Cleaning Soda Pop from Tile

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated May 8, 2017)

Have you ever stopped to think about how much tile you have in your home? Chances are you have some in your bathroom, possibly even the kitchen, usually on the floor. Another common location that you can find tile is on the counter tops in those same rooms. One of the more common types of problems you can find with your tiled surface is the sticky residue that soda pop leaves behind. Good thing that cleaning soda pop from tile isn't all that difficult.

  1. Wipe it up. As soon as you notice that there is any spilled soda pop, or first notice the dried sticky residue, you need to try and wipe it up. Often times, simply using a warm soapy dish rag can be all that you need to clean up the sticky mess. In addition, you can also use a mixture of white vinegar and water to help ensure that the soda pop is removed.
  2. Use some floor cleaner. If you are not able to clean the soda pop from tile by using a dish rag and soap alone, you may need to use some extra strength cleaners. Whether you are dealing with tile floors or counters, you can use tile floor cleaner to help get your tile nice and clean. Simply use your preferred brand, and read and follow the directions to get the tile nice and clean.
  3. Scrub the area. To truly ensure that you have the tile nice and clean, wipe down the area using a mixture of ammonia and water. Your mixture ratio should be around 25 percent (or less) ammonia to 75 percent (or more) of water. Using this mixture will help ensure that the surface is sanitary, and free from any bacteria or other nasty things you don't want to have to deal with.
  4. Wipe it down again. Once you have finished scrubbing and sanitizing the area, you need to do wipe it down once again. This time though all you need to do is simply use a washcloth that has nothing on it other than warm water. This is in effect rinsing the surface off, and removing any trace amounts of ammonia that may remain.

While this method should work easily, there are some times when you can find yourself faced with a soda pop problem you simply can't get up all that easily. In such situations, you may want to try alternate methods such as using a squeegee, or even a steam cleaner to do the job. In really rare situations you may want to use a scrubbing pad. Be careful if you do that though, since you can potentially damage the tiles more than you end up cleaning them.

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