Are your floors in need of a deep clean or a fresh new polish, but you can’t decide whether to use Rejuvenate or Bona products?
The good news—both brands have a reputation for offering the best floor cleaners and polishes on the market.
The bad news—understanding the differences between their products and deciding which brand to buy is difficult and confusing.
In this in-depth comparison of Rejuvenate vs. Bona, I’ll clear up any confusion by explaining the differences, similarities, pros, and cons of their most popular floor cleaners and polishes.
By the end, you’ll know exactly how they compare in terms of:
- How they work
- How they perform
- What the experts are saying
- How much they cost
- And more.
Let’s dive in!
Use the links below to navigate this article:
- Rejuvenate vs. Bona: Quick Summary
- Hardwood Floor Cleaners
- Multi-Surface Floor Cleaners
- Hardwood Floor Polishes
- Other Products
- Bottom Line: Which Floor Cleaner and Polish Should You Buy?
If you only have a minute and want to quickly understand how Rejuvenate and Bona compare, here’s what you need to know.
When it comes to cleaning and protecting my beautiful hardwood floors, I’m going with the company that’s been specializing in floor care for nearly 100 years—Bona.
Their products are proven to be effective, easy to use, and, most importantly, safe.
Their sole focus is floor care, and that type of dedication is why the majority of experts trust them.
Rejuvenate is an excellent option too, and, based on customer reviews, their products hold their own against Bona. So, if you want to try something new, check out Rejuvenate. But, if you want a proven solution from a company that’s earned its stripes, go with Bona.
How They Work
Fortunately, you don’t need to be a home maintenance expert to use Rejuvenate and Bona floor cleaners and polishes.
Both brands are simple to use, and there is no significant difference in their instructions.
For their cleaners, all you have to do is vacuum loose dirt, spray the cleaner, and mop it up (jump to detailed instructions).
For their polishes, clean the floors, allow them to dry, then apply the polish evenly with a microfiber mop and allow it to dry for 24 hours (jump to detailed instructions).
How They Perform
Rejuvenate and Bona both get glowing reviews for their hardwood floor cleaners.
Customers say that they clean dirt, grease, and grime with ease and don’t leave behind streaks or residue. Both are water-based, non-toxic, and are Greenguard Certified, which is a prerequisite for use in any hospitals or schools.
Bona’s multi-surface floor cleaner is designed for stone, tile, and laminate, but its formula is too potent for hardwood. Rejuvenate claims that their multi-surface floor cleaner is safe on all floor types, including hardwood.
The reviews of Rejuvenate and Bona hardwood floor polishes are mixed.
With both brands, customers either love the results or claim that the product ruined their floors.
Since both brands have been successful in the floor care business for decades (for Bona, nearly a century), my assumption is most dissatisfied customers run into issues because they fail to follow the instructions properly.
What Others Are Saying
When it comes to expert recommendations, Bona dominates the competition (including Rejuvenate).
- They produce outstanding floor care products that work really well.
- They’ve been specializing in floor care since 1919, while Rejuvenate hit the market in 1919 with a broader set of cleaning solutions.
- They’ve earned trust through partnerships with floor experts, including their Certified Craftsman program.
Although Rejuvenate receives occasional praise by experts, Bona’s trophy case is much more impressive. Here’s a handful of their recent endorsements:
- “Best Overall [wood floor cleaner],” “Best Wood Floor Cleaner for Allergy Sufferers,” and “Best Microfiber Mop with Cleaner” by Good Housekeeping.
- “Best for Spot Cleaning” by Bustle.com.
- “Best Overall” wood floor cleaner and “Best Overall” tile floor cleaner TheSpruce.com.
- “Best Hardwood Floor Cleaner for Large Areas” by BobVila.com.
- Official Hardwood Care Partner of the Boston Celtics (Bona.com).
How Much They Cost
There’s no significant difference in the price of Rejuvenate and Bona floor cleaners. However, you might be able to save a few dollars with Rejuvenate, depending on the sales and where you shop.
If you have hardwood floors throughout your home, it’s critical to keep a stash of hardwood floor cleaner handy at all times.
Quality hardwood floor cleaners remove dirt, stains, and grease. Most importantly, they maintain the beauty and integrity of your floors throughout the cleaning process and for years down the road.
Do-it-yourself solutions, such as water and vinegar or water and bleach, may work in the short term, but, over time, the acidity in the vinegar will destroy your floor’s finish, allow moisture to penetrate the wood, and cause irreversible damage.
Rejuvenate and Bona both offer several different hardwood floor cleaners, but, in this section, I’m focusing on their classic and best-selling products.
One of the best things about both Rejuvenate and Bona hardwood cleaners is that they are simple and easy to use.
There’s practically no difference between them in terms of how they work. Just follow these steps:
Step 1: Remove loose dirt and debris with a vacuum or broom.
Step 2: Spray the solution liberally on the floor. To make it easy, Rejuvenate comes in a squirt bottle, and Bona comes in a spray bottle.
TIP: You can also apply the cleaner using the Rejuvenate Click n Clean (see on Amazon) or Bona Hardwood Floor Spray Mop (see on Amazon or read my in-depth review). These convenient mops have a microfiber cleaning head and built-in spray functionality so you can spray the cleaner as you go. I recommend figuring out which cleaner is best before spending the money on a specific spray mop.
Step 3: Mop the cleaner in the direction of the floorboards with a slightly dampened cloth, microfiber mop, or one of the spray mops I just mentioned. You might need to rinse the cloth/microfiber pad a few times to remove excess dirt, especially if you’re cleaning a large area.
When it comes to picking a hardwood floor cleaner, not much matters more than performance.
You want a solution that’s safe for you and the environment, one that won’t leave behind streaks or residue, and, most importantly, one that is highly effective at cleaning your floors.
Here’s how Rejuvenate and Bona’s hardwood floor cleaners stack up.
Rejuvenate boasts that their formula includes an ionic discharge agent that increases the speed of drying and leaves your floors completely residue and streak-free. In my research, I found that this claim is true.
Several customers were pleasantly surprised that Rejuvenate worked perfectly and left no streaks or residue behind—just like they claim in their marketing. Overall, customers are delighted with its ability to clean footprints, grease, grime, pet mess, etc.
On top of all that, it’s odorless and non-toxic, so you won’t have to deal with the headaches that come from inhaling harsh, pungent chemicals or worry about the long term effects of toxic exposure.
With Bona, the story is very similar. As I wrote about in great detail in my recent in-depth review of Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner, this product has everything you want in a cleaner.
Like Rejuvenate, Bona cleans perfectly without streaks, residue, or a harsh chemical odor. It dries quickly and is specially formulated to ensure your floors remain in excellent condition for years to come. It’s a pH-neutral formula, which means it won’t wear down your floor’s finish like some more acidic formulas and DIY solutions.
I’ve been using Bona in my own home for several years and, like the hundreds of reviewers on Amazon, love the way it cleans and brings out the floor’s original shine.
Bona and Rejuvenate both put a significant emphasis on the safety of their products, and both earned the GREENGUARD Gold stamp of approval.
This distinction guarantees that their products are non-toxic, contain low VOC’s and are safe for you, your floors, and the environment. To give you an idea of how important this is, most schools and hospitals won’t even use a cleaning product unless it’s GREENGUARD Certified.
Bottom line—when it comes to performance, Rejuvenate and Bona clean wonderfully. They don’t leave behind streaks or residue, and they are both safe for you and your floors.
What Others Are Saying
So far, you’ve learned that Rejuvenate and Bona are pretty much the same in terms of how they work, how they perform, and their safety.
Let’s take a look at what the experts are saying and which cleaner is topping the “best of” lists.
In tests conducted by the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner ranked “Best Overall,” their Free & Simple cleaner ranked “Best Wood Floor Cleaner for Allergy Sufferers,” and their Spray Mop ranked “Best Microfiber Mop with Cleaner.” No Rejuvenate products made Good Housekeeping’s list.
Bustle.com ranked Bona Hardwood Spray Cleaner “Best for Spot Cleaning” because it “has low emissions, is biodegradable, and safe for pets and children…[and]…it comes in a spray bottle”.
TheSpruce.com named Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner the “Best Overall” wood floor cleaner for its superior cleaning ability, streak-free finish, Greenguard Gold certification, and 100 years in business.
Bona was named the “Best Hardwood Floor Cleaner for Large Areas” on BobVila.com due to its “floor-friendly ingredients” and its ability to “handily remove dust, dirt, and grime.”
Bona is near the top of the charts on Amazon’s best-seller lists too.
Being featured on “best of” lists is a good sign, but there’s no better endorsement for a product than being the go-to brand for trusted professionals and major venues.
Bona is the Official Hardwood Care Partner of the Boston Celtics and is an allied manufacturer and proud member of MFMA (Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association). It’s also used to clean the floors in the UK’s National Portrait Gallery, Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, Bridgewater Hall, and many other venues around the world.
Rejuvenate Hardwood Floor Cleaner doesn’t make most “best of” lists for a few reasons.
- First, Rejuvenate launched in 1999, about 80 years after Bona, so they don’t have the same brand awareness, legacy, and trust.
- Secondly, they are more well-known for their floor polishes; therefore, their cleaners often get overlooked by experts.
- Lastly, their product offering spans several cleaning categories, not just floors, so they don’t get as much specific recognition for their floor products.
Rejuvenate and Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaners are very affordable but, if you’re looking to save a few bucks, Rejuvenate tends to be slightly cheaper.
In addition to their hardwood floor cleaners, Rejuvenate and Bona both offer multi-surface floor cleaners designed for almost any type of floor—tile, laminate, vinyl, linoleum, and stone.
Before I dive into the details, these products have one important difference that I need to call out.
Rejuvenate All-Floors Cleaner is safe for all types of floors, including hardwood. However, Bona Stone, Tile, and Laminate Cleaner is NOT safe for hardwoods. According to Bona, it contains strong degreasers that could damage the finish on hardwoods over time.
So, if you have a mix of hardwood and other-material floors in your home, Rejuvenate has you covered with one product. But, if you decide to go with Bona, you’ll need one product for your hardwoods and another for the other materials.
How They Work
Rejuvenate and Bona multi-surface cleaners are simple and easy to use, and, in terms of how they work, there’s no difference.
The directions are the same as I described for their hardwood floor cleaners.
Step 1: Vacuum the loose dust and dirt.
Step 2: Spray the cleaner directly on the floor. Like the hardwood cleaners, these multi-surface cleaners come in a spray bottle, or you can apply them with Rejuvenate Click n Clean (see on Amazon) or Bona’s Spray Mop (see on Amazon).
NOTE: Rejuvenate All-Floors Cleaner can be used on laminate, tile, vinyl, linoleum, AND hardwood floor. Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate, as its name suggests, can only be used on linoleum, stone, terrazzo, vinyl, sealed marble, laminate, and sealed tile. It is NOT safe for hardwood.
Step 3: Mop the floor with a damp microfiber cloth or mop.
TIP: A microfiber mop might be too soft to tackle dirty grout lines. So for those, pick up a brush with firm bristles like this one. Unlike hardwood that can scratch easily, tile, stone, and engineered wood can withstand tougher brushes and stronger pressure.
The only difference between Bona’s multi-floor cleaners and their hardwood floor cleaners is that the multi-surface cleaners have stronger degreasers. Stone, tile, and engineered wood can handle the stronger formula without issue, but the finish on hardwoods can wear down with extended exposure.
Bona lists its ingredients on its website, but Rejuvenate does not, so the exact difference between their wood and all-floor cleaners is unclear.
Interestingly, Rejuvenate designed its multi-floor cleaner to be safe on hardwoods too. While an all-in-one cleaner is convenient for homes with wood and non-wood floors, it makes me question the strength of the formula, especially when Bona is saying that their cleaner is too strong for real wood.
With all that said, to get a real sense of how Rejuvenate and Bona multi-surface floor cleaners compare in terms of performance, let’s take a look at the feedback from real customers.
Rejuvenate All-Floors Cleaner gets glowing reviews on Amazon. People love how the odorless formula leaves their laminate floors sparkling with no streaks or residue. It’s hard to find any negatives when almost every customer raves about how great their floors look after using it.
The few customers that complain about Rejuvenate say that it leaves behind a thin layer of residue, which completely contradicts the overwhelming majority of reviewers that claim it leaves their floors spotless.
Similar story with Bona—most people love the results. They say it doesn’t leave streaks or smudges. It has no odor. And, like Bona’s hardwood floor cleaner, it’s non-toxic and Greenguard Certified.
The minority of people who complain about Bona say it leaves streaks, it doesn’t clean laminate well, and it makes the floor sticky.
What Others Are Saying
There are not many “best of” or “top 10” articles published in the all-floor cleaner category, but I was able to track down a couple.
Here’s what I found.
BusinessInsider.com named Rejuvenate All-Floors Cleaner the “Best for Vinyl” boasting “Sticky messes, spills, and muddy footprints are gone, and only shiny floors remain.”
Similar to their hardwood floor cleaners, Rejuvenate and Bona’s multi-surface floor cleaners are very affordable and cost just about the same.
To compare current prices, Rejuvenate and Bona multi-surface floor cleaners are available as a spray bottle or gallon refill tank on Amazon at the links below.
- Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner spray bottle and refill tank on Amazon.
- Rejuvenate All-Floor Cleaner spray bottle and refill tank on Amazon.
Every 2 to 4 months, your hardwood floors might start to look a little worn, scratched, or dull, despite regular cleaning. Enter floor polish.
Floor polish is designed to fill in scratches, restore your floor’s original shine, and add a protective layer to prevent future damage. It strengthens the finish already on your floors by adding an extra layer.
Rejuvenate and Bona both offer quality hardwood floor polishes.
Similar to their floor cleaners, Rejuvenate and Bona wood floor polishes are simple and easy to use.
Here are the steps:
Step 1: Clear the room and remove everything from the floor—rugs, furniture, everything.
Step 2: Clean the floor thoroughly and allow the floor to dry completely.
Step 3: Rock the bottle of polish back and forth gently, but do NOT shake it. Bona recommends rocking for 30 seconds, Rejuvenate recommends “3 or 4 times”.
TIP: Both brands offer polishes designed specifically for floors with high gloss and low gloss (or satin) finishes. Make sure to match the polish to the type of finish that’s already on your floors.
Step 4: Squirt the polish on small sections (5ft. x 5ft.) in an “S” pattern. A quart of polish will cover about 500 square feet.
Step 5: Spread the polish, section by section, with a microfiber cleaning pad. The pad you use should only be used for polish. Do NOT use the same pad for cleaning too. The polish should coat the floor evenly. Do NOT rub it in firmly like you would if you were cleaning.
Step 6: Allow the polish to dry at least 2 hours before walking on it and 24 hours before putting rugs and furniture back. If your floors need a second coat, allow the first one to dry for 2 hours, then repeat steps 3 through 6.
Here’s a look at the exact directions on the back of Rejuvenate and Bona’s floor polish bottles. You’ll notice that their instructions are virtually the same.
We now know that Rejuvenate and Bona wood floor polishes are both easy to use, but now the question is, which one performs better?
Both brands claim that their polish will dry fast, leave your floors sparkling with no waxy residue, and protect from wear and tear for months to come. Both are safe for you and your home (both are Greenguard certified) and easy to apply.
The only real way to understand how they perform is to look at the results across dozens of real customers.
The reviews on Bona’s polish are polarizing—customers either love it or hate it.
While most people love it, saying that it restores the shine, provides long-lasting protection, and works like a charm, others are essentially asking for a refund. They say that it leaves behind a cloudy film, that their floors look dull, it shows footprints, and some go as far as to say it ruined their floors.
The feedback on Rejuvenate is a similar story. Customers are either very satisfied or very dissatisfied.
Fortunately, like Bona, the majority of Rejuvenate customers rave about its polish. They say it brings their floors back to life, fills in scratches, restores the original shine, and works like magic!
Some customers are upset over what they claim is misleading advertising. The front of the bottle says, “Use On: ALL Hardwood Floors.
But, on the back, the fine print says, “Restorer will NOT adhere to waxed or oiled floors.”
Although you should always read the fine print, I understand how customers see “ALL” and make the mistake of using the product on their waxed floors only to realize it too late.
So, how do you evaluate products with such a wide range of reviews?
My recommendation is to take a closer look at the reviews. Search within the reviews to find customers with the same type of floors (oak, cherry, bamboo, etc.) and finish (high gloss, low gloss, satin, etc.) and see what they are saying. You can search the reviews of Rejuvenate here and Bona here.
The other factor to consider is that some of these customers may not be applying the polish correctly. They might not be cleaning thoroughly enough before applying the polish. They might not be coating the floor evenly. They might not be allowing it to dry for long enough.
Since floor polish adheres to the floor, the margin for error is higher compared to floor cleaner that you simply mop up.
My recommendation—whether you go with Rejuvenate or Bona, follow the instructions carefully, and you won’t have an issue.
What Others Are Saying
In their article “ How To Polish Wood Floors,” BobVila.com recommends using Bona polish.
Sherry from YoungHouseLove.com tested Bona and Rejuvenate and highly recommends Rejuvenate based on the fantastic results (photos on her site).
The folks at HomeFloorExperts.com say the “Bona is the way to go” because Bona has a long heritage and is a trusted brand, it’s easy to use, it fills in scratches, it’s non-toxic and completely safe, and at the end of the day, it works!
Similarly to their floor cleaners, Rejuvenate and Bona wood floor polishes cost nearly the same.
You might be able to find one a couple of dollars cheaper than the other, but since they are so close, price should not be a factor in determining which brand to buy.
Rejuvenate slogan is to “Make It NEW Again!”. They’re a cleaning products company manufactured by For Life Products LLC, which started in the 1990s.
The CEO, Joe McDonnell, started Rejuvenate by selling on QVC (they’re still #1 in their product category on QVC) and now has established the brand in major chains like Home Depot.
While they have a wide range of floor care products, they also have dozens of cleaning products in the Kitchen, Leather & Fabric, Bathroom, and Outdoor categories.
Click N Clean Spray Mop (see on Amazon): The Click N Clean is Rejuvenate’s microfiber mop that features built-in functionally to store and dispenses the cleaner. It’s compatible with all Rejuvenate cleaning solutions.
Rejuvenate All-Floors Restorer (see on Amazon): Regardless of the type of floor you have, this product will fill in scratches, restore the original shine, and protect it from future damage. It works on hardwood, laminate, vinyl, tile, and more.
Rejuvenate Cabinet and Furniture Restorer with Mitt (see on Amazon): This polish is specially designed to fill in scratches, seal, and protect wood cabinets. The best part, it comes with a microfiber mitt to help apply the formula.
Rejuvenate Deep Cleaner and Grout Brush System (see on Amazon): This set comes with a mop handle, microfiber cleaning pad, microfiber towel, grout deep cleaner solution, and a stiff bristle grout brush. Perfect for cleaning filthy tiled floors in your kitchen or bathroom.
Rejuvenate Window and Siding Cleaner (see on Amazon): This dual system cleaner attaches to your hose and allows you to spray and clean your windows and siding. All you have to do is adjust the setting when you switch from the windows to the siding. It’s completely safe for your plants and grass.
As I wrote about in great detail in my recent review of Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner, Bona has a 100-year history of floor care. They’re a family-owned Swedish company that launched in 1919, and they’ve been solely focused on floor care since the beginning.
They offer several other products besides the floor cleaners and polish that I talk about in this post.
Some of their other most popular products are:
Bona Hardwood Floor Premium Spray Mop (see on Amazon): An easy-to-use microfiber mop with a built-in spray functionality that makes it easy to clean floors (equivalent to Rejuvenate Click N Clean).
Bona Microfiber Floor Mop (see on Amazon): The same as the spray mop, but without the built-in spray functionality.
Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner (see on Amazon): Bona’s “most powerful wood floor cleaner” has all the great ingredients as their original wood floor cleaner, plus an extra oxygenated formula that generates bubbles to lift stubborn debris buried deep in the crevices of your floor.
Bona Free & Simple (see on Amazon): Same great formula as the original wood floor cleaner but with a special hypoallergenic formula. It contains no dyes or scents.
Professional Series Natural Oil Floor Cleaner (see on Amazon): A cleaner designed specifically for floors with oil-based penetrating finishes.
Bona Wood Furniture Polish (see on Amazon): A polish so you can fill in the scratches and restore the shine of your wood furniture.
Rejuvenate and Bona both have an excellent reputation and the products to back it up.
So, which brand should you trust for your floor cleaning and polishing needs?
Although Rejuvenate floor cleaners and polishes get rave reviews by customers and are simple and easy to apply, I recommend going with Bona.
- Longevity: Bona has been in business for nearly a century. No company can stay in business that long without amazing results that last.
- Experts’ Choice: Most experts put their trust in Bona. They top the “best of” lists on Good Housekeeping, Bustle, The Spruce, and BobVila, and they’re used in famous museums and venues across the globe.
- Trusted by Contractors: They have a network of Certified Craftsmen that only use Bona products.
- Eco-Friendly: All of their products are pH neutral and environmentally safe. That’s not just marketing speak; they are Greenguard Gold certified.
- Great Performance: Most importantly, their products work! I’ve seen the results first-hand since I’ve been using Bona products for years, but don’t just take my word for it, check out the excellent reviews for Bona products on Amazon.
At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with either. If you’re still on the fence, buy a small bottle of each brand’s cleaner and polish and test them out on small areas of your floor.
They are both very affordable and available at most local home improvement stores and on Amazon at the links below.
Are You Team Rejuvenate or Team Bona?
Have you used either of these brands in your home? If so, what was your experience? Do you agree with my recommendation? Are there any other floor cleaners and polishes that you think are better? Let us know in the comments below.
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- How to Deep Clean Hardwood Floors: 5 Simple Steps
- Top 4 Best Vacuums for Hardwood Floors and Area Rugs
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