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Old 02-08-2008, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Dallas, NC
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Default Cleaning linoleum floors

What's the best thing to use to get my linoleum looking great again? My kitchen floor is black and white and the white is really looking dull and dingy. Regular mopping doesn't help. Thanks!
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Old 02-08-2008, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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I just use a dry swiffer to get the big things up and then I use a wet swiffer...always looks great.
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Old 02-08-2008, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Is it a vinyl floor or is it true linoleum?

Does it have a smooth surface or a textured surface?
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Old 02-08-2008, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Dallas, NC
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Is it a vinyl floor or is it true linoleum?

Does it have a smooth surface or a textured surface?

I think it's linoleum but I could be wrong. It's got a little texture to it.
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Triangle area, NC
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I used to get down on hand and knee with a stiff scrub brush and spray a little clorox/water mix on it. Scrub it good so that it gets into all the grooves, they wipe up with a paper towel. It takes time, but the floors always looked great afterwards. I found that simply mopping over it or swiffering it didn't get it as clean. You have to be able to really put some pressure on the floor to get it clean, so getting on hands and knees is necessary for a really deep clean. You can swiffer between deep cleanings.
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Here are some tips:

Cleaning Linoleum and Vinyl Floors | DoItYourself.com
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Old 02-10-2008, 05:48 PM
 
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What's the best thing to use to get my linoleum looking great again? My kitchen floor is black and white and the white is really looking dull and dingy. Regular mopping doesn't help. Thanks!
I think el manual labor with scrub brush and bleach will be the start point like the other poster said. Once its squeaky clean, maintaining that is key.

in another thread, someone said their scooba worked great. check out irobot.com . its supposed to be better than moping because its perpetual clean water, not smearing dirt around. a little pricey, but it will keep you off your knees.
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Old 02-10-2008, 05:50 PM
 
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OHHH and once its solidly clean, sealing the floor with halloway house floor polish keeps it resistant to dirt so it comes clean easier. future or acrylic shine floor polish tends to build up and yellow.
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Old 02-11-2008, 10:53 AM
 
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I would try to figure out whether or not it was vinyl or linoleum, they are not the same and have different cleaning requirements. I think linoleum is flat with no texture. Linoleum was popular until the 1960's or so, it's a natural floor product made of wood or cork I believe, you'd have to look it up. However, some companies are producing it again, so it could be. And while you can wax linoleum floors, I don't think you are supposed to wax vinyl floors.
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Old 02-11-2008, 11:22 AM
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Location: The 12th State
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It might have wax build up I would not suggest clorox if you have black and white I would clean it with piping hot water mix with vinegar to cut the grease and wax build up. Probably best way to soak the floor and use a hand brush and scrub in circles mop up the mess with hot water then go over it again with clean hot water but wring the mop good periodically.

I cheated with a final mop with Mop n Glo if you take a water spray bottle and mist it will put a nice shine but will build up again over time.
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