How To Clean Sticky Floors After a Party – The Fastest & Easiest Way!
Just imagine you are having a party in your home. Parties make some of the best times to cool off, right? You don’t have to worry about the undone assignment, hot-headed boss, or those sleepless nights with the baby. However, the morning after the party is another crazy day.
You have to collect the trash, clean the venue, and again mop the floors. Unfortunately for many people, this is never the end of the nightmare. The big deal comes up when you finally have to contend with a sticky floor.
Well, there is no need to worry. If you have had a bad experience with sticky bathroom floor tiles, or kitchen floors; especially after mopping up, I am here to help. I will show you how to clean sticky floors so that you get the best feel out of it, but first, let’s look at these vital tips.
Causes of a Sticky Floor
If your sticky floor is not cleaned properly, the floor will gather dirt very fast. This will lead to a pile of bacteria that can be harmful to your health. Sticky bathroom floor tiles, for instance, will lead to fungal and growth of mold. That’s why you should clean your floors frequently and in the right way.
Before we get into this, I want to show you some of the causes of sticky floors.
Wrong Cleaning Detergent
The first major cause of sticky floors is homeowners using the wrong cleaning solutions or detergents. While most normal cleaning needs require mild cleaning detergents, you may be forced to use tougher cleaning detergents due to solid stains. This may include the use of volatile cleaning chemicals and other remedies.
TIPS: The trick to getting stubborn stains off is not the use of stricter chemical cleaners but to focus more on the type of stain. Sticky and grimier stains may require tougher chemicals but not their mild counterparts.
If you have a sticky residue, focus more on a chemical that has an opposite PH. This means using acidic cleaners on alkaline dirt and vice versa. If you have a similar PH (acid or acid dirt), the floor will be sticky at the end.
Too Much Cleaning Detergent
Another common reason for sticky floors is the use of too much cleaning detergent. The truth is this. Using too many cleaning solutions won’t leave you with a spotless clean touch, and this is something that you must learn. As such, you should focus more on the following things:
- Understanding your type of floor
- Following manufacturer’s instructions on the use of detergent
- Using the right measurements when you want to clean your floor
Most cleaning detergents will come with a measuring cup. Use the cup to take up the right measurements for the stated floor or cleaning water.
Working with Dirty Water
Any water that is dirty already has some residue in it. The use of dirty water is, therefore, the main cause of the sticky floor.
As your mop cleans, it picks up residues. It is this residue that makes the floor dirty. Technically, you won’t be cleaning the floor but instead adding more dirt on a rather clean area by using dirty water. So the cleaner will not eliminate the dirt.
Due to that, you will end up with a greasy and rather stickier floor than you had when you were starting to clean the floor.
TIPS: Changing your cleaning water after a while will help you to maintain a clean touch to your floor as you clean through. It will give you an easy time and will also leave you with a less messy solution.
Not Rinsing the Floor
While you will change the water once you realize that it is getting dirty (with a white film of soap around it), if you don’t rinse the floor you will still have a sticky floor.
So make sure that after cleaning your floor, you get back to the starting point and rinse the floor with clean water.
TIPS: If you find out that rising the floor may be quite cumbersome, you can always choose the microfiber mops. These types of mops will do a better job at gathering the dirt and releasing it inside the mopping bucket instead.
How to Clean Sticky Floors
Different ingredients like ammonia, white vinegar, & sodium carbonate are prominent ingredients to clean sticky floors. You can also steam mop it by yourself. Also, a residue-free cleaner is also used to do that. Apart from that, baking soda and dish soap are common ingredients used in everyday life.
If you want to ensure that your floor gets a sticky-free touch after cleaning, here is a simple guide that you can work with.
Let’s dig in, shall we?
Method Ⅰ: Steam Mop
It’s a special type of mop equipment that uses steam instead of using cleaning agents like bleach, detergent, etc. which is common in a regular mop. It’s time-saving equipment that can provide great results in efforts to clean sticky tile floors as well as laminate flooring .
A steam mop works as an effective disinfectant, as the heat from the steam is enough to kill off germs and other harmful microorganisms on the floor. It works like a charm to clean sticky floors, and no further rinsing is necessary after using it. Isn’t that awesome?
The only disadvantage of using a steam mop is that it is not suitable for cleaning all types of sticky floors, especially the wooden ones. Using steam mops to clean hardwood floors and wooden floors might backfire instead. However, steam mops can be used to get sticky residue off laminate floors without much side effects.
Method Ⅱ: Ammonia
Ammonia is an amazing degreaser and is effective for removing sticky residue from tile floors. It is also a cost-friendly cleanser. A bottle of it might cost a bit high, but with the extremely low amount of it needed in every use, it can last for a long time.
It’s terrific how much dirt, wax, and the sticky residue it can remove from tile floors and vinyl floors. Cleaning kitchen floors is very effortless using ammonia as a floor cleaner. Isn’t that fascinating?
One cup of ammonia mixed with 1/2 gallon of water should clean most sticky tile floors and vinyl floors after leaving it for 5-10 minutes and mopping it up with a scrubbing sponge.
Pro Tips: Ammonia is very effective but also possesses corrosive properties, so it is recommended not to use it for regular cleaning. Instead, it should be used a couple of times a year, to get rid of the sticky residue built up over a long time.
However, like a steam mop, ammonia is also not recommended for using to clean wooden floors and extremely discouraged to use to clean hardwood floors. It’s not recommended for cleaning laminate floors too.
It has a naturally pungent smell, which is annoying since it can leave off a smell on the flooring for a long time. Although Ammonia has its setbacks, it is very effective as a glass cleaner, so it’s easy to use to clean sticky glass floors.
Method Ⅲ: White Vinegar
White vinegar works as one of the best gentle floor cleaners which can be used to clean sticky hardwood floors, wood floors, laminate flooring, tile floors, porcelain floors, etc.
It does not have corrosive properties like ammonia, so it is a pretty harmless floor cleaner. White Vinegar is a natural, non-toxic product.
White vinegar can clean, disinfect, and deodorize even the hardest floor surfaces. It’s a cost-effective, readily available, and most importantly, a safe floor cleaning ingredient that you can find very easily.
It is a very mild type of acid that functions exceptionally well in dissolving quickly grease and sticky water stains on floors. It also has a naturally fresh scent. Even the scent can be customized by adding oils with an attractive odor to the vinegar solution before cleaning.
White vinegar, A water Bucket, Water, A Broom, Mop, A scrubbing sponge or a soft Towel, etc. are the ingredients needed for cleaning.
First, we have to mop off any dry dust substances accumulated on the sticky part of the floor. It’s more important for hardwood floors as the dust may leave a stain when cleaning.
Then one cup of White vinegar should be mixed well with a gallon of water. After that, we rinse the sticky floor with a vinegar solution. Then using a scrubbing sponge, the floor should be mopped thoroughly until the stickiness is gone.
It is very effective to remove sticky residue from wooden and hardwood floors. White vinegar can remove sticky residue from laminate floors gently without and harmful after effect.
Pro Tips: The use of ammonia and vinegar is ideal for cleaning sticky residues that may be on any floor. However, if the mess is due to a simple spillage of soda, don’t bother including ammonia or vinegar. Just focus on simple cleaning methods.
Method Ⅳ: Residue-Free Cleaner
Many household cleaners might have harmful foreign substances which can leave external sticky residues. This might result in a sticky floor. To clean such floors, such household cleaners are an obstacle to get rid of sticky floors.
Even though cleaning it more might serve as a temporary solution, but residue-free cleaners are the best option to get rid of sticky floors permanently.
Not all residue-free solutions are similar in terms of ingredients. So, one needs adequate knowledge about residue chemicals to know what to avoid.
Method Ⅴ: Alkaline Cleaner
Washing soda, otherwise known as sodium carbonate or soda ash, is a powerful natural cleaning agent that softens the water. So, it is very effective to get rid of sticky residue from wood floors and all kinds of floors.
Washing soda is highly alkaline and basic with a pH of 11. It can act as a solvent and to remove sticky residue from floors like grease. It’s non-toxic and safe for the environment.
Method Ⅵ: Baking Soda
Baking soda is not only used to keep your fridge smelling fresh, but also can be used as a good floor cleaner ingredient. It’s a mild ingredient that can remove sticky stains from floors without any scratch.
To effectively get sticky residue off the floors, 1/2 cup baking soda needs to be mixed in a bucket of warm water. Then the solution can be used to mop the floor and rinse.
The outcome is a fresh and clean floor without any stickiness. Baking soda alone might not be that effective to get rid of sticky floors, but it can create wonders for a sticky floor when mixed with vinegar cleaners.
NOTE: Using mild, warm, or hot water depends mostly on how sticky the floor that you are working on is. It is also advisable to get a microfiber mop for newbies.
Method Ⅶ: Mild Detergent / Dish Soap
Mild detergent or dish soap is an amazing floor cleaner. All you need is 1 or 2 tablespoons of dish soap and a bucket of water is all that’s needed to get rid of sticky floors and get a nice, clean floor in a short time. Use the measuring cup that the detergent comes with.
After mixing the solution, now you are ready to clean your floor. Give your floor a thorough clean and ensure that you take steps in between to change the water that you are using. Some of the things that you can do include the following:
- Pay attention to all the sticky areas
- Rinse the floor after every section
- Change the water and measure the new cleaning solution
- Wring your mop as frequently as you can
Dish soap is very effective on sticky vinyl and tile floors which are very resilient. But it’s recommended not to use soap and water on wooden floors, as they may be stained by moisture.
To clean laminate floors, the manufacturer’s recommendations should be followed for cleaning. Most of the laminates contain warnings about the impacts of too much moisture.
While the above guide will give you a great start on cleaning sticky floors, there are other tips that will require simple applications. These tips include the following options.
- Scrap off any patches of dirt that can be easily scrapped
- Try cleaning simple dirt without applying chemical cleaners
- Start by vacuuming your wooden floor before cleaning
- Follow the user manual on every cleaning detergent that you use
Frequently Asked Questions
- Cleaned my floor but why it is still sticky?
Using the wrong cleaning solution can be the issue here. While normal cleaning may be enough for simple residue, some stain needs special cleaning solutions/chemicals.
- Used the right floor cleaning solution, still the floor gummy?
Too much cleaning solution might be the problem here. Too much cleaner creates a soapy residue that makes the floor feel sticky.
- How many cleaners to use?
Try to follow the instructions on the label as various products have different usage and recommendation.
- Any easy way to prevent the sticky floor?
Steam mops are the best cleaning equipment for the floor. With a good steam mop, you can easily avoid gummy floor problems.
A clean floor is a very important part of a comfortable home. It is a great way of making your space an ideal portion where the fun stops. Even so, you need to learn how to tackle every cleaning challenge that comes your way.
Learning how to clean sticky floors, especially after a party will give you a great stride if you love to get together. Nonetheless, understanding the methods will help you to control germs too. You will kill the pathogen and remain with one of the safest homes for your loved ones.
So, which method you think is more effective and which one you will try first to clean your sticky floor? Comment below. I’d really like to hear from you and I’d really appreciate if you leave your thoughtful comments here.
Have a great day!
Stay Clean, stay Safe!