How to clean sticky tile floors

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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.

Dampen a soft cloth or sponge with warm tap water.

Scrub the sticky floor thoroughly with the cloth/sponge.

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

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.

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.


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.

Things You'll Need

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