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How do you clean old linoleum floors?

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While it is long-lasting and resilient, linoleum requires a different type of care than the vinyl used in many homes. Avoid the use of harsh cleansers that can ruin the floor's shine.

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How do you clean old linoleum floors?
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  1. Remove loose dirt

    Use a broom and dustpan or a vacuum with a hard floor attachment to remove any loose dirt from the floor. Get under the edges of cabinets or other furniture, and clean any small cracks or crevasses in the floor.

  2. Mix the cleaning solution

    Avoid using floor-cleaning compounds. Instead, use a solution of warm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid.

  3. Mop the floor

    Wet the mop in the cleaning solution. Wring the mop to keep the amount of water that touches the floor to a minimum, as standing water can cause permanent damage. Mop a 5-foot by 5-foot area. Put the mop back in the water, wring it almost dry and work on the next section. Continue until the entire floor has been mopped.

  4. Rinse the floor

    Dump the cleaning solution and fill it with warm, clean water. Use the mop to remove any soap or residue from the floor. Rinse and wring the mop after every 25 square feet rinsed.

  5. Towel dry the floor

    Use an old towel to dry any water remaining on the floor.

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