My home is a 1974 raised ranch. The flooring in the kitchen is the original linoleum. Even though the floor is 40 plus years old it still shines and looks almost like new with very little effort. In this post I’m going to outline for you my favorite tips for cleaning the floors and the products and techniques I use to get great results.
How To Clean Linoleum Floors
First, I sweep the floor (of course!) to remove dirt, crumbs, hair, etc., using a rubber broom.
Years ago I switched from a standard broom to a rubber broom. Rubber brooms are wonderful. They don’t scratch the surface you’re using them on and they pick up more than regular brooms. After Christmas I shared how easy it is to clean pine needles off of and out of carpeting with a rubber broom.
After sweeping the floor I use a small handheld whisk broom to get dirt out of the corners and small spaces where the broom won’t reach.
Next, I use a Swiffer 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 as possible from the surface since I want a noticeable shine.
Now that the surface is properly prepped I get a bucket of warm water and a sponge mop to clean the floor.
To the warm water I add whatever cleaning product I have on hand following the directions on the label for diluting the product. One of my favorites is Spic and Span. The floor above is clean but not shiny….yet!Even if the label on the cleaner indicates that rinsing is not necessary I always do! After cleaning the floor thoroughly I wait for it to dry.
Dump the dirty water, rinse out your bucket and start with fresh, warm water. I also thoroughly rinse my sponge mop before rinsing the floor.
Go over entire floor with the fresh warm water.
Allow the floor to dry.
How to Get Your Linoleum Floor to Shine and Sparkle
Once again, dump your bucket and thoroughly rinse out your mop.
Get a fresh bucket of warm water and 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.
I squirt the Quick Shine on the floor covering about a 3 foot by 3 foot square. I then use a damp mop to spread the Quick Shine over the area evenly.
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 the floor really does shine this much – I love it….now to keep my kids out of the kitchen. 😉