How to clean vinyl floor tile

Updated February 21, 2017

Vinyl tile flooring has a tendency to look dirty. The dirt can appear to be right in the vinyl, yet it is not. Tough dirt needs a tough cleaning job, but knowing what types of cleaners work best takes trial and error. Instead of getting on your hands and knees to scrub the vinyl floor, finding the right cleaning solution makes more sense. Most home improvement stores and even grocery stores sell do-it-yourself cleaners that can get the job done. Cleaning vinyl floor tile doesn't take a genius, but following a few simple rules is a must.

Vacuum up dirt and dust regularly from your vinyl floor tiles. Some tiles have deep grooves. Keeping the floor clean will prevent the dirt from settling into the crevices.

Always wash the vinyl floor tiles first with water. If the water doesn't remove the dirt, add a tablespoon of dish washing detergent to a quart of water. Use a mop or a rag to wipe it up.

Add a tablespoon of clear ammonia, or an ammonia product, to water for washing vinyl floors. Let the solution sit on the floor for five minutes to loosen the dirt. Ammonia can leave behind a film so rinse the floor with water after use.

Use a self-cleaning cleanser on the vinyl floors. Apply the cleanser with a clean damp cloth. Self-cleaning cleansers do not leave behind a wax build-up.

Use a strong floor stripper if the vinyl is older and has a wax build-up. Vinyl floor wax strippers have strong odours and require proper ventilation. Pour it on full strength, wait five minutes until the dirt is loosened, then mop it up.

Pour a mixture of 1/4 chlorine bleach to 3/4 water over the floor. Let it sit five minutes and then mop it up with a dry mop. Windex also cleans dirt from vinyl floor tiles.


Place floor mats in the entry of each room so that feet can be wiped before entering. The soles of shoes carry with them all kinds of dirt and grease that can stain vinyl floors.


Some cleaners are very potent. Make sure to properly ventilate the house while you clean. Wear gloves to protect your hands from harmful chemicals found in some cleansers.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Mop
  • Rag
  • Dish detergent
  • Ammonia
  • Self cleaning cleanser
  • Wax stripper
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Windex
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Lacy Enderson is an Addictions and Recovery Counselor. She is Certified with the American Association of Christian Therapists and holds a Master's Degree in Biblical Counseling. She is currently enrolled in Liberty University's Master of Divinity Degree program with Chaplaincy. Lacy is a graduate of Rhema Correspondent Bible School and has completed the first section of Berean School of the Bible. Lacy is the author of, "Addiction: A Personal Story" and "So You Want to Lose Weight But You Can't Stop Eating." Her newest novel is a teenage Christian fiction titled, "Honey Sweetheart."