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tips for cleaning linoleum floors

Keeping linoleum floors clean requires little more than regular damp-mopping (use very little water, which can make the surface brittle) or dry dust-mopping to rid the surface of grit and dust before it is ground in.

Each week, deep clean with a neutral pH cleaner, such as a little dishwashing detergent dissolved in lukewarm water.

As part of your cleaning routine, you'll also want to:

  • Sweep or vacuum regularly.
  • Damp-mop with cool water and a mild dish-washing detergent for daily cleaning. Apply a capful of baby oil to the mop to make it shiny. (To save time, I sometimes pour the solution into a spray bottle, squirt just the areas that need cleaning, and then damp-mop.)
  • Allow to air-dry before walking on it.

bringing out the shine on linoleum floors.

To keep linoleum shiny and lustrous, each year apply a polishing wax such as carnauba wax to seal and protect the surface. Areas of your linoleum that get heavy use should be stripped and rewaxed as needed. For heavy wear areas, you may need to wax once a month.

what not to use when cleaning linoleum floors.

  • Hot water
  • Strong soaps
  • Solvents
  • Anything abrasive.

Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the linoleum floor cleaning products and tools you'll need to get started.



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