The vinyl floors in my kitchen are original to the house, which is an older home, and are over 40 years old, but I don't mind them since it is so easy to clean old linoleum and make it look like new!
Even with routine
The Best Way to Clean Linoleum Floors
My kitchen floor seems to be a magnet for crumbs (3 sons and 3 dogs over the years) but no matter where your vinyl flooring is in your home, you'll want to start the regular
I like to use a rubber broom rather than a traditional broom. It doesn't scratch the surface and you can even give the broom a static electricity type charge and it will pull stray hairs off the floor. This is an especially helpful tool for pet owners.
After sweeping the floor I like to use a small handheld whisk broom to get any remaining dirt out of the corners and small spaces where the larger rubber broom can’t reach.
Sweep all of the dirt into a dust pan and discard.
Next, I use a Swiffer sweeper (dry mop) on the floor to get the last of the dust and dirt.
Since I’ll be using a product to “shine” the floor as well I want to be sure to pick up as much loose dirt as possible from the surface so that I start with clean floors. This step is necessary so that a noticeable shine, similar to that of a fresh coat of wax, can be achieved resulting in what looks like a new floor.
Now that the vinyl tile is properly prepped we'll move on to the next step.
Fill a large bucket with approximately one gallon of warm water.
To the gallon of water I add whatever cleaning solution product I have on hand following the directions on the label for diluting the product appropriately.
My favorite is Mr. Clean .
*A cup of white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or a dash of dish soap can be used as an alternative and added to plain water.
Even if the label on the cleaner indicates that rinsing is not necessary I always do! After
Dump the dirty water, rinse out your bucket and start with fresh, warm water. It's important to thoroughly rinse the sponge mop before rinsing the floor.
The floor above is clean but not shiny….yet!
Go over the entire floor with the fresh warm water.
Allow the floor to dry.
How To Get Your Linoleum Floor to Shine
Dump the bucket and thoroughly rinse out the mop. You don't want a wet mop, but a damp one.
Get a fresh bucket of warm clean water and let's start the shining process.
My first choice for floor wax is no longer available 🙁 but a close second, and the one I’ve been using lately is Holloway House Quick Shine, which is a gentle cleaner that provides the perfect amount of shine.
I've tried several products and this is my favorite as it gives the best results without the use of harsh chemicals.
Squirt the Quick Shine on the floor working in small sections covering about a 3 foot by 3 foot square.
Then use a damp mop to spread the Quick Shine over the area evenly. A long handled mop head fitted with a washable chenille pad can be used as well (these are my favorites).
When the entire floor is done let it dry thoroughly and enjoy the shine!
The sun was shining as I took the after picture and my old floor and it really does shine this much – I love it….now to keep my kids out of the kitchen. 😉
Cleaning for Linoleum Floors
Sweep the floor first.
Add a cup of vinegar to a bucket of mop water. This will help renew the shine of the floor in between the deep