Best Way to Clean a Bathroom Floor 2022

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With everything that goes on in a bathroom, cleaning the floor regularly is a must. But what’s the best way to do that?

There are a few methods you can take to disinfect your floors and keep them in excellent condition – although disinfecting floors isn’t always necessary.

The best way to clean a bathroom floor is with a steam mop. Steam mops are great at lifting dirt and disinfecting. They are safe for vinyl, linoleum, ceramic, and porcelain tile. However, you won’t want to use a steam cleaner on glued-down vinyl tiles or natural stone. 

How to Clean a Bathroom Floor with a Steam Mop

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To clean a bathroom floor with a steam mop, fill the cleaner’s reservoir tank with water, put it back in place, and turn the steam mop on. Also, be sure your mop has a fresh mop pad on it.

Once steam starts to come out of the mop, mop your floors in even strokes. You can run your mop back over problem areas to lift stuck-on dirt.

Slim steam mops like Bissell’s PowerFresh line or Shark’s Genius Steam Pocket Mop are excellent choices for bathrooms since they can easily maneuver around toilets and cabinets.

When using a steam mop, you don’t need any extra cleaner – all you need is distilled water.

However, no worries if you don’t have a steam mop and have no interest in getting one. There are still other great ways to clean a bathroom floor.

How to Clean a Linoleum Bathroom Floor

Linoleum is one of the most durable flooring materials. While you have to be careful with cleaners you put on wood or natural stone, that’s not the case with linoleum – you are free to choose whichever cleaner is your favorite.

For an everyday clean, consider a gentle all-purpose cleaner like Mrs. Meyers or Pine-Sol.

To disinfect your floor, mop it with a product such as Lysol Clean & Fresh. Just remember that to disinfect, you need to leave the solution on your floors for six minutes. Afterward, you can rinse off with water and a fresh mop pad.

How to Clean Bathroom Floor Tiles

To clean bathroom floor tiles, start by thoroughly sweeping the floor. 

Now, mix up a mopping solution based on the type of tile. For example, ceramic and porcelain tiles are very durable and can handle most types of mopping solutions. So, in this case, grab your favorite multi-purpose cleaner, disinfecting cleaner, or make a homemade mopping solution.

If the tile in your bathroom is a natural stone, you’ll need to use a pH-neutral cleaner. You can make your own by mixing a little bit of dish soap with warm water.

Now, saturate your mophead with the mopping solution and use gentle even strokes to mop your floor. Rinse your mop head as needed.

After you’ve mopped the floor, go over the grout lines with a soft-bristled scrub brush and dish soap mixed with water, if desired.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do you clean a bathroom floor without a mop?

If you don’t have a mop, you can still clean your bathroom floor. Start by giving the floor a thorough sweep. Next, put on a pair of rubber gloves. Now use a microfiber cloth or cleaning rag soaked in mopping solution to wipe down the floor. Scrub when necessary. Go back over the floor with a fresh cloth to dry it.

How do I get gunk off my bathroom floor?

If your bathroom floor has gunky spots on it, start by wetting those areas with hot water. Allow the water to sit for five minutes and then scrape the gunk with a plastic scraper or the back of a butter knife. (Just be careful not to scratch up your floor.) Next, take a soft-bristled brush and a dab of dish soap and scrub off the remaining gunk. Rinse and wipe dry when finished.

Can I use bleach to clean my bathroom floor?

There are safer products than bleach to use on your bathroom floor. For instance, Lysol and Pine-Sol have disinfecting properties but don’t lighten a floor as bleach does. If you’re insistent on cleaning with bleach, make sure it’s adequately diluted.


The best way to clean a bathroom floor is with a steam mop. Steam mops not only disinfect but they loosen and lift stuck-on dirt. In addition, most of the current steam mop models are very slim, making them perfect for maneuvering around toilets and cabinets.

If you don’t have a steam mop, you can still mop your bathroom floors with a microfiber mop and appropriate mopping solution. To disinfect, use a product like Pine-Sol original or Lysol and let it sit undiluted for 6-10 minutes before rinsing it off.

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Katie Barton lives with her husband and three daughters in an 1800’s style log cabin in southern Ohio. She thinks cleaning is relaxing and is considered the organizing go-to person by her family and friends. She runs the blog Cabin Lane where she shares about cleaning, decluttering, and minimalism. See full biography here.

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