How to Clean a Tile Floor With Ammonia

Jack Rella

No matter how much you clean, mildew and dirt always seems to creep into your house. This is especially true with pool rooms or bathrooms. Mildew forms because of the moisture, and it is hard to get rid of.

Some cleaners that you can buy are made for specific rooms of the house and will help get rid of the mildew, but many times they cost a whole lot and don't work any better than simple ammonia. Ammonia has the power to clean it and disinfect your entire tile floor.


Placing a box fan at each end of the room blowing in the same direction will help keep the fumes down and air moving through the room.


If you are sensitive to the smell of ammonia, you may want to wear a face mask for this project.

  1. Clear the floor in the room you are going to clean. Open any nearby windows to make sure the room is well-ventilated. If there are no windows, bring in some fans to get fumes out of the room.

  2. Sweep the floor, being careful to remove all the dirt and dust from the tile. This keeps a mud from forming when you start using water and ammonia to clean.

  3. Mix equal parts of water and ammonia in the bucket. The amount that you need depends on the size of the floor you are about to clean.

  4. Put on rubber gloves and use a mop to apply some of the mixture to the tile floor. Do not soak the floor; just make it damp with the solution.

  5. Use the brush to scrub the floor. The soft bristles will help protect the tile and the grout but work away the mildew. Use the sponge to get any hard-to-reach areas, such as corners and small spaces. Make sure that you have air moving through the room at this point. Ammonia can be very strong.

  6. Dump out your ammonia mixture once the spots are clean. Rinse out the bucket a few times and then fill it with clean water.

  7. Mop the floor multiple times with a clean mop to rinse off the ammonia. Use fresh water each time you mop the floor.