How to Clean Resilient Tile Floors

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Made from materials like linoleum, vinyl, cork and rubber, resilient tile is a great option if you want a surface that’s easy on the feet and needs minimal maintenance. Keep these tips in mind when cleaning your resilient tile floor:

  • Vinyl Tile: This super resilient flooring type is also easy to maintain. Simply sweep or vacuum up debris and mop with a vinyl cleaning solution or water and vinegar. Never use an abrasive cleaner or scrubbing tool on vinyl as it may scratch the surface.
  • Linoleum Tile: Though it’s often mistaken for vinyl flooring, linoleum is a very different material that has specific cleaning requirements. After sweeping or vacuuming, wash the linoleum tile with linoleum flooring cleaning solution or Borax detergent and water. Rinse clean and let the floor dry. To protect your linoleum floors, apply a coat of wax or liquid wax and buff to a shine every 3 to 6 months.
  • Cork Tile: The cleaning care your cork tile needs will vary based on the finish on your tiles. If the cork surface is sealed with polyurethane (most cork floors are), clean with water and mild detergent or white vinegar, then rinse well. If the cork is unfinished or waxed, follow the cleaning instructions for polyurethane but apply solid or liquid wax once the tile is dry.

Editor’s Tip: Never use a steam mop on any of these tile types. They are not designed to stand up to extreme heat or excess moisture.

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