While linoleum flooring is durable and sturdy, you need to ensure that you clean it correctly. If you do not clean your linoleum flooring correctly, you will decrease the lifespan of the floor. Flooring which has been maintained and cleaned correctly can last up to 50 years.
Remove Excess Dirt
The first step to cleaning your floors is to remove any excess dirt. To do this you should vacuum, sweep or dust mop the floors. This will remove all of the excess dirt from the surface of the floor which can cause wear. It is recommended that you focus on the areas that collect dirt such as under appliances, cupboards and cabinets. If you are going to be using a vacuum when you do this, you need to ensure that you are using the hard surface setting and not the carpet setting.
Mixing A Cleaning Solution
Most people will use a chemical cleaning solution on their linoleum flooring, but you should consider a more natural one. A good natural cleaner is white vinegar and you can mix equal parts vinegar and water to make a cleaning solution. When you create the mixture, you should not create an entire bucket full because this type of flooring will generally not need this much cleaning solution.
If you do not want to try the natural cleaning solution, you should look for cleaning products that are specifically created for linoleum. These products can generally be found in most flooring and home department shops. These products will also need to be diluted in water and you should follow the instructions on the product when doing this.
Mopping The Floor
When you mop the floor, you need to ensure that you thoroughly wring out any excess solution. The mop should be damp instead of dripping wet. If you want to clean your floors more thoroughly, you should consider using a soft bristled brush instead of a mop. This method may require you to clean the floor on your hands and knees.
If you are going to use a natural solution for cleaning the floor, you will not have to rinse it off. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and the solution will evaporate without leaving behind a vinegar smell. Chemical solutions will generally have to be rinsed from the floor to ensure that they do not damage the linoleum or leave any chemical smells.