cleaning kitchen floors:
Products & tools that work

Kitchen floors are a potluck of dirt, grunge, and grime. Cleaning kitchen floors, and keeping today's fabulous flooring materials - linoleum, vinyl, and hardwood - sparkling like new requires a special cleaning regimen. 

Using the right cleaners for the job is critical in keeping these specialty surfaces shining safely.

But which cleaning products and tools are right for your floors?

Here are my recommended products and tools for cleaning kitchen floors by surface type.

Cleaning Kitchen Floors: Linoleum

Keeping linoleum really clean requires 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's ground in.

To keep linoleum shiny and lustrous, each year apply a wax such as carnauba paste wax to seal and protect the surface. For heavy wear areas, you may need to wax once a month.

These tools and products are up for the dirty jobs on linoleum floors:

Vinyl Floor Cleaning

Vinyl floors require regular sweeping and damp mopping with water for general cleaning. But for those grimy jobs, a specialty cleaner will provide more uniform cleaning and drying:

Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tools & Products

Whether yours are oak, maple, ash, or beech, cleaning them is as safe and simple as it gets: Once-a-week cleaning with a broom vacuum or dust mop is all most hardwood floors require. If your floors get a lot of use and they don't have a urethane finish, damp-mop weekly with a neutral-pH wood cleaning product:

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