How to Clean Linoleum Floors

I received this great tip from a reader awhile ago, and I just had to share it with you because I think it’s how to clean linoleum floors.  Here’s what she said, “Just this week I [started using baking soda] to wash my kitchen floor.”
This is a fantastic idea for those with linoleum floors.  Because baking soda has a little texture to it, it’s the perfect product for cleaning the uneven, grooved surfaces of linoleum floors!  I just wish I’d been the one to think of it!
Here’s what to do
*Sprinkle baking soda on the floor {it’s best if you work in 3 foot sections}.
* Next spray the floor with a mix of vinegar and water.
*Scrub the floor using a sponge or a mop with a sponge head {like this one}.
*After scrubbing each area of the floor rinse away the baking soda “film” with a wet sponge or rag.
This is a great way to brighten your dingy linoleum floors! 
You can even add a little lemon juice to leave your kitchen sparkly clean and smelling as fresh as a cool spring day!


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  1. 1

    LOVE THIS TIP!!!! I’ve been trying to figure out how to clean it properly! I mop and mop and mop and it’s never really clean.. I notice it’s not clean as soon as my daughter drops something on the floor and I wipe it up with a baby wipe and it comes up black.. YUCK!

    LOVE the look of your blog Anna!

    Have a great day!

  2. 4

    I have to be honest – I loved this idea in theory. In application, it was practically back breaking. I just didn’t find the addition of soda to really add to the effectiveness of just vinegar, dawn and water sprayed on the floor alone. Where i DID find soda effective was in the dirty corners where gunk buildup hangs out. But not for the entire kitchen floor. To me, that was overkill.

    Just as an aside, Kaboom foam spray works excellently on linoleum as well. I know it has lots of chemicals, but if you’re less sensitive to those things, its worth a try.

  3. 6

    I love this idea! However, I have three small dogs and it is very hard to block them out when cleaning. Would the soda or vinegar be of any harm to them?

  4. 8

    Wouldn’t you have to change your rinse water quite often to prevent a baking soda clouding being left on the floor? Eventually your water would have a build up of soda and you would be putting it back down on the floor, too much work for me, I prefer my ammonia/water/sponge mop.

  5. 9

    This was wonderful… After it cleaned my floors of left over wax it has a beautiful shine. Love it….

  6. 10

    I use this method to cut down on the chemicals used in my house. It cleaned the build up beautifully but took the shine off the linoleum. Do you have a recommendation to bring the shine back?

    And, for your reader with the dogs, my little dog couldn’t keep away from me…I was on the floor and that means playtime to him. He walked through and rolled his tennis ball through my work space but I was not worried because there were no chemicals on the floor it was all natural and ph neutral.

    Great tip!

    • 11

      Thanks Alli! My only thought for adding shine back in would be to buff the floors with a clean, dry rag and a smidge of oil. If you use just a smidge it won’t make the floors greasy and slippery but they will be shiny! :)

  7. 12

    Hi Anna,
    I found this looking for a good way to clean the linoleum; I think this would be great for a small area, but with the dining room & Kitchen being attached it is 33′ x 16 ‘, which turned this into a big job & very tiring.
    It did clean the linoleum pretty well, but by the time for cleaning the film up you are pretty well beat.
    Would you have any other thoughts on a larger area that wouldn’t take as long & still do a good job? I did notice Amy’s remark suggesting Kaboom; I’ll have to give that a try also.
    Thanks, Doug

  8. 13

    Thank you so much for this tip. This application is great for those who have small kitchen floors like me! It worked like a charm!

  9. 14

    I have brown scuff marks on the floor (from scooting appliances around, etc). I cannot get them out! I’ve tried magic erasers, bleach, this… let me know if you have any suggestions for this. It has apparently stained the linoleum. thanks !

  10. 16

    I also found the baking soda left a film – I had to go over it with a damp sponge, then buff with a towel. It took me almost an hour to clean two very small bathrooms!

  11. 17
    Candice says:

    I tried that and now my floors look really dull

  12. 20
    just a guy says:

    This did not work for me. Not only did it hardly remove any dirt, it left a film of baking soda that is impossible to completely eliminate.

  13. 22

    This cleaned great and left a great shine with the lemon, BUT after it dried ever where u touched it it left a stain (impression) looked horrible after walking on it. HOW CAN I GET THIS FILM OFF LOL! Help !!!

    • 23
      mreynolds says:

      Gary- It could maybe be that the baking soda was not completely removed. The film left on floors is a tough one to deal with. It also could be from remaining dust on the floors before they get cleaned or it could be build up from past cleaners. Our best suggestion requires a lot of labor :( Try the good old fashion way of getting down on the hands and knees and cleaning it with some soap and water (maybe try Dawn). This will help you be able to be sure all of the cleaner has been removed. Before you do that be sure to get all dirt and dust off the floor. You might try using a microfiber dust mop. Sorry we couldn’t be more helpful!