To seal a newly laid linoleum floor is not as hard as most commercial cleaning companies tend to make out. However, there are a few simple steps that need to be taken to ensure that the linoleum flooring of your contract stays looking as good as possible for quite a few years to come.
First, it is imperative that any adhesives be removed from any corners or joins in the floor before any sealant goes on to it. never seal in adhesives. Use mineral turps if necessary and immediately rinse off with water. Linoleum is easily damaged by strong solvents so be very careful and follow the manufacturers instructions on this at all times.
Next you need to prepare the surface for sealing. You need to cut back the factory polymer sealer and residual resins before you seal the floor as this will ensure a superior adhesion of the new sealer. you should never seal a newly laid linoleum floor without at least cutting back once lightly. A word of caution though. Linoleum floors are very prone to ‘burning’ or ‘browning’ so be very careful as to your choice of pads and chemicals you use on the floor. Consult your chemical company if you are unsure before you begin the job.It is preferable to rinse the floor twice with new linoleum flooring with warm water.