How to Remove Acrylic Polish Residue from Hardwood & Laminate Floors

Using the wrong type of cleaning solution on a hardwood or laminate floor may result in oil residue that looks murky or hazy.  These cleaners often contain acrylic polish which requires mineral spirits to remove the film left behind.

For removing acrylic polish and other wax-residue left by product such as Mop & Glo or Orange Glo follow these directions.  Test this method in an inconspicuous area before treating the entire floor.  Consult the flooring manufacturer for their recommended cleaning methods.

 Preparation & Materials:

Mix in a bucket (8:1) 16 oz (2 cups) of ammonia to 1 gallon of Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner or 1 gallon of Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner.


  1. Dip the Microfiber Cleaning Pad into ammonia + cleaner solution and wring out so that the pad is saturated but not dripping.
  2. Evenly apply the solution to a small section of floor using the Microfiber Mop w/Cleaning Pad.  A 3′ x 5′ area or smaller is recommended.
  3. Allow the solution to sit for 30 seconds but no longer than 2 minutes. Then scrub the floor with the same Microfiber Mop Pad. A non abrasive scrubbing pad may be used to loosen any excessive build up. A whitish appearance may show. Remove all residues before moving to the next section.
  4. Follow up with a second (clean / new) Microfiber Cleaning Pad and Spray Bottle of Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner or Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner, following the label directions to clean the area.
  5. Move to the next section being sure to rinse the Microfiber Cleaning Pad in the sink with warm water first.
  6. Repeat from step one throughout the entire floor.

 Important Warnings & Advisements:

  • Always perform a small test in an inconspicuous area for good results before performing work. If any adverse or undesired reactions occur consult with a hardwood flooring professional before continuing.
  • Be advised that complete removal of acrylic polishes may not be possible along board seams or on heavily textured (ie: hand scrapped) floors.
  • A second or even a third application may be necessary to produce best results.
  • The recommended procedure may not be sufficient to assure adhesion or performance of any additionally applied products including Bona Refresher products.
  • The recommended procedure is considered best practices and is not a solution for every situation. For extenuating circumstances, please consult with flooring professional before performing any work.
  • Always contact the polish manufacturer for removal instructions prior to performing any work.
  • Some polishes contain wax and therefore complete removal of the product may not be possible with any stripping methods. It is recommended to consult a professional to determine stripping and recoating possibilities.

Other types of flooring, such as vinyl or ceramic tile, can often handle more aggessive cleaning agents than wood and¬†laminate floors.¬† If you’ve got a similar problem with a type of floor not addressed in these instructions, contact us at or 1-877-356-6748.¬† We’ll direct you to the best solution for your floor.

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