How to Steam Clean Linoleum


Linoleum is a durable, moisture-resistant flooring option used in the bathroom and kitchen areas of many homes. These areas are constantly in contact with soap scum, food crumbs, dirt and other bacteria that leaves the flooring dirty and unattractive. A basic cleaning with a mop or broom may not always suffice, especially when the linoleum is aged or has been left uncleaned for a long period of time. A steam cleaner will provide a much more thorough cleaning and lift heavy residue from the linoleum.

Things You'll Need

  • Steam cleaner
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Fill the water reservoir of your steam cleaner with hot water, and add 1 cup vinegar and 2 tbsp. dish soap per gallon of hot water used.

  • Turn on the steam cleaner, and allow to warm up until steam begins to emit.

  • Push the steam cleaner across the linoleum floor slowly, just as you would use a vacuum cleaner. Push slowly in one direction, then pull the steam cleaner back toward you. Repeat until all of the residue has been lifted from the linoleum, and continue across the flooring until the entire floor is clean.

  • Allow the floor to air dry. The vinegar and steam combination will have disinfected, while the dish soap assists in cutting through the residue.

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