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Asked on Apr 12, 2019

How do I clean gummy film on hardwood floors?

Donna ArthurMoreno Richard DavidJanine Dunkel


My hardwood floors have a gummy film on them. How can I best clean?

6 answers
  • P
    on Apr 12, 2019

    if it is old wax that is gummy, stripping them may be required - ammonia will remove wax but not sure if ok for hardwood! are they old fashioned, formerly waxed? if so, try vinegar & water mixed 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water - or Murphy's Oil soap. Barely damp mop. If they have polyurethane Ace Hardware has appropriate cleaners.

  • Judi
    on Apr 12, 2019

    Have you tried using Bona? They have a cleaner

  • Sharon
    on Apr 12, 2019

    I would use an ammonia based cleaner to get wax off anything. Don't use Mop n Wax = it aways winds up gummy. Use a wax for hardwood floors. If the floors look beat up, use Rejuvenate.... its a great product.

  • Janine Dunkel
    on Apr 13, 2019

    Good old reliable Murphy's Oil Soap is the only thing I use on my 120 year old oak floors. Work with a rag to get off the stickiness, do NOT use a mop! The floor will get too wet and can damage the finish and permanently stain the wood. A tough cloth, like a Terry cloth towel, will help gently scrub off the stickiness. Wipe dry. Rinse if you wish, but not necessary unless you used too much soap. Read the bottle for recommended dilution.

  • Moreno Richard David
    on Apr 13, 2019

    I have a square scrubber for sale makes beautiful floors

  • Donna Arthur
    on Apr 13, 2019

    There is a product at the big box home improvement stores for just this purpose. You squirt it on, let it set for a little while, then use a dry mop to clean. My friend and I did this with the old hardwood flooring in her mother's house and it made the flooring look brand new.

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