How to care for linoleum floors

The linoleum is one of those materials for flooring that comes back with force. If you want to know how to care properly, here what you have.

linoleum floors

Linoleum floors are derived from wood, very seldom used in the past and that have now become stronger than ever because they have great durability. Linoleum floors is very similar to the park (but without taking the risk of being damaged so easily) and it is easy to clean and maintain.

Characteristics of Linoleum floors

It is a very cheap soil, because it is made of waste parts of other things, such as linseed oil, resins, wood flour, cork, limestone and pigments.

It also saves on installation issues; it is very easy to put on and will not need a professional to do it. Also sure to be one of the floors will last most.

characteristics of linoleum floors

With this type of soil the decorative options are many, much more than using for example carpet, metal … In addition to allow purchase it in very different sizes, both for very large rooms, and for smaller.

In short, if you compare with other floors, you can see has the advantage over the park that requires many less care and there is little risk that the floor is finished raising or stay marked spots.

With respect to the tile floors, while it is true that clean also very easy and usually very durable and can be somewhat less aesthetic and very cold in winter, but the linoleum is very aesthetic and thanks to cork insulates very while the cold and heat.

Cons of linoleum floors

No material is perfect, so it is necessary to also know those small drawbacks to know if it is the floor you are looking for or for its particular characteristics you need another. The main drawbacks of linoleum are the following:

  • Despite being waterproof, curiously it is not recommended to install in bathrooms (excessive humidity causes them to contract and expand). It can be used but only if it is well placed, adjusting to the different tolerances.
  • To avoid any installation problems, due to these contractions it is important to let it acclimatise for a few days.
  • It traps the moisture from the sub-floor so it is usually not ideal to place it on a concrete floor.
  • It still continues with that reputation of being an “ugly” material only suitable for more industrial use, which means that its use is not so widespread (yet) and still limits its possibilities for renovations.
  • Despite its resistance, it does not also have weak points: They do not resist well to heavy loads and can be damaged by sharp objects.
  • It is not recommended outdoors as colors can fade with exposure to excessive direct sunlight and can be damaged by extreme temperatures.

Care for linoleum floors

The linoleum floor is made from cork, resin and linseed oil (lin-oil), as the main elements. This feature makes linoleum flooring as strong as it is safe, since it does not grow germs, it is antistatic and fire resistant. If you have linoleum floors in your home, you can follow these tips to clean it, whether it is linoleum or sheet tile.

For daily cleaning you do not need to pour water with a bucket; you will see that the results are optimal just by wiping it with a clean cloth dampened in warm water, with vinegar, liquid soaps or low pH soaps. If you regularly carry out this cleaning, your linoleum floor will be shiny and will last a long time.

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How to revive the shine on your linoleum floor

If for any reason your linoleum floor has lost its shine or its gleaming imprint, you can regain its original appearance by applying linoleum wax or linoleum floor polish. Do not apply alkaline cleaning products on this floor, or solvents or varnishes.

Remember that water can damage linoleum flooring if you apply it excessively, since the joints tend to peel off from excessive moisture. If you see that the joints of the linoleum floor have accumulated a lot of dirt, scrub them with very hot water and detergent. If you notice a dull coating on your linoleum floors, you can rub ammonia over them, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrape with a nylon brush.