Simple, Time-Honored Tips for Cleaning Your Linoleum Floors

August 31, 2016 | western

Durable and inexpensive, linoleum is an easy choice when it comes to flooring. Despite it being hard wearing, linoleum, which is made from solidified linseed oil and other components, looks best with a little maintenance and a touch of elbow grease. Here are a few ways to keep your linoleum floors looking brand new and squeaky clean:

  • First, sweep or vacuum your floors to remove any loose dirt or debris.
  • For everyday cleanings, fill a bucket with warm water and a linoleum-safe cleaner. Mop your floors in small sections, being careful not to oversaturate the flooring. Rinse and dry ASAP.
  • For deep cleaning, combine hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to form a paste (thin to the desired consistency). Use a soft-bristle brush to gently massage the mixture into your floors (this is one job best done on your hands and knees!), then wipe it up with a damp cloth. The baking soda is abrasive, yet gentle enough so that it won't scratch your floors. (Borax can be used as an alternative to baking soda.)
  • For tougher jobs where dirt is embedded in the linoleum's grooves, swap the cloth for a magic eraser to tackle the grime. WD40 or baby oil can be used to remove tough scuffs.

Deep Clean Your Linoleum [The DIY Guinea Pig]
How to Clean Linoleum Floors [Bob Vila]

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