How to Clean Linoleum and Vinyl Floors - dummies

How to Clean Linoleum and Vinyl Floors

By Gill Chilton

Cleaning linoleum and vinyl floors is an easy process, in spite of being made from different materials they are always cleaned in the same way. The difference between linoleum and vinyl is that vinyl is totally man-made whereas linoleum is made from natural fibres. Both make waterproof, hard-wearing surfaces for the wet rooms in your home.

To clean either surface, follow these steps:

  1. Vacuum or sweep to pick up grit.

  2. Use your favourite floor cleaner, a detergent diluted to instructions, or a homemade multi-purpose cleaner.

    Go easy on the water by wringing thoroughly before you put your mop onto the floor.

    Use two buckets – one with cleaning solution, one with plain water. Keep your bucket of detergent solution fresh and make it last the entire floor by dunking the mop in the plain-water bucket after every sweep of the floor, wringing it out, then dipping it back into the soapy water.

  3. Rinse thoroughly by mopping the floor with clean water.

    Again, take care not to get the floor overly wet.

Twice a year, get up a glossy finish by coating the floor with a water-based polish designed for vinyl or linoleum.