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Is Rejuvenate good for hardwood floors?


No! Rejuvenate should never, ever be put on a wood floor. Absolutely do NOT use it. Here’s why:

Instead, of making you scroll all the way down and read through this whole post, we’ll give you the answer up here in a few short paragraphs.

Question: Is Rejuvenate good for hardwood floors?

Answer: Rejuvenate is THE WORST product you can put on your wood or tile floor. It has ruined millions upon millions of square feet of flooring and we’re not joking around. The wood flooring industry considers Rejuvenate and other products like it (i.e. QuickShine, Mop & Glo, 
Murphy’s Oil Soap, etc.) a contaminant. Many wood floor professionals will avoid working on floors if they know it is contaminated with acrylic wax or will recommend that the only solution to fixing it, is sanding the floor to bare wood and starting over or having a new floor installed. Unfortunately, none of those options are painless for the average consumer using products like Rejuvenate.

So, is there any hope for my floor then?

Yes, there is. The Clean ReCoat Process is uniquely designed to tackle the elimination of acrylic wax/polymer from a floor. We mechanically and chemically remove the contaminant and then apply a fresh coat of commercial-grade finish in your desired sheen to bring your floor back to beautiful. It’s a simple and effective solution to a problem that has plagued homeowners for decades.

WATCH THIS: We removed Rejuvenate and other acrylic wax contaminants from these engineered red oak wood floors in St. Charles, MO!

The next question to ask yourself is, how did this get to be such a huge problem for the flooring industry? Why is it so common and why have I never heard of it till just now?

In the content below, we explore the true reality behind the clandestine image surrounding brands like Rejuvenate to reveal that there are more people sharing the same problems because of acrylic wax/polymers. All of the products we’ve mentioned thus far have impeccable five star reviews on the surface but drill down a little deeper and you quickly see what’s really going on.

Rejuvenate has a five-star rating everywhere I look, surely it’s not all bad news, right? Wrong.

Here is an example of what will pop up when you search for Rejuvenate on Google Chrome.

Based on what we can see here, what’s not to love? Nearly a five-star rating as far as the eye can see.

We know it’s a bold claim to say Rejuvenate is a terrible product for your floors and because of that, we want to do our due diligence. So, let’s use Lowe’s official website first in our hunt for some more concrete proof to support our claim.

We’ll be browsing through the review section to see what verified purchasers of Rejuvenate have to say – you never know when a company is purchasing positive reviews or incentivizing its customers to leave good reviews for a mediocre or bad product. It’s a shady and deceptive way to position a product to consumers but companies get caught doing it all the time.

First Up, Lowe’s

Here’s what you’ll see when you pull up Rejuvenate All Floors Restorer on Lowe’s website.

Again, at first glance, it looks like a great product backed by lots of positive reviews. Let’s be honest with ourselves, don’t we shop and buy based upon the recommendations of others too?

According to Jon Clark from Search Engine Journal, 99.9% of people read reviews when they shop online and 96% specifically look for negative reviews. So, that’s what we’re going to do too. Let’s filter the reviews down to see just the one-star reviews. Do that and here’s what you’ll find:

These six reviews were copied exactly (including typos) from Lowe’s product listing page for Rejuvenate and you can read them in their original format here. There are a couple of elements that we didn’t pull over such as whether or not these customers would recommend this product and if Rejuvenate’s Customer Support responded or not, which they did in some cases.

These curated one-star reviews make up only 5% of the 183 reviews on Lowe’s listing for Rejuvenate. How many of those 5-star review people have yet to experience the troubles that the one-star review customers already have? The chance of them experiencing the same problems is, unfortunately, inevitable.

All of these people are using the same product and following the same instructions on the back of the bottle but for some reason, some are having terrible results — so bad that many of them are begging to get the stuff off of their floors!

Up Next, Home Depot

Now, let’s check out the reviews for Rejuvenate Floor Restorer at Home Depot.

This is the same item as listed on Lowe’s, the only difference is that it’s a larger container of it. It’s more popular with the Home Depot crowd because it has over 1200 reviews and 4.6 stars! Again, we’ll filter the reviews down to see what the one-star reviewers are saying about Rejuvenate.

There are more negative reviews here than there were on Lowe’s website but these are still just a small sampling of the damage that has been done by Rejuvenate and other products like it. It’s no lie when we say that millions upon millions of square feet have been ruined because of the acrylic wax/polymer in Rejuvenate.

If you need more convincing that this stuff is more like a Snake Oil scam then read through this desperate post on Houzz from user April SM asking how she can remove Rejuvenate build-up from her wood floors.

Still need more proof that this stuff isn’t worth the risk? Read all of the reviews on Amazon to get a great snapshot of the damage that this product is causing for unsuspecting wood floor owners every day.

We’re Barely Scratching the Surface Here

These are just the one-star reviews from Lowe’s and Home Depot. We haven’t even looped in other hardware stores like Menards or Ace Hardware. This still doesn’t include Amazon, Target, Walmart, or any of the other places you can buy Rejuvenate. There are hundreds of thousands, probably millions of people that are having these same results and not having a clue how to fix it.

It is a tragedy too because so many people think it can’t be reversed and opt to have the floor re-sandedreplaced, or just live with hating it for years.

The bottom line is don’t be fooled by the new Snake Oil salesmen peddling cheap crap at a high price!

So, is Rejuvenate good for hardwood floors? Our verdict is: 👎👎

They have a great marketing team that is obviously very skilled at positioning Rejuvenate as a one-stop-shop alternative to traditional floor refinishing, it’s just too bad that the product isn’t worth buying! If you have any of this stuff squirreled away under your kitchen sink or in a laundry room cabinet, we recommend chucking it in the garbage. So long Rejuvenate!

QUESTION & ANSWER: What does Rejuvenate look like on a floor and how do we get it off?

Rejuvenate on the face of it seems like a miraculous product that for all intents and purposes should work like a charm for a dull and charmless floor. Does it shine the floor up? Yes, BUT there are a lot of other things that it does as well that are conveniently not warned of on the bottle.

For starters, Rejuvenate is extremely water and liquid-sensitive. If an ice cube melts and a puddle of water sits on the floor for even a short amount of time, a white ring will be left in the Rejuvenate finish. The acrylic polymers are susceptible to water and the white marring will not go away once it has dried. Once it’s there, it’s there to stay. Here’s an example of a kitchen we recently fixed for a couple that had been applying Rejuvenate for almost a decade. Notice the white puddles all over the floor.

Also, take note of the halo around the perimeter of the cabinets, about 10 inches out from the toe kicks. This halo is the cause of the accumulation of dirt and grime that’s been trapped under numerous layers of acrylic wax/polymer. It’s so bad in fact that it makes this blond-red oak floor appear dingy and grey. Another unfortunate consequence of this build-up is that all of the layers of acrylic reduce the visibility of the wood grain and make the floor appear more lifeless over time. The graph below illustrates the process of how floors get to be so badly contaminated.

The pictures below are what the floors looked like after being stripped and recoated with a fresh coat of commercial-grade finish to help bring them back to life. Our customer chose a nice Satin sheen for their finish and these floors will dry and look very nice for them.

It’s hard to believe these beautiful clear-coated red oak floors were hidden under so much grime. The difference speaks for itself and here’s what our customer had to say when she saw it after getting home from work.

“Clean ReCoat just completed a refresh of our kitchen hardwood floors. We are amazed at how great they look! Years of big box polishes had built up and discolored and were impossible to remove. After Clean ReCoat, it looks like we had new floors installed. Beautiful! Reasonable cost for the great result.” — Janna Gordon, 5 Star Google Review

The most impressive aspect of that project was just how much acrylic wax/polymer we removed from her floor. For an area of less than 250 square feet, it took two of our guys all day to get all the layers of it off.

Our technician’s face clearly says everything you need to know about this stuff. It’s nasty and a good idea to never start using it or stop using it now!

Clean ReCoat is THE BEST solution to fix Rejuvenate.

Why? Because one out of every 3 jobs involves us removing it from a floor. Most people don’t even know what they’re doing when they squirt some Rejuvenate onto their floor but we know exactly how to get it off for you.

At Clean ReCoat, we provide complete hardwood floor care. Need to show a 100-year-old floor some love? Good, we love saving old floors. Are your floors youngsters but a little banged and bruised from the dog’s nails? We’ve seen it a million times. With over 25 years of experience in and around the wood floor business, we know our stuff and we’re happy to share it with you if the price is right! 😉

Are you ready to bring your floors back to life with our easy, result-based process? Contact us now to get you the help you need.



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