The best way to clean white linoleum

Updated February 21, 2017

White linoleum floors add a fresh crispness to a room. Over time, the white flooring may become dingy from constant foot traffic. The dirt grinds into the linoleum, making it hard to remove with regular dust mopping. The linoleum flooring requires a cleaner that liquefies the grime so a damp mop can pull it from the surface. Give white linoleum flooring back its sparkling shine by cleaning it properly.

Remove chairs and rugs from the white linoleum floor. Vacuum the floor with a sweeper that has no beater bar. Place the thin nozzle attachment on the sweeper and vacuum into tight areas between and under appliances in a kitchen or under furniture in other areas of the home.

Fill a large spray bottle half way with warm water. Fill it the rest of the way with white vinegar. Screw the nozzle on the top of the bottle and shake. Fill a bucket with warm water for rinsing.

Spray the vinegar mixture on one 6-foot-by-6-foot section of linoleum flooring, starting at one end of the room. Moisten the mop with the rinse water. Glide the mop over the wet linoleum, cleaning dirt and the cleaning mixture from the floor. Rinse the mop in the bucket of water and wring out the excess liquid. Spray the next section of the floor and continue cleaning. Replace the rinse water as it becomes dirty.

Dry the floor with a terry cloth or allow it to air dry.


Clean white linoleum regularly to keep the floor from appearing drab and dirty.

Things You'll Need

  • Sweeper without a beater bar
  • Sweeper attachments
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Terry-cloth
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Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.