How do you clean yellowed linoleum ?

by Tew26758651

Tried all sorts of cleaners, nothing has worked.

  16 answers
  • R Walter R Walter on Sep 19, 2018

    My experience from years ago is that the top layer (sealer) is what has yellowed. Much like oil based top coats on light colored cabinets and light colored oil based paints. I don't know whether painting is the the way to go since I have no experience in that department but have seen several videos on u-tube with rave results. Just google how to paint Linoleum and several web sites will pop up

  • Kim Kim on Sep 19, 2018

    i had yellowed flooring as well. I tried everything also. Even straight bleach didn’t work. We ended up buying new flooring. Now I see that there are vinyl floor painting techniques. Wish I knew about back then! Best of luck!

  • Chriss Grijak Chriss Grijak on Sep 20, 2018

    A friend had the same problem and she was told to use hydrogen peroxide! She sprayed it on and let it set for a few minutes. What an amazing transformation when it was wiped off! Good luck!

  • Melita Todd Melita Todd on Sep 20, 2018

    If you have good ventilation use straight ammonia.

  • Gay22113838 Gay22113838 on Sep 21, 2018

    I had excellent luck with a professional steam clean. The heat removes the stained layer ... then apply new clear vinyl coating as you normally would like mop n glo ... do a couple of coats.

  • Pat Long Pat Long on Sep 22, 2018

    The best way I have found is to use dishwasher liquid. I use the cheaper brand not the Cascade.

    Squirt a small area, wait about five minutes and wipe it off. You will be amazed. Easy Peasy?

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Sep 22, 2018

    Sorry the yellowing will not come off

  • Tew26758651 Tew26758651 on Sep 22, 2018

    I’m afraid Kathy you might be right. I have tried a few of the suggestions above and didn’t work. I haven’t tried the dishwasher soap yet. If that doesn’t work then will have to replace. Thanks for all the ideas.

  • Kelly-n-Tony Kelly-n-Tony on Oct 19, 2018

    It's a chemical reaction to something you changed it with possibly. We had a rubber backed rug cause it on ours aand nothing would fix it.

  • Amanda Pryor-Payne Amanda Pryor-Payne on Oct 19, 2018

    Try spreading baking soda on it and spraying vinegar on top of the baking soda. It will start to bubble. Let it sit for a few mins, then rinse with warm to hot water. Also works for unclogging shower drains and sinks. Plus vinegar is an AWESOME cleaner for just about anything and everything!! I even use it in our laundry!! Hope this helps

  • Jsjdhdhd Jsjdhdhd on Nov 06, 2022

    Where’s the answer?

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Feb 02, 2023

    Here are several tips and tricks that might help you

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 02, 2023

    Mix baking soda and lemon juice to form a paste. Apply baking soda and lemon juice paste directly onto the yellow stains. Let sit for 10-15 minutes to effectively lift the stains. Use a soft rag or sponge to wipe the mixture away.

  • Francesca Van Daele Francesca Van Daele on Feb 04, 2024

    Mixing baking soda and vinegar doesn't do anything. The bubbling looks cool but is just part of the chemical reaction that makes a salt. So. Don't do that. Unless you like salt bubbles.

  • Janice Janice on Feb 05, 2024

    You might try hydrogen peroxide. I had a similar yellowing problem in my shower stall which is some type of plastic. Just spray it on and leave it there for about 10 minutes then wipe up with a soft cloth, then rinse with clear water and dry.

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 06, 2024

    Hello, hope this helps you.

    I had been experimenting with various methods before I ever resorted to a search on YouTube, for any "How to's" videos. what I found to be somewhat effective was this,

    1.) Sprinkle baking soda onto the area, covering the area in a fully covered layer.

    2.) Cut a lemon in half, and squeeze the juices out of it all over the area that's covered with baking soda. * Do Not Throw Away Lemons Yet *

    (You'll begin to notice a reaction with the two ingredients.)

    3.) Allow to sit for about 3-5 mins. You will probably see that the solution has turned yellow.

    4.) Use the lemon halves as your scouring pad. Working in circular motions scrub the area. Repeat proces if necessary.

    This worked well for my yellow stain in my bathroom. It just takes a lot of elbow grease and persistence.