cleaning linolium is an easy, one-step process that makes sure the linoleum is spotless. It includes a few simple steps and is the easiest way to clean linoleum.
Cleaning linolium is one of those things that seems really simple, but it requires some practice. We’ve gone over it in several previous blogs but you can read more in our Cleaning Linoleum section.
In the beginning of this chapter we described how to clean linoleum! Well, as you can see, the linoleum was really dirty! It was very messy and the linoleum needed to be removed from the linoleum before it was washed. And that’s why we don’t use linoleum as a soap and water detergent on linoleum.
As you can see from the diagram on the next page, the linoleum was a sticky mess. If you don’t take the time to clean linoleum well, it becomes a great breeding ground for mildew and bacteria. The best way to clean linoleum with a good cleaning product is to use a mild cleaner. Mild cleaners are essentially non-toxic products that can be used for cleaning linoleum, laundry, kitchen, and dishwashers.
All the stuff we use on linoleum is fine. Even when we use non-toxic products (e.g., cleaners) we have to do a full-featured cleaning process, as linoleum isn’t a good wash. It’s a bit like a soap that gets sprayed in and then you have to clean it.
It could be that some of your linoleum needs to be cleaned before you can use it. We like to think that soap from your linoleum wouldn’t be as effective as bleach, but it is because of the amount of oils used to make it so strong. We also like to think that you use an organic cleaner to clean your linoleum.
You may have to use linoleum as a “grease” or as a “stain” to keep your floors clean. Some linoleum manufacturers like Sorel have come out with stains-free products. The problem with stains-free linoleum is that it is harder to remove once it is on the floor. Your best bet for removing stains like that is to use a cleaning product containing bleach.
Bleach is the best way to get rid of linoleum stains, but it can leave stains behind. That’s why we like to use linolium linoleum.
Linoleum is a type of synthetic glue, which means it is a nonbiodegradable substance. The glue is made by mixing linseed oil and linoleum. The linseed oil is derived from oil seeds like corn, soybean, and wheat, and the linoleum is made from the seeds of the lily plant.
Unfortunately, because it is a synthetic substance, it won’t biodegrade and will stay on your floor for a long time.