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