Update: Here’s a medley of tips and recipes for all-purpose cleaners, DIY repairs and other odds & ends for linoleum and vinyl flooring. Some were previously published elsewhere here on Tipnut and moved to this page for better organization.
Assorted Homemade Cleaners
Scrub Paste (for scuffs & stains)
Cornstarch or Baking Soda
- Combine the two items to make a paste, apply to wet sponge and scrub out the marks.
1/8 C. liquid dish detergent
1/4 C. vinegar
1/4 C. Borax
2 to 3 gallons hot water
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bucket, then use to wash surface.
- First dilute with 1/2 cup per gallon of water then adjust ratio to your needs.
1/2 C. household ammonia
2 gallons hot water
- Combine ingredients in a bucket, use to mop. This may strip wax. Careful on tile.
Fixes & Repairs
For Nics & Chips:
- To camouflage small nics or chips, try melting a crayon that is a best match to the color of the surface. Drip the wax into the hole until it’s filled completely. A plastic scraper or ruler makes a great tool to ‘level off’ the top so the crayon is even with the surface. This isn’t a permanent fix and will need to be done again as the wax wears away, but it can hide the spots nicely.
How To Remove Wax Buildup:
- Drizzle or spray club soda over the linoleum, leave for a couple minutes then wipe up.
Mark Eraser: (for scuffs)
- Rub with an artgum eraser until it’s removed.
*First published August 6, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization
- Use an old iron to heat up the vinyl tile to soften the glue underneath.
- Once things are softened enough to lift the square a bit, apply fresh adhesive to the area underneath the curling spots.
- Reposition the square on top and firmly weigh it down with something heavy (like bricks or cinder blocks). Lift the weight and wipe away any excess glue that may have oozed out.
- Place the weight on top of the tile again, leave set for several hours.
- Remove the weight once the adhesive is dry and the piece is firmly glued down.
- Sweep or vacuum at least twice a week. If you have a busy household or pets in the house, sweep daily.
- Wipe up spills immediately – less scrubbing to do on wash day and less chance of permanent damage.
- The better the mop – the easier it is to do the job. Nothing worse than trying to scrub things down with a flimsy, worn out sponge.
- Arrange mats at the home’s entrances and take off shoes at the door. Helps keep the dirt and grit levels down.
- Keep brooms and other tools in great shape by regularly soaking them in a bucket of hot soapy water (or bleach). Lay out in the sun to dry. Avoid the bleach mix if tools were first immersed in vinegar or ammonia.
- If you find the linoleum looks dull or dirty all the time, try stripping it with a strong solution of ammonia & water (if the material can handle it without being damaged). Then reseal if necessary (use recommended method). Finally, change your cleaner and see if that makes a difference.
Careful: Make sure none of the ingredients will harm your surface before using. Test an area first. Avoid ammonia based solutions if you have a wax floor (and want to keep it that way) or tiled. Be especially cautious on wood and laminate flooring, best to follow manufacturer’s instructions or visit the linked resource pages for more advice.