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ICAN/ATEX: How can I clean foot traffic off linoleum floors?

May 13, 2013

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We have a linoleum floor at my church that needs cleaning.

For the life of me I cannot figure out how to remove the foot traffic residue which leaves what appears to be a dark colored smudgy film in the heavy traffic areas.

The linoleum (a light tan colored linoleum) was installed one year ago. Any suggestions?

Monday’s Answer:

First off, I realize that the term “linoleum” is often used generically for sheet flooring even when the goods are sheet vinyl, a wholly different product. I can’t be certain this is not the case here so I’ll offer some suggestions for both types of sheet goods.

When cleaning true linoleum you must be careful not to soak the product with mopping or scrub solution.

Avoid high alkaline detergents and anything abrasive. Seals are recommended for linoleum for this reason.

If there is a seriously damaged traffic lane in just a year of use, I suspect grit has been tracked into the building and carried along on the floor with the footwear.

This sort of damage is not cleanable; it is wear to the surface. You can lightly machine  … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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