How to Restore Shine to Linoleum Flooring

Updated February 21, 2017

Linoleum floors that lose their shine may be the result of improper product use or care. Using the wrong product, or not rinsing the floors after applying a detergent or floor cleaner can cause linoleum to become dull, according to Heloise, the household hints guru. The linoleum dulls due to a sticky film that develops. The more you wash your floor, without rinsing, the more dull build-up your floor will develop.

Mop your floor with a recommended cleaner. Rinse thoroughly afterward with a clean mop and clean water.

Pour the desired amount of warm water in a mop bucket. Add 1 cup of white vinegar for every gallon of water you put in the bucket.

Dip your mop in the vinegar and water solution. Squeeze out the excess water with a roller or a mop bucket attachment.

Mop the floor with the vinegar and water solution. Allow it to air dry.


Check with the floor's manufacturer before using any cleaning products. Many products can leave a sticky build-up on linoleum.


Rinse the floor thoroughly after applying any cleaner to avoid having a build-up develop, even if the product instructions state that it's permissible to allow the cleaner to dry on the floor.

Things You'll Need

  • Recommended floor cleaner
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Vinegar
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Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.