How to Remove Salt Stains From Ceramic Tile

Keeping your ceramic tile floors clean can be a very difficult task. This task can become extremely hard during the winter time. Those little white salt stains that are usually associated with winter ice clean-up can be a real eyesore on your tile. Fortunately, there is an easy removal technique that will have your floors salt free and gleaming in no time.

Fill a bucket with one gallon of warm water.

Add 2 tbsp. of ammonia and 1 tbsp. of borax to the bucket of warm water.

Wet the head of a micro-fiber mop with the cleaning solution from the bucket.

Move the wet mop over the surface of the stained area to clean the tile.

Re-wet the mop and repeat step 4, if needed.

Wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth. Allow the ceramic tile to air dry.

Things You Will Need

  • Bucket
  • Microfiber mop
  • 1 gallon warm water
  • 1 tbsp. borax
  • 2 tbsp. ammonia
  • Clean cloth


  • If you do not have a mop, wash the floor by hand. Use a circular motion when hand washing and rinse the floors quickly to avoid water lines or streaks.


  • Do not use a sponge mop to clean a tile floor. The sponge absorbs slowly and causes dirt to be pushed across the floor instead of absorbing it.

About the Author

Tammi Clements is a Los Angeles, California based fashion, and entertainment writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast communications from the University Of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her articles have appeared in Jane Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. She is currently writing her first novel, and travels the globe in her free time.