Linoleum flooring is back in vogue because of its green nature. However, before cleaning you sheet flooring you need to know if it is vinyl or true linoleum. The cleaning methods are different. This is a guide about cleaning linoleum floors.
When I moved into an older home a year ago, I noticed the old kitchen and entry way floors were dirty. What I didn't know is that dirt was ground into the flooring and no amount of mopping would clean it. I've tried everything and been frustrated and almost given up. Until . . .
I was shampooing my carpets a few weeks ago. I thought maybe the scrubbers on my carpet machine would clean the kitchen floor. It cleaned well enough but I thought it could be better so I grabbed the old standby, baking soda. I sprinkled the soda on the floor and then cleaned it with my Bissell. OMG, finally clean floors! YAY!
I've also found to maintain the cleanliness of the linoleum floors, I use a drop of Dawn dish soap and a half a cup of baking soda in hot mop water and it's clean and beautiful.
By Dana from Katy, TX
I will try that! I have old floors too. White, no less. I have to use a steam cleaner on my hands and knees for hours to get it close to white again. I will try your Dawn and baking soda idea.
Until now I have been using Lysol bathtub cleaner (the kind that foams) & scrubbing-but this sounds great! Thanks for sharing.
Please note that baking soda is alkaline, and thus is not recommended for linoleum. In time it will harden and dry the floors which may cause them to crumble.
By far the most effective thing to do is wet the floor and sprinkle baking soda over it. Wait 15 minutes. Then scrub with a brush and wipe dry. Mop off the residue with water.
I have an old linoleum floor in the bathroom with grayish stains in most walked on areas. I clean the floor with white vinegar/water solution which does not get the stain out. What can I use to get this stain out? It is about a 30 yr old floor.
I sprayed Dow Scrubbing Bubbles on it, and that got up quite a bit of the stain. My next thing was going to be chlorine (White wall tire cleaner; which btw, works great on white athletic shoes. Also, someone said a product called Rejuvenate would be good choice; found at Home Depot or Amazon. So, I'm good to go for a bit! Thanks to all!
Can anyone suggest a solution for cleaning bathroom linoleum? We moved into a rental house that had a leaky toilet (now replaced) and have pee stains all around it. We have tried everything we could think of but the stain has gone into the texture it looks like. Would appreciate any help you can give. Can't afford to replace it at this time.
Thank you so much,
patsAZ from Arizona
i moved into a rental apartment once that had contact paper on the floor. i was amazed how long it lasted, even w/ my 2 teen sons, my mom and me. wash and wax it just like linoleum
Did you know that you can paint linoleum flooring? You may want to consider that option. I guess you'd need to use the paint used to paint porch floors. I dont think there is any way to remove the stain.
Have you thought about covering it with a bathmat?
Best of luck
Thank you all for your help and information. I do think it is just a lost cause. lol patsAZ
My daughter was using coloured paper and left it on the linoleum floor and the dog wet it. Now the dyes are all over the linoleum. I have tried bleach and Handy Andy, also meths, but to no results. Please help as I'm in a rental.
By Donna from Australia
I have used WD-40 to get black scuff marks off my linoleum, it might work on the dye.
Try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
Try hydrogen peroxide and a drop or two of dawn dish soap.
I would like to know a natural homemade cleaner or household product that is a neutral cleaner that I can use for my linoleum floor. I want to make sure I'm using something that won't strip the finish. Yet, I don't want to have to use a commercial product with all the harmful chemicals. I read in one place to use club soda, but I don't know if it is neutral
Peggy Rose from Fremont, CA
I use a solution of 50/50 white vinegar & water on my linoleum. It cleans well, destroys bacteria, helps with odors and doesn't strip the finish.
I only use vinegar and water. I don't even measure it. I fill the sink or bucket half way with water and pour in around a half cup of vinegar. It doesn't smell so good at first but the results are wonderful. I've been cleaning floor like this for over twenty years. I get compliments from family and friends about how clean my floor looks. In between cleaning I use baby wipes for spills. If there is ever a mark,like from shoes I might sprinkle a little bar keeper's friend on a baby wipe. It works every time!
I also use vinegar and water. It works well and the smell disappears once the floor is dry.
I have flooring in my basement that was installed, I think, in the early 70s. I do not know if it is vinyl or linoleum. It is adhered to concrete in sheets and it has a pebble type design with mostly black, gray, and tan colors. I like the look of it, but have never wet cleaned or shined it. It has light and dark stains on it in various places. How can I figure out if it is vinyl or linoleum? What should I use to clean it? Is there a product I could use to shine it without using the old-fashioned wax or polish?
One way to clean stains is by using a shop-vac. No, you cannot just suck out the stain, but you can over and over again wash and rinse the area, and suck out the solution every time.
I have either a linoleum or vinyl floor. The shine is gone and dirt is embedded in the tile. The only way I can get the floor clean and white is by using a magic eraser and cleaner. Is there anything I can do to bring back the shine?
By Theresa from Monroe, MI
You could go to a big box store and buy floor polish products made to clean dull vinyl floors. Armstrong is one brand that is applied with a spongrmop. Cost is about $12 bucks.
I have dark colored linoleum tiles. Any suggestions for cleaning these that would not cause them to become "unstuck" to the floor would greatly be appreciated.
Michelle from Tennessee
Mop with a wrung out mop.
I live in an old flat in a large city and would like to know how I can clean the old, fake wood linoleum (roll type) that is on the floors? Anyone have any idea of how to get all the grime off? I would so appreciate knowing. I have been waxing it for years and need to strip it clean and start again. Thank you.
By Lisingreece from Greece
You can try good old Comet cleanser and a scrub brush. When it's completely dry, apply a coat or two of Mop and Glow. I have used this approach a number of times. It takes some amount of elbow grease but works very well. One thing to remember is not to use a floor cleaner after doing this or the shine will be gone. I just use warm water to wipe up spills until it needs another "treatment". Knee pads are a must! (09/23/2009)
Heavens, it's probably better to ask your landlord to replace it. We replaced our own in the kitchen. (09/23/2009)
Use a floor polisher (with a sealed bottom). Simply pour pure ammonia on the linoleum, turn the polisher loose in the liquid, and mop it off. Be sure to open windows and remove plants or fish that could be affected by the fumes. Works like a charm! (09/23/2009)
Thank you all for your help and advice. Landlords over here do nothing for their tenants, so no use to ask her to put in new linoleum! But will try the other suggestions. (09/24/2009)
Sometimes if there is a very, very large amount of wax buildup, ammonia (even straight) won't work. You can go to a janitorial supply store and ask for wax stripper. Amazingly it is even better than ammonia. Just follow directions. I had that problem once, and when straight ammonia didn't work (and it always had in the past), my friend who owned a janitorial supply shop suggested the wax stripper. I used it straight and had to use rubber gloves and apply it to a small area (2-3 feet square) at a time. It was amazing how well the stripper worked. (09/24/2009)
I am looking for tips on cleaning a dirty linoleum floor that has not been washed properly in a long time.
I have linoleum throughout my house (great with my pets!). What is the best way to keep clean/mop, etc. Any tips appreciated!
Microfiber Cloths on the end of a swiffer mop instead of forking out for the swiffer cloths time and time again as the Microfiber cloths are about a dollar each and can be washed over and over... Picks up hair, dust, small crumbs and gets rid of the sweeping dust line that brooms leave behind
Good Luck! (03/11/2005)
Mop with a solution of 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water. This is will cut most dirt and also aid in any pet odors that may be lurking. I have Pergo type flooring through out my house and this is all I use. Plus I have a shedding dog that sometimes has accidents. (03/11/2005)
The microfiber cloths can be purchased at the Dollar Tree. They also have packages of "Swiffer"-like cloths I think there's 20 in a package, wrapped in cellophane, not a box. (03/20/2005)
By Nonna Mar