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Product Review: Orange Glo and Other Oil Products

Learn the dangers of Orange Glo on your hardwood floors!

There are a lot of orange oil-based products on the market. Orange Glo Wood Polish And Conditioner is a trendy product that uses the oil from orange peels as a cleaning agent. Its citrusy smell and natural ingredients make it a popular pick for environmentally savvy people. Orange Glo is a wood floor cleaning product that has had aggressive advertising campaigns featuring Billy Mays.

It claims to leave no oily or waxy residue on wood floors. Orange Glo also promises to remove dirt, grease and wax. Like many other wood flooring products, Orange Glo makes false and misleading claims. If you aren't familiar with the wood product, Orange Glo is owned by Church & Dwight, the same company who owns Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. It is a very common household product available at Wal-mart and other big box stores.

Orange Glo restores the shine of polyurethaned floors, but only temporarily. In fact, wood floors look fabulous immediately when you use Orange Glo. Orange Glo leaves a grimy build-up or residue on hardwood floors. This filmy residue will appear in dull streaks that are very tricky to remove. The sticky residue can often be so thick that you literally have to scrape it off! Sometimes after the first or second application of Orange Glo, a homeowner will not notice the residue. It may take a few more applications to realize the problem.

This cloudy mess on the surface of wood floors has created a real stir. Typically the residue appears as a milky white film. Sometimes, if enough Orange Glo has been used, the residue can peel up from the floor. Depending on the quantity of Orange Glo used it may be so harmful to your wood floors that you will need to resand and refinish them. No matter how new or old your wood floors are, Orange Glo will often leave wood floors with a gummy residue.

After testing Orange Glo and being very disappointed with the results, I decided to call the company to see how they would respond to the residue problem. A representative from the Orange Glo customer service line told me to use an ammonia-based product to remove the residue. Orange Glo claims to leave no residue but their customer service team has a solution to the residue problem! Go figure! There is something very inconsistent with the product claims and how it actually works. However, vinegar, glass cleaner and rubbing alcohol are some products that I found work to remove Orange Glo residue.

Class action lawsuits have been filed because some wood floors have been very badly damaged by Orange Glo. Many frustrated homeowners are trying hard to take Orange Glo off the market. It is a product that has made many people very angry. Unfortunately, with compelling advertising and a handsome spokesperson in the commercial, many people are choosing Orange Glo without doing their homework.

Now you know all the problems with Orange Glo. Hopefully you will be smart and never try it on your wood floors!