What is Marmoleum?
Marmoleum is, generally speaking, a brand of linoleum. Know how to clean Marmoleum starts with understanding what Marmoleum is. It was first manufactured in the second half of the 1800’s. It is made from mainly natural materials and there are many brands offering organic Marmoleum flooring options.
Due to this, Marmoleum is proving to be even more popular now than ever before. This environmentally friendly and sustainable option is comprised of linseed oil, wood flour, jute and pine resin. Now, you may be thinking that an organic floor sounds a bit too high maintenance, and although you may share that belief with many other people, we are here to tell you just how to clean your Marmoleum floor without fuss.
Marmoleum floors generally have no odour, so they are a great option for anyone with sensitive sinuses! It is a durable flooring solution but it does come with its own cleaning quirks! There are a few guidelines that are essential to follow, however, if you take care of the basics then you are sure to have a Marmoleum floor that will last you for many years to come.
Before we get started on how t clean Marmoleum floors, let us examine a few of Marmoleum’s unique characteristics. This way, when you read through our guide on how to clean Marmoleum floors, you will find that it is a small bit of effort in exchange for one of the most sustainable and contemporary flooring options on the market.
- certified sustainable and environmentally friendly flooring option.
- you can even purchase an organic option.
- zero odour
- wide variety of colours, shapes, and styles to choose from
- durable if taken care of properly
- anti-static (say goodbye to dust build-ups!)
- ne of the only floors that actually have been proven to have a built-in system to prevent micro-organism from making your floor into a home
- natural bactericidal qualities
- Marmoleum flooring was a pivotal point in the prevention of food-related bacterias and diseases in commercial kitchens. Marmoleum prevents the growth of Salmonella- all this thanks to the linseed oil!
The above outlined points are just a handful of the great qualities that Marmoleum flooring has! So then, how to clean Marmoleum flooring?
This guide will help you to understand the best way to clean your Marmoleum floor without damaging it.
- First of all, you need to have a clean mindset. Set it in your mind that any spills or mess should be cleaned up immediately and not be left to simmer on the floor. If your Marmoleum is also being used as a kitchen counter, then endure that you wipe up any damp moisture.
- Vacuum and wipe the surface with a damp cloth at least once per week.
- If you notice any loose dirt on the floor, then clean it up! Use a vacuum or even a microfibre duster or cloth.
- Here’s a big one: do you have any animals or pets living in the house with you? For the good of your floor, make sure that they are trained to not urinate on the floor. This is because Marmoleum is easily stained by urine. Especially cat urine. If you do see that your pet has urinated on the floor then clean it up immediately. The best way to clean this up is to use a PH neutral cleaner. Use a paper towel to remove most of the liquid and then use the neutral cleaner with a damp cloth to get rid of any remaining urine.
- Always clean Marmoleum flooring with a cleaner that will not cause your Marmoleum any harm. This usually means purchasing a specific cleaning detergent for your Marmoleum floor. You can purchase them here. Usually, you will use approximately 1 ounce of the detergent with 1 gallon water. Why the need to use a specific Marmoleum floor cleaner? Because Marmoleum consists primarily of natural materials strong detergents can comprise the material. Cleaners that have a strong bleach or a high acidity, or even a high alkalinity, can damage or stain the Marmoleum floor.
- Never use an excess amount of water when cleaning. It is best to use a micro-fiber cloth. If you do use a mop then ensure it is squeezed of water and doesn’t drench the floor.
- When you are cleaning the floor and you notice loose dirt, then take a clean and dry cloth (or mop) and remove the loose grit.
- Stubborn Dirt? Find yourself a nylon scrubber. These are usually gentle on the floor and will still do the dirty work. Look for one with soft bristles.
- After you have cleaned the floor with the PH neutral detergent, rinse the floor with clean water. Again, do not drench the floor. Simply use a damp cloth or mop.
- If the floor is very wet then take a towel or cloth and dry it. Otherwise, if you just used a damp mop to rinse, you should be able to let it air dry.
- As outlined initially, take care to regularly sweep or vacuum your floor. Also, wash the floor as described above at least once per week, more if you have pets or children who like to play outside.
How to clean Marmoleum when you spill:
- Clean it up immediately
- First, use paper towels to soak up spills.
- For spots, use a plastic tool to scrape them off.
- Dilute Marmoleum cleaner to clean where the spot or spill is.
- After using the cleaner, then go over it once more with clean water.
- If there is still a mark left behind then repeat the process.
For substances that are more stubborn such as coffee, glue, wine, ink, paint, etc. follow this guide to clean Marmoleum:
- First of all, clean it as outlined above for regular spills and stains.
- Assess the damage. If you think that you will be able to clean it with a few more repeat cleans then you are in luck and probably caught the mess in time before it did serious damage to the surface finish.
- If, however, there is no significant improvement then the solution is to actually remove the surface finish. This is because in most cases the substance has either soaked through the finish or bonded so well that the only fix is to remove both the stain and the finish.
How to remove the stain:
- Use undiluted Marmoleum cleaner. Leave it on the stain or spot for 3 minutes.
- Using a nylon scrubber, rub the cleaner into the stain.
- Rinse with clean water.
- Repeat if the stain persists.
- After the surface has dried off then restore the finish. You can get some finish here.
Handy tips to keep your Marmoleum floor looking bright and new:
1. Cleaning between grooves:
- Use a nylon brush, like a nail cleaner, to clean in-between the tiles. Make sure that you use one with soft bristles so you do not cause any damage.
- Use a highly diluted solution of warm water and just a touch of detergent.
- Use a dry towel or cloth to remove excess moisture or residue.
2. Shoe Marks?
- Often heels can leave black marks. Clean Marmoleum floor with some WD40.
- Spray a small amount onto the mark and then rub it in with a dry cloth.
- Wipe it away with a dampened cloth.
- Use mats or rugs to protect areas such as entrances.
- Use felt caps underneath furniture legs.
And lastly, enjoy your natural Marmoleum floor! You can find a wide assortment of styles and colours to choose from at our store. Visit our blog regularly for helpful hints and top secrets for maintaining your floor.
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