Painting Your Linoleum Floor Painting Your Linoleum Floor

What You'll Need
Floor paint
Paint tools (rollers, brushes, etc.)
Paint cleaner
Turpentine
Linen soda
Water
Scrub brush

If you are considering replacing an existing linoleum floor, why not try painting the linoleum floor instead? The fact of the matter is, with a little effort, you may eliminate the need for replacement. If the results are not to your liking, you are basically back where you started. Should the painted floor satisfy your urge for change, you will have saved yourself a lot of money and frustration.

Step 1 - Prepare the Floor

It is important that the linoleum be completely clean. Clean your floor with approved linoleum cleaner. If the floor has been waxed, you must remove the wax. With a mixture of 3/4 cup hot water to 1-cup linen soda, use the scrub brush to remove all wax. If wax has permeated the surface into the pinholes of the linoleum, carefully apply turpentine to areas to melt the wax. Allow the floor to dry completely.

Step 2 - Paint the Floor

You can paint over a completely bare linoleum floor, but it is advisable to polish the floor first. Allow the polish to dry completely. Be certain that there are no dust or dirt particles on the floor. You can use a dry micro-static fiber mop to remove the dust. Paint the floor as desired. You can either paint the existing pattern or completely change the look. Allow the paint to dry completely before allowing any traffic on the surface. Now, hopefully, painting the linoleum floor has produced a new look you enjoy.

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