Those of you who have a linoleum floor probably already know that this type of flooring is one of the most rugged and versatile types of floor in homes today. That is probably why it is used in kitchens all over the United States and Europe. However, that isn’t the only reason it is so popular. Another reason for its popularity is that it can be made to look like just about any other type of flooring. There are linoleum floors that look like ceramic and those that look like wood. It really is an amazing flooring.
However, I am sure that you aren’t reading this article to hear my praise for linoleum. Most likely you are reading this article because you want some tips on using your steam mop to clean it. Tips that I am going to give you right now.
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Prepare your floor carefully before steam mopping. Always make sure that you thoroughly sweep or vacuum your floor. This may seem obvious but it is really important for a number of reasons. First, sweeping or vacuuming insures that your steam mop has direct contact with the floor and isn’t riding on a cushion of dirt and dust. Second, it will remove any small particles that might tear your flooring. And thirdly, it will prevent these aforementioned particles from destroying your steam mop.
Make sure that you fill your steam mop with distilled water. Tap water often has hard water deposits in it that can not only streak your linoleum floor but may also damage your steam mop over time. These particles can also make it harder for your steam mop to pick up the dirt from your floor, so be sure to only use distilled water in the unit.
Make sure that you don’t add any additional chemicals either to your steam mop or to your flooring prior to mopping. That’s because steam mops don’t require any additional cleaning compounds to do their job. The power of steam is all you need.
What you can do however, is pre-treat your floor with a solution of equal parts bicarbonate soda and vinegar. Apply this mixture to your floor for at least a half hour. This will break down any grease compounds that might be one the floor.
Clean your floor into sections. This is the quickest way to clean your linoleum. Just divide your floor into imaginary 3 cubic foot sections and tackle each section individually, before moving on to the next section. This will ensure that you cover every square inch of flooring and won’t miss any obvious stains.
That’s all there is to it folks. Just follow these six easy steps and you’ll have shiny, clean linoleum floors in no time flat.