Linoleum made its first appearance in the marketplace in the s, 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.
If your linoleum or vinyl floor remains dirty even after a thorough scrub then it's time to strip and wax. Head to a local janitorial supply company for a bottle of eco-friendly floor stripper, a jug of non-yellowing wax and a nylon scrub brush. Open the windows and turn on the fan.
Waxed floors such as linoleum or vinyl can flake or become yellow due to age or too many layers of wax. Even freshly-washed and waxed floors can look dull or yellow if there are too many layers of wax underneath. You can strip the old wax from the floor without the need for harsh, commercial wax-stripping chemicals.
Linoleum is the material of choice for flooring when you are on a tight budget but still wish to have flooring that is stylish and up to date. Linoleum floors are very easy to install, clean, and will last a long time when properly taken care of. Dirt and grime always can find a way to penetrate the protective wax coating on top of the linoleum flooring.
Mary asked: How do I remove wax build up from vinyl flooring? My vinyl flooring is about 20 years old, and the wax is built up. The vinyl is looking yellow.
Linoleum is a tough, low-maintenance resilient flooring material. It is also an eco-friendly flooring material, since it is made of natural substances, including linseed oil, cork and wood dust, and limestone particles. However, it is not as durable as some similar surface covering options, such as vinyl.
One of the most frustrating home remodeling tasks is trying to remove an old linoleum or vinyl floor. Even when the linoleum is pulled off, things only get worse. Now you're faced with gobs of old glue or adhesive that seem harder than meteorites all over the floor.
Diluted household ammonia works great for removing wax buildup, as well as dirt and grime, on vinyl or linoleum floors. Apply the ammonia to the floor with a sponge mop and allow it to work for a couple of minutes. Scrub the floor to remove the softened layers of wax, then rinse with clean water. Also, NEVER under any circumstances mix ammonia with bleach or any cleaning product that contains bleach, as the combination of bleach and ammonia can produce poisonous chlorine gas.
Removing an old linoleum floor is not as easy as laying a new one. One workaround is to lay the new floor directly over the old one. If this isn't an option, get ready to do a lot of crawling around.