My floor is covered with years of dirt and I don't know how to fix it.
December 27, 2009 6:30 PM Subscribe
I have no idea if my floor is vinyl or linoleum. What's the best way to clean it?
posted by ohisee to home & garden (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've read over this
post about how to tell if my floor is actually linoleum. However, my floor is individual tiles, and no parts are coming up so I can't see the backing. I live in an old building that has a lot of original features, so it is possible that it's the original floor from 1920. How can I be sure? Does the fact that it's individual tiles mean that yes, it is real linoleum? I've also seen this
which suggests that it's actually vinyl.
Second, if I'm not sure what it's made of, what's the best way to clean it? Is there a method that's safe for both linoleum and vinyl? Should I assume that years of being the floor of a rental unit have left it covered with the residue of a thousand cleaners and not worry so much about it? With all the contradicting information, I don't think I'm going to be 100% confident that I know what it is, so what is my best bet in getting deep black marks off?