Long live the floor – with the proper care

A high-quality linoleum floor is long-lasting by nature – with the proper care. Linoleum can last for up to 40 years, before it must be replaced. In the Barner convalescent home in Braunlage, Germany, the original inlaid linoleum floors have survived in colourful, ornamental patterns for almost 100 years – despite the continuous operation of the home. The main reason for this is the proper treatment of the material and its regular cleaning and care.

Untreated flooring leads to increased wear and tear. In particular, granular dirt scratches away the surface. With its proven LPX and PUR Eco surface treatments, Armstrong offers two different protective finishes for its linoleum flooring. These protect the floor surface exceptionally well against different types of stains, and form the foundation of the floor’s ongoing cleaning and care. Depending on how dirty the DLW Linoleum is, an initial or post-installation cleaning can be done by simply using a neutral or alcohol-based cleaner. It is no longer necessary to thoroughly clean and treat the floor if it has either surface finish, depending on area of application.

Maintenance cleaning

Maintenance cleaning can be done with a damp or wet mop. A small amount of dirt can also simply be swept or vacuumed up. A more seriously soiled floor can be cleaned by hand or with a power buffer by using a combined cleaning/care product for floors with the LPX Finish, or by using a simple cleaning agent, for instance an alcohol-based cleaner, for floors with the PUR finish. Floor cleaning machines that can scrub and vacuum in one step are recommended for large spaces.

Thorough cleaning

A thorough cleaning can be effective for very stubborn stains. This is done by first applying the appropriate cleaner, as described in the manufacturer’s user manual, diluted with water. After approximately 10 minutes, depending on the manufacturer, the dirt can be removed by using a power buffer (single or multiple pad) with a soft scrub brush or a light pad. The surface is subsequently rinsed with water and thoroughly dried. Linoleum without a protective finish should be treated with care products. For DLW Linoleum with an LPX Finish or PUR coating, this treatment is not necessary.

Dry restoration of the protective finish

Linoleum floors with several layers of protective finish can be restored using a dry restoration method. This requires the use of a floor machine with the appropriate pads. For example, green or blue pads to scour the protective finish and then red or beige pads to buff it. Using this method, only the actual soiled or damaged protective coating layers are dry scrubbed, creating an even matting of the uppermost protective coating. Dust is simultaneously vacuumed by the machine, and the remaining dust on the floor is subsequently removed. At this point, a new layer of polymer dispersion is applied with a mop, and after it dries, it is then polished with a power buffer on a soft pad.

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