A Guide in Cleaning Linoluem Floors

A Manual for Cleaning Linoleum Floors

This venerable flooring material has made a comeback in the United States, after being out of production here for several decades. It’s often confused with vinyl, but linoleum is made from natural ingredients (including cork, limestone, wood, flour, resin, linseed oil, and jute). Linoleum can be waxed with a product designed specifically to give it shine and make it easier to clean.

Cleaning Solution for unwaxed linoluem, use a PH-neutral all-purpose cleaner and warm water. Never use strongly alkaline cleaners, such as ammonia, on linoleum or alkaline wax strippers. Both can damage and discolor it based on the Cleaning Linoluem Floors guide of Maidsway.

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.


Cleaning your linoleum floors doesn’t have to cost a bundle. You can achieve surprising results without resorting to harsh chemicals and pricey cleaners. Mix and match the recipes until you discover the perfect solution for your home.

There are several other concoctions online. The possibilities are endless. Just make sure you know what you’re mixing, as some ingredients are toxic when combined.

Do you have a go-to DIY floor cleaner? If so, spread the knowledge by sharing your recipe with the rest of us in the comments below.

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A Manual for Cleaning Linoleum Floors