How to Clean Salt from Tile Flooring


Jill asked: How do I clean salt off a tile floor? Rock salt used to melt ice has been tracked onto the tile floor. The salt leaves a dull, gray appearance on the tile floor.

With winter, comes salt being tracked all through the house. Fortunately, with a simple cleaning solution, this salty residue can be cleaned away with little effort. Here’s what to do.

You Will Need:

  • Warm water
  • Microfiber mop
  • Borax
  • Ammonia
  • Bucket

Steps to Remove the Salt Residue:

  1. Fill a bucket with the following items:
    • 1 gallon warm water
    • 2 tablespoons ammonia
    • 1 tablespoon borax
  2. Moisten the mop and squeeze it out completely.
  3. Move the mop over the surface, rewetting as needed.
  4. Rinse with clean water.
  5. Dry with a soft towel or allow to air dry.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Sponge mops should not be used to clean tile floors because they do not absorb the water quick enough. This leads to the dirt and moisture being pushed into the grout areas and causing a bigger mess.
  • Microfiber mops are best because they absorb the moisture and dirty water right away and keep it from spreading.
  • Floors can also be washed by hand. If using this method, wash them in a circular motion and rinse quickly to avoid streaking.


  1. Wonderful. I will use this tip.

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