Vinyl floors are often called "linoleum," but they are two different materials.
Vinyl is synthetic. Linoleum, a blend of natural products such as linseed oil, 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.
Now that you know the linoleum basics, here's the routine for cleaning linoleum floors safely.
Keeping linoleum really 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.
Here's the optimal routine for cleaning linoleum floors:
Areas that get heavy use should be stripped and rewaxed as needed. For heavy-wear areas, you may need to wax once a month.