Simple Tips To Cleaning Linoleum Floors
Linoleum floors can be found in many homes as they are cost effective and fairly easy to maintain. While they are durable enough, finding a cleaner can be difficult. Not to be confused with vinyl flooring, linoleum is not as indestructible as vinyl, so you need to be careful about what cleaners you use on them. When purchasing a commercial floor care product, check the instructions first to make sure it is safe for linoleum floors. Typically manufacturers recommend a totally synthetic neutral floor cleaner. Neutral floor cleaners have a balanced pH and aren’t comprised of soaps. Rather a synthetic chemical composition that is safe to use, free rinsing that won’t leave a soap film or haze on the floor. If you find yourself without this type of floor cleaner, you could substitute with a very mild dish soap detergent for a quick fix.
Use a vacuum set on the hard floor setting to remove all loose surface dirt. Any dirt mixed with the mop water will just result in a tougher cleaning task creating a “sand paper effect” on the floor scratching and leaving a muddy or dirty cloud film. Be sure to concentrate on areas where dirt can really accumulate, like corners and under cabinets and appliances. If you choose to sweep the floor, make sure to use an angled, soft nylon broom as a straw broom will scratch the linoleum.
Add your neutral floor cleaner to a bucket of cold or warm water and prepare according to directions. Do not use hot water. Use a soft, self-wringing twist mop and make sure to wring it out thoroughly to avoid soaking the floor. Mop small sections of the floor using overlapping motions ensuring you clean all the surface of the floor. If you are using mild dish soap, add 6 or 7 drops of soap to a gallon of warm water. Mop small sections at a time and when the floor has been completely cleaned, empty the bucket and fill it with clean, warm water. Finish by mopping sections of the floor with the fresh water to remove any soap residue.
Use some old towels to dry the floor. The grooves in linoleum will quickly absorb excess water resulting in a dingy look, and if it gets under corners and edges, it can cause them to curl up. This is why it is important not to drench the floors and to dry any excess water left after cleaning.
Hydrogen peroxide can be effective removing organic stains like blood and urine. For a stain that is not too deep, simply wipe it away with a clean cloth and hydrogen peroxide. For set-in stains, soak a clean cloth with peroxide, lay it over the stain and weight it down with something heavy. Check on the cloth periodically and replace it with a fresh one when it starts to look dirty. Continue to do this until the stain is gone.
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers Extra Power Cleaning Pads can be very effective removing a myriad of stains in your home, including those on your linoleum floor. Simply dampen it and wipe the stain away. A quick tip would be not to apply too much pressure as while these Mr. Clean Magic Erasers clean well, they are also somewhat aggressive in nature.
While many homeowners would prefer granite or ceramic tile over linoleum, it is inexpensive, and based on your budget, may be the only option. Following these simple steps will help ensure that it holds up and looks great for a long time.
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