How to Clean Nasty Linoleum Floors

Clean nasty linoleum floors with a mop.
Clean nasty linoleum floors with a mop. (Image: mop head image by green308 from <a href=''></a>)

Linoleum floors are often used in bathrooms and kitchens, as they hold up well in high-moisture areas. These rooms also accumulate a lot of buildup from foods, soap, lotions and other elements that leave your linoleum floors looking dirty and nasty. To remove this gross buildup, you need to use a cleaning solution that cuts through the residue, kills bacteria and keeps your linoleum floors looking the best they can.

Things You'll Need

  • Baby oil or baking soda
  • Cleaning rags
  • Bucket
  • Vinegar
  • Dish soap (optional)
  • Water
  • Mop
  • Nylon scrub brush

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Rub baby oil into any severe scuff marks with a clean rag. Alternatively, sprinkle the scuff with a heavy coat of baking soda and scrub it with a damp rag.

Mix 1 gallon warm water, 1 cup vinegar and 1 tsp. of dish soap in a bucket. The dish soap is optional, but will help cut through food residue in kitchens as well as soap scum in bathrooms.

Dip a mop in the cleaning solution, wring it out, and start wiping it over the linoleum.

Dip the mop back in the solution as needed when the mop becomes dirty.

Dip a nylon scrub brush into the bucket. Scrub it over any stubborn grime if the mop alone is not removing all of the buildup.

Rinse out the cleaning mop and wipe it across the linoleum one last time. Let the linoleum air-dry after removing all of the buildup.


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