Looking for a hardwood cleaning system? Welcome to the Bona vs. Swiffer – Hardwood Flooring Cleaner Review.
Choosing the right hardwood flooring cleaner can be a difficult task. There are so many different cleaning products to
choose from and many conflicting reviews on the internet.
Here at FindAnyFloor we have chosen two of the most popular
hardwood floor cleaners: The Bona Hardwood Floor Mop and the Swiffer Wet Jet, and put them to a side–by–side test
on a dark Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring and a lightly colored North American Maple floor . Both of these floor cleaning
systems that we tested include a mop with a spray–on floor cleaning solution attached. In this Bona vs. Swiffer
hardwood flooring cleaner review, we will state the results of our review, as unbiased as we can, allowing you to decide
which hardwood flooring cleaner is best for you.
Build: Both the Bona Hardwood Flooring Cleaner and the Swiffer Wet Jet are sturdy products that are easy to put together
and start using. Both should hold up well under hundreds, if not thousands of cleanings; however, we did notice that between
the two, the Bona hardwood mop felt a more substantial.
Mop Head Size: The Bona Hardwood Floor Mop has a large mop head coming in at 15" wide. This is great for getting your
floors clean fast, as it covers a large area at once. The Swiffer Wet Jet is 9" wide meaning it won't cover as much floor
space, though it might be a little easier to maneuver between chair legs.
Operation: The Swiffer Wet Jet requires batteries to operate its spray mechanism. The Bona Hardwood Floor Mop requires no
batteries and operates using a spring activated trigger. The battery–free operation is a mark of greenness for the
Bona Hardwood Floor Mop, plus you won't have to spend money on replacement batteries.
Spraying Efficiency: Right away we noticed a difference in the spraying efficiency between the Bona Mop and the Swiffer
Wet Jet. When it comes to hardwood flooring care and maintenance, one of the biggest no's is leaving puddles of liquid on
your floor for any period of time. The liquid can seep through cracks and quickly absorb into boards. With the Swiffer Wet
Jet, if you press the spray button while the mop isn't moving, you end up with a small puddle of liquid as it sprays out all
in one spot. This didn't happen with the Bona Hardwood Flooring Cleaner. All it takes is one squirt, which sprays out in a
fanning motion, covering a larger area of your floor with a light misting, rather than leaving a puddle of fluid.
Cleaning Efficiency: When it comes down to it, you really have to take a look at how well these two mops removed dirt and
grime and in what condition they left the floors after cleaning (shiny, dull, etc.). Once the hardwood floors that we tested
these two mops on (the Brazilian Cherry and the North American Maple) where clean and dry, we got down and took a closer
look. With the proper lighting we noticed that both hardwood floors cleaned with the Swiffer product had a slight haze or
film over them, when compared to the hardwood floors cleaned with the Bona cleaner, which looked new and shiny. This was more
obvious on the darker colored Brazilian Cherry floors. We tried and tried to clean the residue with the Swiffer Wet Jet, but
it only got worse. To our surprise, the Bona hardwood floor mop safely removed the film leftover from the Swiffer mop,
leaving the floors once again looking new.
Price: You can find a Bona hardwood floor cleaning starter kit, which includes a mop with a microfiber cleaning pad, a
microfiber dusting pad (for dry cleaning), and Bona's Swedish formula Hardwood Floor Cleaner straight from the online Bona
store for $39.99 (or $29.99 for a mop without the spraying mechanism). The Swiffer Wet jet start system can often be found in the low $20's, so it is slightly less expensive.
However, the Bona cleaning pads are washable and can be used over and over again, whereas the Swiffer mop pads are disposed
of after use. Over the lifetime of your hardwood floor cleaner, using re–washable pads can save you hundreds of
dollars in the long run. That, combined with a battery–free operation, makes Bona's hardwood floor cleaning a more eco
friendly (and bank–account friendly) choice.
So, there you have it – the results of the Bona vs. Swiffer Hardwood Floor Cleaner Review. If you have had any
experiences with these two hardwood cleaning products, we would love to hear your comments.