How to Take Care of Linoleum Floor Tile

While we may associate linoleum floor tile mainly with the 1940s and ‘50s—just before the introduction of vinyl flooring—linoleum was actually patented in 1860. Linoleum can be as much as 150 years old! Rubber manufacturer Fredrick Walton invented it as a cheap substitute for a more expensive rubber composition called Kamptulicon, and together with inventor Fredrick Thomas Palmer went on to invent two types of linoleum wall coverings; both the floor and the wall covering were commonly used in Victorian homes.

The name linoleum comes from the Latin words linum, meaning flax, and oleum, oil. Linoleum is made of linseed oil, pigments, pine rosin, and pine flour. Unlike vinyl flooring, which may be laid in large sheets on a roll, linoleum is installed in tiles of nine or twelve inches in diameter.

Taking care of linoleum floor tile is pretty easy. You can usually clean it with a mop and warm water; if it needs additional cleaning, try ¼ cup vinegar mixed with a quart of warm water, or a few drops of dish liquid dissolved in the water, or a product made for the care of linoleum floor tile, such as a linoleum floor cleaner. Once it is clean, you can keep it looking nice with a good quality linoleum floor wax. Pro Shot® Floor Restorer keeps linoleum floor tile looking new and it works better than a linoleum floor wax. It goes down in one easy application, dries to a mirror-like finish in about 30 minutes, and is UL-listed for slip resistance. Pro Shot® contains no petroleum, so it’s safer for kids and pets.