How would you clean it?

Australia
November 16, 2009 5:53pm CST
As some of you are aware, I have recently moved houses...I am now in a smaller house which is great because there is less space to clean...however, in the kitchen, dining & laundry rooms, there I have lino down which isn't flat...it hasgrooves all over it...I mop often coz I live close to the beach & we are forever getting sand in the house as there is sand all through my yard...after I mop, the lino never looks too clean. I mean you can tell it's been mopped but it doesn't look like I've done a good job...I am thinking I will have to resort to cleaning the lino by hand without a mop... Do you have any great sugestions to save me getting on my hands & knees?
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@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
17 Nov 09
Hi moonchild, I wouldn't, I'd pull it up and throw it out, dreadful stuff. There must be something better underneath.
• Australia
17 Nov 09
Hey Thea, I think that there is just floor boards underneath..if it was my house, I would rip up the lino but unfortunately I'm renting so I can't.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
17 Nov 09
Maybe the landlord would let you pull up the lino and polish up the boards if they are the kind that end up looking good. I love wooden floors.
• Australia
18 Nov 09
so do I
@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
19 Nov 09
I will get straight to the point here. Have you tried to Vacuum first. It is an out there suggestion I know, but one I would definitely try. Cheers.
• Australia
19 Nov 09
That's one thing I always do before I mop...I think it's just that the dirt loves sticking to the grooves in the lino
@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
19 Nov 09
Ah well then...how about that crevice attachment...
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
17 Nov 09
You said that the floor is covered with linoleum and has worn groves all over it. What you are probably seeing is the the under side and that is what is being smeared around when you mop the floor. What you might do is put some marine paint over the linoleum to seal it again. If you don't do some thing to seal it then even moping on your hands and knees won't help.
• Australia
17 Nov 09
The grooves in the lino are meant to be there...i think it's supposed to look like tiles
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
17 Nov 09
Oh. I read it as wear patterns sorry
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
16 Feb 10
Hi, moonchild1au. You may need to put rugs down at the space that the sand comes in at. You may also need to use only one door to go and come out of. That way, your floors won't get tracked by sand from the beach. There is no need to get on your hands and knees. Just get you a powerful dirt remover cleaner and mop.
• Australia
8 Mar 10
I think I will have to go with the dirt remover & mop...I do have a powerful vacuum which gets the sand from the carpet...I may just have to use a damp mop for the carpet & more than just vinegar for the lino.
• United States
18 Nov 09
I know what kind of floors you are talking about! we had the same floors when we moved into the house we love in now. I would mop and it would still look like crap! So we just gave up and got laminates! Getting new floors is the only solutions thats going to work. Its not you.. its the floor! LOl
• Australia
18 Nov 09
I don't think the owner would be impressed if I suggested getting new flooring - I'm renting :( If I owned the house, it wouldn't be a problem :)
@ladym33 (11009)
• United States
17 Nov 09
I used to do deep cleaning for business and I found that a scrub brush works wonders on ground in dirt. I am also a big fan of cleanser. Comet Cleanser with bleach works really well on a lot of things. So I would use some good old fashioned arm muscle strength and give it a good scrub with cleanser, and then wash of the cleanser and wipe with a clean towel or rag. After you get it nice and clean make sure to seal it with some floor wax to keep it cleaner longer.
• Australia
17 Nov 09
I never thought of using floor wax on lino...it wouldn't make it too slippery would it?