How to clean sticky tile floors

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How to clean sticky tile floors
Homemade cleaners remove a sticky feeling from a tile floor. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Tile floors inside of a kitchen or bathroom can get sticky due to food or drink spills or by you walking on the floor with wet and/or dirty feet. Household cleaners will remove a variety of stains and odours from these types of floors, but they may not remove a sticky residue from the tiles. One of two methods that involve homemade "cleaners" will remove the sticky feeling on tile floors.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Baking soda
  • Cloths/sponges
  • White vinegar
  • Nonbleach liquid dish soap

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  1. 1

    Sprinkle baking soda over the area of the tile floor that is sticky. The amount of baking soda required varies per the amount of floor that's sticky.

  2. 2

    Dampen a soft cloth or sponge with warm tap water.

  3. 3

    Scrub the sticky floor thoroughly with the cloth/sponge.

  4. 4

    Dry the floor with a clean cloth or towel. Inspect the floor and proceed to Step 5 if the floor remains sticky.

  5. 5

    Repeat Step 1. Then, mix a solution of 1 cup white vinegar, 1 tbsp nonbleach liquid dish soap and 3 to 4 cups of hot tap water inside a bucket, sink or other container.

  6. 6

    Dampen a clean soft cloth/sponge in the cleaning solution. Scrub the floor once more. Then, dry the floor with a clean soft cloth. Repeat this step until the floor is no longer sticky.

Tips and warnings

  • Earth Easy suggests using vinegar sparingly on tile floors, since the vinegar may damage the tile grout. Diluting the vinegar helps to prevent such damage from occurring.

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