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How to remove mould and stains from linoleum bathroom floors

Linoleum is an environmentally friendly flooring because it's made with a combination of natural materials such as recycled wood flour, resins, limestone and linseed oil. Together these ingredients create a sturdy, durable floor that is long-lasting when cared for properly. Incorrect maintenance results in a scratched, dull-looking bathroom floor. You can remove mould and its accompanying stains from your linoleum floor with remedies appropriate for this type of flooring. Once you remove the stains, preventive maintenance keeps them from making another appearance.

Fill a 3.8 litre (1 gallon) bucket with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and warm water. Dip a clean cloth in the diluted vinegar solution and squeeze out the excess moisture.

Wash your linoleum bathroom floor with the vinegar solution to effectively kill the mould spores and remove stains. Vinegar is safe to use on natural material surfaces such as linoleum.

Empty and rinse out your bucket. Prepare a mild soap solution by mixing 1 tsp mild washing up liquid with 3.8 litres (1 gallon) warm water. Add one capful of baby oil and 1 tbsp skimmed milk to shine your linoleum floor as you wash it.

Wash your floor with the solution to remove any remaining mould stains. Rinse by wiping your floor off with a clean, damp cloth. Dry your floor with clean cloths.

Tip

Always use the extractor fan or open a window in the bathroom after taking showers or baths. This allows humidity to escape so your bathroom doesn't become mouldy. Dry a wet bathroom floor so water remaining on the surface doesn't cause mould and mildew to grow.

Warning

Avoid abrasive cleaners to remove mould stains as they will scratch your linoleum flooring.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • White vinegar
  • Clean cloths
  • 1 tsp mild washing up liquid
  • Baby oil
  • 1 tbsp skimmed milk
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About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.