Keeping your hard surface floor in top condition requires propel maintenance. Over the course of its life, it sees everything from soiling being tracked into the building from the outdoors, dirt particles getting grinded against the surface of the floor under foot traffic, the occasional spills be it from drinks in the living and dining rooms or the oil spills in the garages, grease splatters from cooking activities, to the fur and dander from the pets in the household adding to the gunk. Routine dusting and mopping is required, and for this you want to ensure that you have the appropriate tools for the task.
For the dusting itself, you want to work with items that can enable you to pick up as many of the particles as possible, to reduce the build-up on your unit – which is why materials like microfibre dusting pads have become a key asset for homeowners to professional contractors. Then there is the wet mopping. Here, in addition to removing the dirt and spills, you also want to control how much liquid gets to the surface. Oversaturating the floor with water or cleaning chemicals poses different risks. From water damage to efflorescence on the surface, these are not issues that you want to expose your floor to. Then there is the drying time, where the more the floor gets soaked the longer it will take to dry – which is particularly a problem in high traffic areas like commercial establishments where you don’t want the customers and employees in the facility being exposed to slip and fall accidents. Spray mops come in to give you more control over the process. In this review, we will look at an in-demand unit that is used when taking care of hard surface floors: the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop.
Just Spray and Mop
It’s that simple. This convenient approach to floor care has become widely popular, and it is not difficult to see why. After all, no one really fancies keeping on lugging around heavy buckets with cleaning solutions, keeping on dashing to and from them to wet and wring the mop. The energy and time expended on this traditional approach can take a toll on you, especially given that mopping is one of those frequent household chores. For the professional cleaners who are already tasked with floor care for multiple residential and commercial establishments, time is of the essence. Clients demand that you get the task done in the shortest time possible, with quality results, to minimise the disruption to their day-to-day activities and protect their floors at the same time. Dealing with the conventional yarn mop and bucket will put a strain on your operations, and negatively affect your service delivery.
On the other hand, with models like the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop you have an all-in-one unit. Here, the mop is topped up with the cleaning liquid to be used – which can be anything from water to specialised formulations that are suited for the particular floor being worked on. One then navigates over the area, misting the solution and mopping the floor in one go. You no longer have to keep struggling with buckets, or bending to wring out the traditional yarn mops. It’s no surprise that this approach to floor care has rapidly grown in popularity. Let’s take an in-depth look at this particular model, and the benefits that it brings to the mopping process.
Benefits Of The Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop
- Fast cleaning
Whether you’re looking for cleaning tools to use at home, or your professional contractor who has lots of residential and commercial properties lined up requiring your attention, you want to work with products that cut down the amount of time you spend on the task. With the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop, you get to complete the task quickly, as it saves your time in multiple ways.
For starters, the extra-large mop head of the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop means you cover more area with each pass. In fact, this alone makes the mop 40% faster than its closest competitor in the market.
Secondly, the spray and mop approach to floor cleaning beats the traditional method of using buckets, where you won’t need to keep bending down and wringing the mop each time you deep it into the cleaning solution, or whenever you want to rinse it. Here, simply mist the cleaning product onto the floor and mop as you go, minimising the amount of energy and time spent on the task.
Setup itself is also a breeze, as well as topping up the cartridge once the cleaning product is depleted. We’ll walk through the step-by-step assembly guide shortly.
- Fast drying
When working with the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop, you get to reduce disruption to persons in the premises. For this case, in addition to the fast mopping, the floor will also dry quickly. Why? Two reasons:
- Firstly, the high absorbency of the microfibre pad used with the mop means that there will be minimal cleaning liquid left on the surface.
- Secondly, the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner that is used with the mop is a fast drying product. You will be in a position to allow normal traffic back on the floor that has been mopped much sooner.
As such, whether the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop is being used for floor care in a busy home with kids and pets up and about, or you’re incorporating it into the arsenal of your professional cleaning company, this fast approach to the work being carried out will enable you to free up your time for other tasks. All this is while still enhancing the quality of the results due to the thorough nature of the mopping process.
- Built for hard surfaces
While hard surfaces are durable installations, you don’t want to run the risk of scratching them, as this will ruin their beauty. With the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop, you get to safely work on the floors in your establishment. You can use it on ceramic tiles, marble, laminate, vinyl all through to linoleum floors.
- Ergonomic design
You want to have a smooth time when mopping the floor, and you get that with the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop. It has a lightweight design, maximising the amount of energy needed to navigate it across the floor. What’s more, its secondary grip gives you more control, and is comfortable in the hands.
- Refillable Cartridge
The Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop comes with a refillable 0.85L cartridge which holds the solution to be used for the cleaning process. With this capacity, you get to cover more floor area before the liquid get depleted. And when it does, the refilling process is a breeze.
While you can use any solution for the task, be it water or a DIY solution that you have whipped up as a personal project, it is important that you ensure the liquid itself is suitable for the area being worked on. Especially for the surfaces targeted for the mop under review here, the Bona Hard-Surface Floor Cleaner will get the task done without putting the floor at risk.
- Retractable hook
This is one of the nifty features that you always end up wondering how you ever survived before without it. It makes storing the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop so much easier compared to alternatives out there. With the retractable hook, you can simply hang up the mop after you’re done. Since the mop itself has a slim design, this also means that minimal space is taken up even when you hang it on the wall. It reduces the amount of storage space needed for your cleaning supplies.
- Easy access to hard-to-reach areas
You get more manoeuvrability with the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop. This is due to its rotating mop head that makes working on these hard-to-reach areas much easier. This takes away the frustration that is seen with the typical string mop setups, and increases the efficacy of the mopping process.
- Comes with a washable microfibre cleaning pad
The science behind microfibre is pretty impressive. The material has been widely adopted in the cleaning industry, used in products for different tasks – be it scrubbing floors, dusting windows, wiping hard surfaces, kitchen cabinets and countertops, even working on delicate items like glass mirrors. The quality of the microfibre varies based on the target application, the general premise is the same: millions of fibres woven together, lifting dirt, grease, liquids and even bacteria from surfaces. “Microfibre” is a term defining any fibre that is equal to or smaller than 1 denier. The denier is the measurement unit of any fibre material that weighs 1 gram for every 9000 meters. Look at it this way: a microfibre is around microfibre 1/20th the diameter of a strand of silk. As mentioned, qualities vary. There are microfibre items with just 100,000 fibre per square inch, and there are those that can clock over 3 million fibres per square inch. The higher the quality, the more microfibres involved. The higher quality units that are used for cleaning tasks typically have microfibre at 0.5 denier or less. This essentially gives it more surface area for dirt and moisture to be absorbed and held.
The electrostatic charge generates a powerful lift force that yanks the microparticles off the surface being worked on, and these are in turn held strongly in the microfibre item until it is washed. The microfibres are positively charged, while the dirt particles are negatively charged. So cleaning tools like the Microfibre cleaning pad used with the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop pick up the soiling with a magnetic effect. This holding effect is so strong that you don’t have to worry about redistributing the dirt over the surface being worked on, as is a common issue with conventional materials like cotton.
Laundering the pad with detergent and warm water will readily release the soiling, after which you simply allow it to dry and it will be ready for use again.
One of the main benefits of using the microfibre cleaning pad with the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop is that it reduces the amount of resources needed for the task – specifically water or cleaning product. This is because of the high efficacy of the mechanical pull on the dirt particles. This contributes to making it a green cleaning product. After every usage, you should rinse the microfibre cleaning pad – preferably in warm water to flush out the dirt. Rinse it until the water runs clear. Machine-wash it at least once a week.
The microfibre cleaning pad that’s used with the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop is also a highly durable product. You will be in a position to use it for multiple mopping sessions, with each pad being washable up to 500 times. This extended usage further aids in cutting down the expenses that go into sourcing for the cleaning equipment.
There are three key things to note when taking care of the microfibre pad as well as other similar items in your cleaning arsenal:
- Do not wash the microfibre cleaning pad with bleach, as this will damage the fibres.
- Do not use fabric softener when washing it, as it will clog up the microfibres, affecting the effectiveness of the unit.
- When laundering the microfibre cleaning pad do not mix it with fabrics that are prone to linting, since the same pull effect that it has on dirt will be directed to the lint, taking it from the fabrics and trapping it within the microfibre cleaning pad.
- Budget friendly
Since costs are a key factor when dealing with your cleaning arsenal, you’ll want to work with tools that will not punch a hole through your wallet – and you can get that with the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop. This particular mop enables you to save on costs in multiple ways. From being affordable to providing you with an extended service life, you will save more in the long run. With its refillable cartridge, you won’t need to purchase a new one for the spray mop whenever you run out of cleaning product. What’s more, Bona has provided economy size refills to top up the different cleaning formulations of the brand.
Coming To You From Bona
Bona is a household name in the floor care industry. Over the course of 100 years, the family-owned company has grown into a global-leader in the industry, providing products used in the installation, cleaning and maintenance, as well as renovation of floors. Founded in 1919 by Wilhelm Edner it has now established a presence in 90 different countries around the world. It all started when Edner, in his grocery shop in Malmö, Sweden realised the potential that bonvax had on wood floors, which created a polished effect and protected the surface. He proceeded to incorporate the company Bona AB which focused on bringing out the beauty in floors and enhancing their longevity using environmentally sustainable products and processes.
The company has come a long way since its early bonvax days. It has actually been behind some of the widely used innovations in the industry. For instance, it was the first floor care company to provide a full system of waterborne hardwood floor finishing and maintenance products that were certified to be safe for indoor air quality. Actually, by the 1970’s, the company and leading peers in the industry were already pushing for the removal of toxic and hazardous agents from hardwood floor finishes, instead turning to water-based finishes which were proven to be a reliable and durable alternative. The floor care goes beyond wood installations, extending to the stone, ceramic tiles, laminate and even parquet floors.
Bona’s products are used across the board, from homes and office spaces, airports and museums, art galleries and the largest basketball courts and indoor areas, all through to public spaces. By 2016, the company already had an annual turnover of over SEK 2.2 billion (€234 million), testament to the huge demand for its products. Running production facilities in Sweden, Germany, North America and China, and subsidiaries spanning from Austria, Brazil, Romania to Poland and the UK, the brand has achieved a wide reach. When you turn to products like the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop for use in your establishment, you will be relying on a brand that has established its reputation, and joining millions of satisfied customers around the world.
So how do you put together your new Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop? The setup is easy, and barely takes a few minutes. Follow these steps:
- Start by setting the mop base down, with the Bona logo on the unit facing forward.
- Hold the lower mop pole at the bottom, with the silver release button facing forwards as well. Guide the connector piece into the mop base until you hear a clicking sound. This indicates that it has securely been fit into position.
- Insert the upper spray mop handle into the lower pole. Here, just align their profiles and push them together until you hear the click
Next up is attaching the microfibre cleaning pad that comes with the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop
- Lay the microfibre pad on the ground, with the Bona logo printing facing up
- Place the mop base of the spray mop onto the cleaning pad
Attaching the refillable cartridge:
- Remove the cap from the cartridge
- Insert the cartridge into the holder until you hear the clicking sound
After you’re done with the mopping, remove the microfibre cleaning pad by simply peeping it off from the mop base.
To remove the cartridge, press the silver release button and pull the cartridge straight out
Using The Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop
Start by sweeping or vacuuming the surface, to remove that loose debris. That way, the mopping can focus on the grime that is stuck to the surface. Ensure that the cartridge has sufficient cleaning product to cover the area being worked on. Top it up if needed. Then follow these steps:
- Insert the cartridge into the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop. Pressing it into the socket will lock it firmly in the unit.
- Attach the Microfibre Cleaning Pad onto the unit.
- Mist the cleaner onto the floor being worked on, and proceed to mop it.
For those instances whenever you come across stubborn spots on the floor, such as sticky spills or rubber heel marks, you can first spray the cleaner onto the spot and allow it a few minutes of dwelling time. This enables the cleaner to chemically break down the grime, in turn making it easier for you to mop it off.
The soiled cleaning pads will need to be laundered after use. Here are some key things to note:
- Avoid washing the pads at high temperatures. The temperature of the washing machine should not exceed 93°C for the washing, and 60°C for the drying.
- You shouldn’t use fabric softener when washing the microfibre cleaning pads.
The Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop can be used dry when you want to dust the premises, with water, or cleaning solutions during the floor care process. One of the main products used with it is the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner, which you can also get in the package together with the mop as you make the purchase. This fully equips you to give the hard surface installations a thorough clean each time. Let’s delve deeper into what you can expect from this product.
What You Get From the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner
- pH neutral formulation
It can be frustrating when, in an attempt to get rid of the stubborn dirt and grime, you end up corroding the floor. This is one of the risks that come with using harsh cleaners, and DIY formulations that are not suited for the particular floor being worked on. An oversight in the selection of chemicals to be worked with can lead to costly repairs being required – which is not what you had intended when you set out to mop the floor. This is why it is recommended that you use the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop with this accompanying hard surface cleaner, which has been purposely formulated for the task.
The Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner is a waterborne formulation that is developed for maintaining sealed hard surface floors ranging from ceramic tiles and linoleum, to laminated, marble and luxury vinyl installations. This product is tough on the dirt and grime, while being gentle on the underlying structure. It keeps your floors clean without you having to worry about the structural integrity of the installation being put at risk.
Here, the floor finish is also protected from dulling or discolouration. This means that the lustre of the installation – which is definitely part of its appeal – gets to be preserved.
- Quick cleaning
With the formulation coming ready-to-use, you won’t spend time mixing it with water or fussing about dilution ratios. Add it to the cartridge of the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop, and get started on the task. A powerful cleaner, it will break down the grime with ease, making it easy for the microfibre cleaning pads to lift the particles and lock them within its structure.
After the mopping, the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner also dries fast. This minimizes the disruptions to your facility, allowing normalcy to be restored much sooner. From busy homes to commercial facilities with staff and customers up and about, using the cleaner with the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop serves as an ideal approach that allows you to open up the floor area to normal foot traffic within a short time.
- Maintain the shine of the floor
You don’t want your floor to lose its lustre due to harsh chemicals that dull the surface. The particular choice of cleaning product is key here. When working with the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner, you can rest assured that your installation is safe. Specially formulated for use on the sealed hard surface floors, it enables you to mop away the dirt and grime without damaging the floor finish. This is necessary to keep the installation looking elegant for longer.
- A hygienic clean
Mopping is not just about the visible soiling that is riddling the surface. What about those pathogens that are crawling all over the floor? These put the health of the persons in the premises at risk, especially the families with kids and pets who spent lots of time playing around on the floor. The Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop’s effectiveness also comes into focus when enhancing the health standards of the premises.
This is achieved due to the efficacy of the Microfibre Cleaning Pad attached to the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop, especially when used together with the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner. This powerful combo gets rid of 99% of the bacteria that is on the surface being worked on. In addition to also removing the allergens and pollutants that are on the floor, this enables you to provide a safer space for your loved ones.
- Environmentally friendly cleaning
The Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner comes with a GREENGUARD Gold Certification. This means that it has been thoroughly tested for VOC emissions, and they have been found to be very low – such that the formulation can even be used in areas like schools and health care centres that have strict standards that need to be adhered to.
How does the certification work? Different products are taken through it, from furnishings to construction materials and cleaning chemicals. To achieve the GREENGUARD certification, they are taken through annual tests looking at more than 10,000 VOCs. Hundreds of manufacturers have voluntarily signed up for the program, and over 200,000 products are taken through it. The tests are done in a regulated dynamic environmental chamber where the humidity and temperature are controlled. The products remain in this chamber for different time periods, spanning from a day as is seen with electronics, to two weeks for building products and furniture which off cast off most chemicals on the first days, and the levels slowly decay over time, achieving a steady rate after a few weeks. During this period, it is determined how many chemicals they release into the environment. The whole certification process for a product can take one to six months. Once the item gets the GREENGUARD certification, then a new version of it will be retested each year that follows.
When it comes to environments like schools, there are higher concerns about the effects of exposure to VOCs. This is because the children breathe more per body weight, making them more susceptible to indoor air pollutants. Improving the air quality of these environments will reduce cases of allergies, asthma attacks and headaches. For this, there is a higher standard for the products that are used – GREENGUARD Gold. It was actually initially called the GREENGUARD Children and Schools Certification Program, being developed after the evaluation of chemical sensitivities of children, as well as the unique building characteristics witnessed in schools. This emissions criteria is the most stringent to date, and is also used for product certification for items to be used in day-care and healthcare facilities. The Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner that’s used with the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop has achieved this GREENGUARD Gold Certification, so you can rest assured that your premises will be safe when you use it to mop your floor.
With the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Spray Mop being part of your cleaning kit, you will have an asset that will reduce your workload, expedite the process, and give you value for your money. Ensure that you use cleaning agents that are suitable for your particular hard surface floor when carrying out the task.