How to clean a discolored vinyl floor

Tile is a popular flooring option in a variety of styles, designs and materials. Vinyl is one of the many materials that tiles are manufactured from. While vinyl tile is durable and easy to care for, normal wear and tear is common. Discolouration of your vinyl flooring is caused by a number of possibilities, but discolouration typically occurs from a build-up of wax or residue from cleaners, air fresheners or soap.

Open doors and windows in the room you will be working in to provide adequate air ventilation.

Sweep the tiles with a broom to remove the surface dirt. Sweep the surface dirt and debris into a dust pan and discard the contents.

Equip yourself with a pair of rubber gloves to protect your skin from possible skin irritation.

Combine equal parts of ammonia and water in a 5-gallon bucket.

Saturate a sponge mop into the ammonia-water mixture.

Apply the mixture to the vinyl tiles with the mop. Allow the mixture to sit on the tiles for five minutes.

Scrub the tiles with the sponge mop. Re-saturate the mop and scrub the vinyl tiles back and forth. Alternatively, scrub the tiles with a soft-bristled brush saturated in the mixture.

Rinse the tiles with a sponge saturated in cool water. Allow the floor to air dry.


Point fans in the direction of the vinyl tiles to aid in the drying process. Wipe your tiles with a cloth saturated in lemon juice to make them shine.


Test the ammonia-water mixture on an inconspicuous area of the vinyl tiles. If damage occurs, discontinue use.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Dust pan
  • Rubber gloves
  • Ammonia
  • Water
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Sponge mop
  • Sponge
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Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.