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Care for Marmoleum Flooring

Mel Frank

Marmoleum flooring is becoming more popular in many homes today. It is made from a natural linseed oil that works perfectly for people who are allergic to the chemical elements of linoleum flooring. While there are several retail products available for cleaning Marmoleum floors, these can be expensive, contain harsh chemicals, and may be no more effective than a simple, low-cost homemade solution.


A simple vinegar solution will clean, disinfect and deodorize Marmoleum flooring. In a bucket, mix a solution of 1 gallon of water and 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Apply this solution to your floor using a mop or sponge, and your floor will quickly be disinfected, restoring the flooring to its natural shine.

Dish Detergent and Baking Soda

A simple solution of detergent and baking soda will clean, cut grime and deodorize your Marmoleum floor. In a bucket, mix 1 gallon of water, 1/2 cup baking soda and 10 drops liquid dish detergent. Clean the floors with a mop or sponge, and this solution will leave your Marmoleum flooring clean, odor-free and will also leave behind a streak-free shine.


Borax works to disinfect Marmoleum flooring without damaging the finish. In a bucket, mix 1 gallon warm water with 1 cup borax (available near the laundry detergent in any supermarket). Clean your flooring as usual with a mop or sponge, and let air dry.

Creating a Scented Floor Cleaner

To create a scented floor cleaner, choose any of the cleaning solutions mentioned above and add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Lemon essential oil or lemon juice will create a citrus-scented cleaning product, while peppermint oil or chamomile oil will create a sweet, soothing scent throughout the room.