How to Clean Floors With Bleach

Chlorine bleach is used for cleaning floors in a number of situations. Clean-up from flooding and biologically infected surfaces are two of the most critical. Everyday applications include cleaning and disinfecting floors at home. Linoleum, tile, vinyl and concrete floors can be cleaned on a regular basis with chlorine bleach. Hardwood floors can be spot-cleaned or cleaned entirely and disinfected with chlorine bleach if they are contaminated with mold or mildew. Bleach will damage hardwood floors when used in a strong-enough solution to kill bacteria. Hardwood floors should not be cleaned on a regular basis with bleach.

Regular Cleaning

Step 1

Clean linoleum, tile, vinyl or concrete floors by removing all movable furniture from the floor and sweeping it thoroughly with a broom to remove debris.

Step 2

Mix a solution of one part bleach to one part of warm water or 1 cup of bleach to 1 cup of warm water in the quantity you need.

Step 3

Scrub the perimeter of the floor with a long-handled, soft-bristled brush, taking care not to get the bleach solution on the baseboard or the legs of any remaining furniture.

Step 4

Wring out the mop so that it is wet but not soaked and mop the center of the floor in long, smooth strokes. Allow the bleach solution to remain on the floor for five minutes.

Step 5

Mop the floor with clear water.

Step 6

Clean the garage floor regularly with a solution of 1/2 to 1 cup of liquid household bleach to a gallon of water to prevent odors and buildup of grease and oil.

Flood, Contamination, Mold/Mildew

Step 1

Clean linoleum, tile, vinyl or concrete floors by removing all movable furniture from the floor and sweeping it thoroughly with a broom to remove debris.

Step 2

Mix a solution of one part bleach to one part of warm water or 1 cup of bleach to 1 cup of warm water in the quantity you need.

Step 3

Scrub the perimeter of the floor with a long-handled, soft-bristled brush, taking care not to get the bleach solution on the baseboard or the legs of any remaining furniture.

Step 4

Wring out the mop so that it is wet but not soaked and mop the center of the floor in long, smooth strokes. Allow the bleach solution to remain on the floor for 15 minutes to kill bacteria.

Step 5

Wet a mop with clear water and mop the floor. Dry the floor with a dry mop, thoroughly wrung out.