Most people have been asking if Windex is safe on hardwood floors. To begin with, Windex is a glass cleaning solution that has ammonia and alcohol as the main ingredients. Ammonia is a wax stripper agent that is commonly used to remove acrylic waxes on hardwood floors. When your floor is exposed to ammonia, it strip off the finish dry and warp the wood. Therefore Windex should not be used for cleaning sealed wood floor.
While Windex is not good for wood floor, most people have found it useful in removing residue or film buildup caused by wax or oil based cleaning products. Murphy Oil Soap is an example of a product that has caused outrage among many people. The oil soap is alleged to cause a sticky dull residue on the wood floor.
Oil based cleaner can react with the polyurethane coating of your floor causing its depletion. The oil will however seep into the wood and makes it hard to for future re-coats to adhere effectively. For this reason, when an oil soap gives you a cloudy floor you should think of removing it immediately. Windex is a viable and affordable easy to use option.
How do you use Windex to remove a Residue?
You can mix water and Windex to form a solution that can be used to mop the floor. This will be a dangerous gamble since water and wood floor boards are great enemies. When water is left standing on the floor it can easily penetrate through seams and small openings on the finish and get absorbed by wood. This will make your floor to start warping or twisting. Even if you use a thoroughly wringed mop, you would still want to use a dry towel to dry your floor immediately. That is quite a hustle and therefore not the best option.
Another style you might be use is to spray the Windex solution directly on a microfiber mop and wipe off the residue. There is still a possibility of spraying excessive solution on your floor and that is not what you want. It will also not give you the best results as the film is too sticky to remove with a microfiber. It means that you will take a lot of time and energy before you complete an entire floor.
For effective cleaning, spray Windex on a sponge and use it to scrub the residue in small portions of about 2 feet square. Use a damp mop to clear the residue as you dry the floor using a dry towel. Carry on the whole process until you finish up the whole floor. Rinse and wring the mop when it get soaked and proceed with mopping.
Do not use Windex for daily or regular floor cleaning. The effects on your floor can be detrimental in the long run. Most hardwood manufacturers have warned against use of ammonia based solutions, wax and oil soap solution. If you happen to use your warrant becomes null and void. The chemical ingredients in Windex are also not safe for pets and humans.
Is Windex Safe on Humans and Pets?
According to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Windex can cause severe eye and skin irritation. The product can be ingested in the body through skin contact and or when inhaled. The effects could be a severe cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or a serious respiratory issue.
Prolonged skin contact can lead to redness, rash or burning sensation. Contact with eye can cause blurred vision and burns. Abdominal cramping and vomiting can happen when you directly ingest the product.
Windex should be used with care to avoid direct body contact. Always use protective gloves when dealing with it. Keep away from children and pets. When accidentally ingested or come into contact with your eyes or skin consider seeking medical attention.
Always use the right cleaning products and techniques on your wood floor. Wrong choice of a product can cause a permanent damage of your wood that will cost you time and money to replace. A good cleaner should be gentle on the floor, easy to use and safe on pets and humans. Regular cleaning is key for a lasting beautiful hardwood floor.