How to Easily Clean Tile Floors with Vinegar and Water

by Ivy B
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Though I like to find the easiest ways to make my homemaking simpler, every now and again I have to put some effort in.  This is how to clean tile floors with vinegar for a deeper clean.

Several years ago, in our old house, I learned how to clean bathroom floor with vinegar.  I found that keeping our white tile looking good required a bit of extra work, especially because we had two small dogs and a tiny human dirtying up the place pretty frequently.

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Though I was a full time stay at home mom when I started doing this, it wasn’t my first choice in cleaning methods when it came to my tile floors.  Granted, our bathrooms were much smaller in that house, but this method took a good deal of time.  Plus, it’s a bit harder on your knees and back.

I’m perfectly happy with my regular use of a steam mop, but I don’t feel it’s a great way to get all the nooks and crannies cleaned in the bathroom.  Mainly, I feel like there’s no way it’s cleaning grout, you know?

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So, occasionally I break out the vinegar and hand mop our tile floors.

How To Clean Tile Floors With Vinegar

For a deeper, more thorough clean, I choose to clean ceramic tile floors with a mixture of vinegar and water.   Plus, I usually go over the baseboards with the dampened sponge while I’m at it (so long as the walls and baseboards are painted with something that can be cleaned).

For any other surface, please check with your manufacturer before using a vinegar and water solution to clean your floors.

Supplies

Sponge

Bucket or large bowl

Distilled White Vinegar

Gloves

Water – make it at hot as your hands can handle

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Make Your Mixture

Make a mixture of about equal parts vinegar to water so as not to dilute too heavily the disinfectant properties of the vinegar.

I can get away with about 1 Cup water and 1 Cup vinegar for each bathroom, because mine aren’t really very big.  Additionally, it helps me to rinse out dust and those small hairs into the sink so I don’t introduce them into the solution I’m cleaning with.

Get to Work

1. Wipe down surfaces

I find that wiping down surface areas first is the best way to tackle a clean bathroom, prior to mopping.  This will prevent dust, dirt, or hairs from falling to the floor after it’s been cleaned.

2. Remove objects from the room

It’s important to move anything that’s on the floor out of the room so you can clean every inch of the floors.  This is when I take our trash can, stool, and floor rug out.

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3.  Sweep or vacuum your bathroom floor

I prefer to use our stick vac, which tends to get more hairs and tiny particles off the floor.

4. Time to mop

Now it’s time to sit on the floor and begin hand mopping.

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I usually dip my sponge into the vinegar and water solution, then squeeze out the water just a bit.  I prefer my sponge to be a little more than damp, but not dripping wet.

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Tackle the floors a small area at a time, dipping and wringing out your sponge when you notice it becoming too dry or when it’s picked up some debris.

Tell me: how do you clean your bathroom floors?

Are you concerned about the smell of vinegar?  From my experience, the smell of the vinegar starts to dissipate in about an hour after cleaning.  Personally, I’d prefer to smell vinegar over inhaling harmful chemicals from cleaners, which is also why I use a steam mop for the everyday cleaning.

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Cynthia Walker January 2, 2019 - 4:47 am

Thanks for sharing this great bathroom floor cleaning tips. I would love to do ideas.

Baytown Plumber January 10, 2019 - 4:57 am

I have been postponing my cleaning for some days now. Thanks to your tips, I think I’ve finally found an easier way to do it. Nathan

Kamal April 3, 2019 - 3:54 am

I have been using this method for years, and it always works.

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Jamie November 19, 2019 - 9:43 pm

The bathroom is one such area that faces soapy water, scum, dirt, oil, and moisture every day, so it tends to get dirtier and damper than other areas of the house. Thanks for sharing the tip for bathroom floor cleaning, will try out this weekend!

Donna Jensen February 8, 2020 - 10:14 pm

How would you clean hair spray off the bathroom floor, please?

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Thank you for sharing this great way of cleaning, which is very helpful to me because I am not sure how to make my room more clean because the mop can’t do it either there.

Steve @Enviro Clean July 17, 2020 - 1:39 am

Vinegar is a popular cleaning product, but it can damage some household surfaces and materials. When it comes to household cleaning, most people have a jug of distilled white vinegar in their arsenal. It’s cheap, biodegradable, environmentally-friendly, kills mold and bacteria, and does a pretty good job of removing stains, cleaning glass, and eliminating odors.

Stone Sealing Sydney July 17, 2020 - 1:48 am

Vinegar is an acidic liquid (2.2-3 on the pH scale) that results from ethanol alcohol fermentation. It will not harm the environment when you wash it down the drain, but there are many surfaces and objects in your home that can be harmed by acidic liquids like vinegar.

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When it comes to cleaning and disinfecting, vinegar, even when diluted, might seem like the perfect cleaning product, but the acid in distilled white vinegar can destroy the protective sealant that’s applied to marble and granite countertops.

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Vinegar can also dull the shiny surface making your countertops look old before their time. The best product for cleaning marble and granite countertops is a mild liquid dish detergent or a cleaner specifically designed for stone.

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When it comes to cleaning stone, concrete, and ceramic tile floors, leave the vinegar under the sink. Just like with stone countertops, the acid in vinegar will strip away the protective sealant from stone tiles, making them look dull and leaving the surface vulnerable to etching and pitting.

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Ceramic tile is fairly impervious to acid, but the grout isn’t. If you clean a ceramic tile floor regularly with vinegar, you will eventually vinegar-wash the protective elements out of the grout, which can lead to discoloration and crumbling.

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Much like stone countertops and floors, the acid in vinegar will strip away that finish, leaving bare, exposed wood. The best way to keep hardwood floors clean is to sweep them often and clean up any water or liquid spills as soon as possible.

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Vinegar is safe to use on windows and glass, but not computer monitors and cell phone screens. Monitors and cell phones have a protective coating that prevents glare and damage to the screen.

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There’s much debate about adding white vinegar to your laundry to make your clothes smell clean. Some people claim vinegar can harm rubber seals and hoses in the washing machine. Others say they have been adding vinegar to their laundry for years and have experienced no problems or leaks.

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The real issue is whether or not vinegar actually helps clean clothes. When you add vinegar to the wash cycle along with laundry detergent, the alkaline properties of the detergent neutralize the vinegar, and the acidic properties of the vinegar neutralize the detergent, making it less effective for removing dirt.

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Also, never mix bleach with vinegar. The combination of the two will cause chlorine gas to form, which can irritate and burn your eyes, throat, and lungs, and even kill you.

Kelly August 25, 2020 - 7:20 am

I had used this trick and this trick was work well for me. I have used so many tricks to clean the tile floor. Like I used detergent trick also. in this trick, I Mix a mild detergent with hot water and apply with a rag or chamois mop instead of a sponge mop.

Reyes August 30, 2020 - 3:40 am

I believe the best way to clean tile floors is without using any harsh chemicals. Between house cleanings, everyone can use these guidelines for cleaning tile floors. Cleaning tiled floors with vinegar and baking soda is an easy and chemical-free way to deal with old stains in the kitchen and bathroom.

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