Linoleum’s durability, ease of installation and resistance to damage-causing factors like moisture make it a very attractive option for homeowners. Because it’s made of highly renewable resources, linoleum is also among the more environmentally friendly flooring materials around.
All that being said, there are a few things you can do on a regular basis to keep you linoleum looking as good as it did when you first had it installed.
Ge a grip on grit and soil. Routine (daily) cleaning with a broom can definitely extend the life your linoleum floor.
Wipe spills ASAP! Any liquid that is left on linoleum for an extended period can cause warping as the dampness can weaken the glue.
Mop your floor with warm water mixed with mild soap every other month. DO NOT use an abrasive cleaners or scrubbing tools, as these can permanently and seriously scratch your flooring. Again, because linoleum is particularly vulnerable to any liquid left for periods of time, make sure you thoroughly dry the floor with a clean cloth.
Remove scuff marks as they appear. Scuffing can be caused by a host of things, such as shoe heels, moving furniture, etc. You can clean these with relative ease by using a pencil eraser, regular toothpaste or rubbing alcohol.
Add sliders or pads to furniture legs to prevent scratching or actual cutting of the linoleum tiles.
Inspect the baseboard and edges of your linoleum at least twice per year. If you find any gouges or tears, you will most likely have to cut that portion out and replace it with a new section. You should hire a professional installer to do this.
Apply a layer of acrylic floor sealer every two years or so to give your flooring a protective shell.
Whether you have linoleum, carpeting or hardwood flooring, we’d be happy to talk with you about the best ways to keep it in tip-top shape. Contact J&M Keystone for a free consultation.
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