement in the efficiency of the spraying mechanism of this mop, when compared to the Swiffer Wet Jet. One press of the spray button and the Bona mop fans a thin misting of floor cleaner across your floor. The Swiffer Wet Jet, on the otherhand, requires a brief holding of the button as the electronic spraying mechanism gears up and sprays a small puddle of cleaning solution onto your floor. As any floor expert knows, one of the first rules of cleaning many hard–surface floors is to avoid leaving puddles of liquid on your floors for any time during cleaning. In fact, many floors such as hardwood, laminate, and bamboo require damp cleaning only. You can mostly avoid creating puddles with the Swiffer Wet Jets by keeping the mop in continuous motion while spraying, but we preferred the fine mist that the Bona mop fans over your floors.

When it comes to the actual cleaning efficiency of the Bona floor mop paired with the tile cleaning solution, the system effectively removed all dried food stains, dirt stains, and removed other unwanted debris from the ceramic and porcelain floors that they were tested on. In contrast to the Swiffer cleaning solution, the Bona tile and hard surface floor cleaner left no haze after repeated cleanings on either the dark or light color, glazed or unglazed tile floors, and left them still looking brand new. To our delight, the Bona mop and tile cleaner actually removed the haze leftover from the Swiffer Wet Jet leaving those floors once again squeaky clean as well.

For more information on these floor cleaning products by Bona, visit FindAnyFloor's flooring manufacturer info section on Bona USA.

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Boo Bona
I used Bona floor wax on my ceramic tile. Horrible. It's a hideous mess. It's flaking everywhere and looks like hell. I now have to figure out how to strip it off without a bigger mess. I will NEVER use it again.
August 11 2012
Thanks! Personally, I really like the Swiffer mop. I've used it in my kitchen and bathroom on tile floors and have been happy with it. The only problem comes when you get to a corner; it's sometimes hard to gather all of the dust and dirt. For more tips or professional floor cleaning services, check out Hart's Carpet Cleaning - http://www.hartscarpetcleaning.com
August 30 2010
I have ceramic tile floors throughout my house and i have used both swiffer and bona. I do not like either of them. Neither REALLY cleans your floors, the Bona DOES leave a film on the floor. Anyone who cleans a house as frequently as i do, will find that you should save yourself the time and effort and buy something that costs a little more and cleans much better.
October 2 2009
Swiffer has nothing on Bona
I don't mean to bash Swiffer but in the world of floor cleaners, Bona is the Bentley and Swiffer is clunker. Teh concept of Swiffer is great, but the product as a whole is very marginal. The Swiffer wetjet that I had quickly made its way into the garbage because it leaked terrible and frankly did a pretty poor job cleaning the floor. The Bona mop is brilliant! No need to buy expensive pads, the Bona mop has a washable and reusable microfiber pad. The mop is bigger, more sturdy, eco-friendly and best of all it doesn't leave streaks! Do yourself a favor and buy a Bona Floor Mop! You won't be disappointed.
September 5 2009
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