Once outmoded, linoleum flooring is recently retrieving its popularity back due to its reliability, and environment-friendly nature and of course, it’s budget-friendly too. With a vast array of textures, color schemes, and styles, it has become an adorable flooring option for homeowners.
Lots of people, due to lack of know-how and expertise in different materials, get confused with vinyl and linoleum due to their identical look and shape but there’s a hell of difference between both of them. If we go through the analogy amongst both flooring types, we’ll find that the linoleum sheets are much unyielding than those of vinyl sheets.
A beautiful floor can only retain its beauty if it’s taken care of in an appropriate manner but how could we know the cleaning process we are using is appropriate or inappropriate one? It’s not a rocket science, just you should know the type and nature of the material used in the make your flooring and what cleaners will make your floor shine and what can destroy them.
The Origin of Linoleum
The name linoleum is derived from its paternity substance called linseed oil. The inventor of linoleum flooring founded how a dense yet agile film formed on the top of linseed oil-based paint could be transformed into flooring sheets when it’s scientifically incorporated with other organic recyclable substances such as pine rosin, limestone, cork and wood flours, coloring complexion, etc.
The resilient nature of linoleum makes it quick to bounce back when compressed or walked over and this cushioning effect prevents the floor from cracking even if it’s installed in a heavy traffic area or heavy-duty items are placed over there.
Unlike a vinyl or laminate flooring, pigmentation on linoleum isn’t barely on the surface, instead, it’s deeply penetrated from the top to bottom. This method of pigmentation safeguards its original color for decades without any decay as well as any grazes and grooves won’t easily show up unless very toxic cleaners and chemicals are used.
The Challenges of Linoleum Floors
To meet the challenges, one should be well aware of the challenges they are going to face. The strategy to tackle the present glitches and precautionary measures to apprehend any forthcoming situation can save a great deal of energy, time, and investment.
The chores of housekeeping demand lots of effort and time and your linoleum floor has no exception. No matter how sleek and nice-looking it was once, it’ll start losing its beauty overtime. The biggest challenges a linoleum floor could face are;
- Although this flooring type is welcoming to colossal stacks and high foot traffic due to its resilience and cushioning properties, the sharp-edged furniture and stacked heels are its worst enemies and could easily perforate the surface or put cavities on it. These dents and punctures accommodate myriads of dirt and mildew.
- Apparently, when older linoleum isn’t exposed to light (not sunlight) for prolong time, terrible yellowish stains can be fall. If you have placed area rugs and never removed except for cleaning there is a yellow outline on the floor where each rug was laid. It’s caused by the breakdown in the latex backing on those rugs.
- If you’re allowing the moisture, spillovers, or water to sit for a copious amount of time, linoleum will start to expand or contract causing to decompose from its original form.
How to Make Linoleum Floors Look New?
The only way you can maintain the luster of your floor is how often you take care of it and what cleaning tricks and hacks you are using.
Sometimes you spend a truckload of money to revamp your investment but you see no improvement and sometimes a dirt-cheap household item works and takes your suffering away. With your linoleum floors, it happens too. Don’t let the stains eat up your adorable floor and give it a new life with these tips.
Method No 1:
- First off, the only thing you need to do is clean sweep and collect all the loose garbage. A broom, cleaning brush, or vacuum with hard floor settings will do the best.
- Take a mop bucket, vinegar, and a little bit of soap. Do not use any ammonia-based products as it will damage the floor.No need of fancy cleaners or some specific stuff for the purpose. Clean off the affected area with the solution.
- Once dry take a spray bottle about half full of rubbing alcohol, two drops of dish soap and the rest hot water, spray-on, and let it stay for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Get a dollar store scrub brush or shop towels and slowly go over it just in circular motions, and soon it would become sterilized. It will restore it back to its original design and color as long as you did not damage the linoleum then allowed to dry.
- Take a cleaner mop and wash with just a little bit of vinegar and hot water as hot as you can stand it then get the polish which will keep stains from coming back.Polish linoleum at least every 6 months and keep up with the basic maintenance as simple as described.
Method No 2:
- Try 35% Hydrogen peroxide in a test spot overnight and if you discover the test spot is significantly lighter then go ahead.
- Put peroxide in a spray bottle and mist the area for two nights (10-12 hrs.) and leave a bright white fluorescent light on the area to help with the bleaching process. No abrasive scrubbing to dull the flooring, just mist and wait… and it’ll work great!
- 35% Hydrogen peroxide can burn the skin… so, use gloves and keep kids and pets away from treated areas until you mop up the peroxide.
Method No 3:
- Borax or sodium tetraborate is widely used in many cleaning processes with no chemicals and hard fumes from softening hard water to detergents for boosting their cleaning power to exterminate molds, mildew, and stubborn stains from any surface.
- Prepare a recipe by taking a quarter cup of Borax, a couple of cups of hot water, a microfiber mop, and spray bottle. Mix the Borax in hot water in that spray bottle and stem the spray over the affected area and let it stay for a while then scrub it with the help of microfiber mop.
- Repeat the process after rinsing and wringing out the mop to deal with the leftover stains. Rinse the floor with clean warm water and you are on the go.
- To remove the real yellow stains that we are having trouble with. You won’t believe how many solutions tackling this dilemma reveal no magic bullet or miss the point completely but this method works great without spreading any harmful fumes.
The less you’ll use chemical-based cleaners on your linoleum floors the more these will live their life without fading away and without losing their original pigmentation. Waxing the floors restore their shine but as the time goes on that wax grabs dust and debris and needed to be washed and sterilized every now and then. Try keeping carpet pieces underneath sharp edging furniture and avoid dragging it. Do not let area rugs laid for infinite amount of time and let the area exposed to light, however, protect it from sunlight as it can bear yellow or dark stains on it.