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Effective ways to remove yellow stains from linoleum flooring

Are you wondering why your linoleum flooring is turning yellow despite your best cleaning efforts? As a flooring store in Calgary, we are often asked how to remove these yellow stains, as your typical warm water, cleanser, and mop won’t do the trick.

The good news is, there is a simple solution using flooring care products that effectively removes linoleum stains. Below are steps to keep your linoleum flooring in Calgary clean and fresh.

What causes yellow stains on linoleum flooring?

Linoleum flooring is a durable and long-lasting floor covering made of raw materials, including linseed oil. When this oil is blocked from sunlight, it begins to oxidize and turns linoleum flooring yellow or different colours over time. This is one of the most common reasons linoleum flooring starts yellowing. Other causes of yellowing include:

  • Trapped moisture – Linoleum flooring that has been incorrectly installed can trap moisture through the subfloor and cause yellowing from underneath the floor. In this case, you’ll see a distinct discolouration where the moisture occurs.
  • Certain cleaning products – Products with ammonia or solvents can wear down the sealant on linoleum flooring, and the chemical reaction can cause yellow stains or fading.
  • UV damage – Harsh UV rays can discolour furniture, leather goods, hardwood flooring, and yes, linoleum flooring! Long-term UV exposure can cause areas to fade, which is most noticeable under windows where a lot of sunlight filters through.
  • Mold and mildew – Although water-resistant, linoleum flooring is not entirely waterproof. Constant moisture or exposure to liquids will gradually damage the floor and cause mold and mildew growth, which can lead to yellowing.
  • Contact with certain materials – Furniture, rugs, and equipment that remain on the floor undisturbed can result in discolouration over time.

How to remove yellow stains from linoleum floors

The most effective and safest way to remove stains from linoleum flooring is to use high-quality cleaning products combined with a natural cleaning solution.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Linoleum floor cleaner
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice
  • Sponge or soft rag
  • Broom or vacuum
  • Mop and bucket

Follow this step-by-step guide to remove yellow stains:

  1. Vacuum or sweep away dirt and debris from the area.
  2. Mix baking soda and lemon juice to form a paste.
  3. Apply baking soda and lemon juice paste directly onto the yellow stains.
  4. Let sit for 10-15 minutes to effectively lift the stains.
  5. Use a soft rag or sponge to wipe the mixture away.
  6. Mix a gallon of hot water and a few drops of floor cleaner.
  7. Dip your mop in the bucket and wring it out thoroughly before mopping your linoleum flooring.

Once complete, remove any lingering cleaning solution or flooring care products by rinsing the floor with clean hot water. You’ll want to dry the surface with towels since excess moisture can be dangerous for linoleum flooring.

How often your linoleum flooring needs to be cleaned depends on a few different factors. How heavily trafficked is the space? Is it in an area where dirt, mud, and grime are frequent? Does your linoleum flooring often see food or liquid spills?

Typically, it’s ideal to sweep regularly and mop weekly to maintain your linoleum floor and keep it looking new.

Key takeaways

Linoleum flooring is an eco-friendly and resilient flooring material that can withstand the test of time – if maintained properly. As with most residential flooring, taking the necessary precautions and maintaining the cleanliness of your floor will ensure its longevity.

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