One of the most popular flooring these days is linoleum. It’s no surprise – its cheaper than other flooring materials, offers many designs, easy to customize, and best of all, low-maintenance. Nonetheless, there is still some cleaning required. Here’s how to keep them shiny and clean all-year round:
When it comes to your kitchen flooring, it’s best to maintain a regular schedule. I suggest you do the following on a daily basis because the kitchen is a high-traffic area:
- Mix a few drops of dish soap or your favorite cleaning solution from the grocery with a gallon of water. Some people swear by apple cider vinegar with 5% acidity because it causes no damage and brings out the shine of the linoleum.
- Use the mixture above to mop the floor, taking care to remove all excess water.
- Mop the floor with clean hot water to remove the soapy residue.
- Sop up excess water with old but clean towels.
- Every now and then, vacuum hard-to-reach areas to remove dirt that has accumulated.
If you live alone or the kitchen is hardly used, then you can space your cleaning farther apart. What is important is that you clean on a regular basis.
Depending on the amount of traffic, your linoleum will have to be thoroughly cleaned at least once a year to remove dirt stuck in the grooves or design. You follow the steps above except you use a nylon bristle scrub brush when applying the cleaning solution. Get into those niches and scrub away the dirt. You can do this quarterly if you have the time so that dirt will not pile up.
The constant flow of traffic in your kitchen will eventually dull down the shine in your linoleum flooring. To restore the shine, pour ammonia in the floor and scrub with a nylon brush. Rinse off the ammonia with hot water, then wipe away with clean towels. Spread some floor wax evenly, and let dry. Wash your floor a day later.
Aside from regular cleaning, there are other tips you can follow so that your linoleum flooring will remain shiny and clean:
- Dirt and grit can scratch the linoleum and dull its finish. Prevent these from coming in by placing doormats in every entrance.
- If you like having plants in your kitchen, protect the floor by placing a water catcher underneath your pots. Clean these protections regularly, and move the plants around.
- Avoid rubber-backed rugs or mats. If you must, stick felt pads underneath them and also under furniture legs.
- Wipe spills and liquids immediately.
- Allow sunlight in the kitchen to prevent linoleum from yellowing.
- Use natural ingredients whenever possible. They have less harmful chemicals in them. They are also cheaper since most of the cleaning ingredients are already part of your pantry staples.
Linoleum flooring are difficult to install, so its advisable to let the professionals do it. You might be shocked with their bill, but the initial costs will be worth it in the long run. If installed correctly, they will lasts for decades. Most of all, they require minimal care and maintenance.