tips for cleaning linoleum floors

Vinyl floors are often called "linoleum," but they are two different materials.

Tips for cleaning linoleum floors

Vinyl is synthetic. Linoleum, a blend of natural products such as limestone, resins, and wood powder, is more like a wood floor than vinyl.

Linoleum is very durable, burn-resistant, and allergen-free. It's more durable than vinyl and not as prone to indentations.

And it's available in many patterns and colors, making it a good choice for family rooms or playrooms.

Here's the full routine for cleaning linoleum floors safely. 

Cleaning Linoleum Floors

Here's the optimal routine for cleaning linoleum floors:

  • Sweep or vacuum linoleum floors regularly.
  • Damp-mop with cool water and a mild dishwashing detergent for daily cleaning. Apply a capful of baby oil to the mop to make no-wax floors shiny. (To save time, I sometimes pour the solution into a spray bottle, squirt just the areas that need cleaning, and then damp-mop.)
  • If your linoleum floor is excessively dirty, use the cleaning agent the manufacturer recommends.
  • Keep water away from seams and edges to prevent loosening.
  • Allow the floor to air-dry before walking on it.
To keep linoleum floors shiny and lustrous, each year apply a wax such as carnauba paste wax to seal ad protect the surface.

Areas that get heavy use should be stripped and rewaxed as needed. For heavy-wear areas, you may need to wax once a month. 

Linoleum Floor Cleaning Don'ts:

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

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