Linoleum made its first appearance in the marketplace in the 1860s, and although the popularity of this durable, environmentally friendly, hypoallergenic product has fluctuated over the years, it can be found in many homes and businesses around the country today. With proper care and maintenance, a linoleum floor can withstand decades of use, while the endless variety of colors and patterns make it suitable for every room in your home. Enhance the beauty and longevity of this versatile material with these tips from Molly Maid, for the best way to clean linoleum floors.
What is Linoleum?
Although many people use the terms linoleum and vinyl interchangeably, the two products are vastly different in composition and performance. The key ingredient in linoleum is linseed oil, and once it has been allowed to oxidize other materials such as pine resin, wood flour, or ground cork dust are added to make the finished product. This mixture is applied to a canvas or jute backing, and sheets or tiles are formed for commercial and residential use.
The Benefits of Linoleum Flooring
In addition to its exceptionally long lifespan, linoleum has a host of additional benefits, including:
Natural cushioning provides the perfect blend of give and support, unlike ceramic or stone tiles which can be hard on the back and joints.
Due to the unique manufacturing process, the color and patterning are present throughout the thickness of the material, making wear less evident. Minor scratches or gouges are less visible and can be repaired with careful buffing and refinishing.
- Water Resistance
While excessive moisture can cause damage to your linoleum, it is resistant to water under normal everyday circumstances, unlike wood or laminate flooring.
- Eco Rating
Linoleum is non-toxic, containing no VOCs. It is recyclable and biodegradable, making it one of the most, eco-friendly flooring options on the market.
How to Clean Linoleum Floors
Prolong the life of your linoleum floor and keep it looking like new with these tips:
- Use a dry, microfiber mop to remove dust and debris in high traffic areas on a daily basis.
- Once a week, use a soft-bristled broom or vacuum cleaner attachment to remove dirt and debris.
- Damp mop the floor using a solution of one gallon of hot water, one cup of vinegar, and a few drops of dish soap.
- Dump out the mixture and refill your sink or bucket with clean water.
- Mop the floor again using the clean, damp mop to remove any residue.
- Allow floor to dry thoroughly before using, ensuring there is no standing water on the surface.
Once or twice a year, a deeper cleaning is needed to remove dirt that has become embedded in the surface and restore the natural beauty. The best way to clean linoleum floors on an annual or bi-annual basis involves a series of steps and the following materials:
- Vacuum cleaner
- Soft-bristled brush
- Microfiber mop
- Hot water
- Baking soda
- Mild dish soap
- Old towels
Step by step instructions include:
- Sweep or vacuum loose debris.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the floor.
- Mix one gallon of hot water, one cup of vinegar, and a few drops of dish soap.
- Mop the floor with the mixture, using the scrub brush to remove stubborn dirt, or in high traffic areas.
- Once the entire floor has been cleaned, mop once more using clean water to remove any traces of baking soda or soap residue.
- Dry the floors completely using old towels.
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