Lino is a man made type of flooring that is a great choice for a large number of reasons. Linoleum, as it is properly known is created compressing pine resin, cord dust and wood flour with linseed oil as well as other minerals. This is built on a canvas backing which holds it all together.
Lino, or Linoleum to use its full name, is a man-made floor type usually made from linseed oil (linoxyn) and compressed pine rosin, cork dust, wood flour and mineral fillers. This mixture is then applied to some sort of canvas backing. If you have ever seen damaged or worn linoleum you may have noticed the canvas fibres poking through. Lino flooring is a popular alternative to natural stone or tiled floors due to it’s cheaper cost and outstanding durability, although some variations of lino do differ in their durability.
One of the advantages of linoleum as a flooring material is that its colour runs right the way through the material, so chips and scratches are far more easily disguised. For this reason, linoleum is popular in commercial and public buildings such as schools and office. Another advantage of linoleum is that it offers a flexible surface, so in older buildings where uneven flooring may have caused tiles or harder surfaces to crack, linoleum offers a great solution.
When should I clean a lino floor?
Whilst linoleum is popular due to its tough and damage resistant qualities, it does come with its fair share of challenges. Sometimes an experienced hand is required to restore it and ensure it remains looking great. If the surface of your lino has become dull, flat or faded, a steam cleaner should never be used to attempt to restore it. Steam cleaning has the potential to completely destroy lino, melting its surface and even writing off the entire floor. Never work with a cleaning company who does not know the most appropriate cleaning solution for your floor type. If in doubt, speak with one of our friendly team. We’ve worked on hundreds of floors over the years and only ever use the safest and most appropriate cleaning solutions.
Removing rubber marks from lino flooring
Why would anyone resort to steam cleaning lino flooring? Well one issue with linoleum is that it can pick up scuffs from rubber soled shoes surprisingly easily. Many owners think that they can simply pick up a scourer and scrub away to remove these marks. Sometimes this works, but more often than not it requires such a high degree of scrubbing the surface of the linoleum will be damaged in the process. As we’ve noted, steam cleaning is not the answer either. A careful and methodical approach is required to remove marks from lino floor, using specially formulated solutions and tried-and-tested techniques. This is exactly what the team at Tile & Stone Medic specialise in, having both patience and the experience required to achieve great restoration results.
Professional lino floor edge cleaning
Another common problem with lino is the appearance of gaps either at the edge of the floor or in between the individual pieces of lino. This can happen for a number of reasons. Extreme changes in temperature can cause shrinkage, which pulls at the seams of the floor and creates these spaces. In other situations the problem lies with the company who initially laid the flooring, perhaps not being thorough enough in avoiding air gaps during the process. However they were caused, these gaps always attract muck and dirt which make the floor tough to keep clean without professional-grade gear.
Resealing lino flooring
Many man-made floor types like Lino have a shine to their appearance when they are initially installed. This shine looks great, it makes spaces brighter and help a room feel cleaner and less cluttered. This shine can be quickly lost, however, if the floor is not properly maintained. A dull or lifeless looking floor is perhaps the most common issue with lino. Fortunately this is a straightforward fix for an experienced cleaning company like Tile & Stone Medic. Our step by step linoleum cleaning process takes aim at restoring the shine and eliminating dirt and bacteria:
How to care for linoleum flooring
We adjust our cleaning process for your specific floor, but this is often the plan we start with:
Clean up surface dirt using vacuuming or dry mopping
Mopping of the floor using specially formulated solutions for linoleum
Solutions are worked into the floor to loosen engrained dirt
The dirt can then be washed away
If the floor is exceptionally dirty this process can be repeated
The floor is then allowed to dry
Finally, the floor is polished to restore its shine
If you need a little professional help restoring your linoleum floor then reach out to the team at Tile & Stone Medic today. Our punctual and polite engineers arrive on time and work quickly and quietly to deliver better restoration results without disturbing you or your environment.
Lino Floor Cleaning
Over time, the bright colours of lino flooring can fade due to general wear and tear. Our professional cleaning and sealing products can restore it to an almost new state. We can even apply specialist coatings to enhance the colour of the floor, just ask our technicians.
As part of our floor refurbishment work we can secure loose lino tiles, however if the damage to the floor is extensive it may be better to investigate repair options before having the floor refurbished.
We do carry out minor repairs of cracked tiles, however if the damage to your lino floor is more severe you may wish to replace the tiles before arranging your refurbishment.
Lino Floor Cleaning Enquiries
We can appreciate you may not know where to start when cleaning floors and other hard surfaces. Don’t give up! We are your local professional Lino floor cleaning service provider, so contact us today for expert advice and tips from our friendly operators.