How to remove Orange Glo Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Updated February 21, 2017

Orange Glo Hardwood Floor Cleaner and Polish sounds too good to be true. It promises to not only clean your wood floors, but to remove scratches, scrapes and to leave your floors with a brilliant shine. And when you first apply the product, you become a believer. It's like a wax for wood floors. The problem arises when you try to clean the floor after applying the product, resulting in spotting, smearing and in many cases, tears. Don't give up! Your floors do not need professional refinishing. You can remove Orange Glo Hardwood Floor Cleaner.

Fill a bucket with a 2.25 litres (1/2 gallon) of warm water and 237 ml (1 cup) of ammonia. Set the bucket on a folded dry rag to keep the ammonia mixture from dripping on the floor. Wearing rubber gloves, take a rag, swirl it in the bucket to mix the ammonia and water together, wring it out and lay it out flat on a corner of your wood floor so that you can work your way out.

Leave the rag on the floor for one minute to loosen the Orange Glo. Rinse the rag in the ammonia and water mixture, and then scrub the area that the rag was laying on. Rinse the rag again and scrub the area one more time.

Spray the area with an ammonia-based window cleaner and buff with paper towel. Discard the paper towel. Repeat.

Move on to the next section until you have removed the Orange Glo Hardwood Floor Cleaner from your entire wood floor.

Mop your wood floors with a gentle everyday wood floor cleaner to remove any traces of ammonia.


Change your ammonia and water mixture every four sections so that it keeps breaking down the Orange Glo. If the Orange Glo is not coming off, then you may have put on a thick coat during your original application, or perhaps you put on two coats. Do not give up. The ammonia and warm water combined with the ammonia-based window cleaner will remove the Orange Glo eventually. Just keep repeating the steps and buffing until the Orange Glo is removed.


Make sure that the area you are working in is properly ventilated. It can take a lot of ammonia to remove all of the Orange Glo, and even though you are diluting it, the fumes can be overpowering.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Warm water
  • Ammonia
  • Measuring cup
  • Rubber gloves
  • Large rags
  • Ammonia-based window cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Mop
  • Wood floor cleaner
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