How do you get greasy yellowed oil stains off linoleum?

by Joyceab
its tracked in from the garage.
  5 answers
  • Lyn Therese Lyn Therese on Jul 15, 2015
    I have the same problem in a bathroom. I was told that is oil from the composition of asphalt on the driveway. It will not come off. I was told it had to just be replaced. I'm going to tag this question because if someone knows how to remove it, I would like to know also. Much cheaper to clean than to replace.
  • Angela Hyman Angela Hyman on Jul 16, 2015
    I could use an answer to this question too. On my limited, VERY limited budget, replacement is just not going to happen anytime soon.
  • Elihen Elihen on Jul 16, 2015
    Yeah, this is a tricky one folks, and stain removal also tricky and possibly hazardous. Old linolium flooring (the original) is an organic product, “linum” (“flax”) and “oleum” (“oil”), and in the late 1800's was invented mixing linolium oil, cork and sawdust in an adhisive process to a burlap backing. If your floors are oooold, as in original to a home buildt early 19000's, and made of this composite it is possible to rub linseed oil into the flooring with oilcloth, thereby evening out the oil spill. In practical terms, your basically re-oiling the floor with a super thin oil film. When it is fully absorbed, you buff the floor with cotton rags. It will shine as never before, and be waterproofed. However, this poses obvious risks as linseed oil is highly flamable. Modern day linoleum flooring is not linoleum attall, but rather a polyvinyl chloride, a PVC composite. Also an organic product, however PVC is a petrolium biproduct and needs a light petrolium based oil like sewing maschine oil f.ex. It may be worth a try in a corner, behind the toilet or under the tub using a light cooking oil such as rapeseed oil on original linoleum, and sewing maschine oil on modern linoleum. Good luck!
  • Cori H Cori H on Jul 16, 2015
    I have found an awesome DIY cleaner that I've found works on cleaning everything from soap scum out of the shower to the oven racks to grease/oil build up on the stove. It's 2 oz Dawn Liquid, 4 oz lemon juice, 8 oz white vinegar and 10 oz water. Just mix in a spray bottle and go to work. Most things if you just spray it on and let it sit for a little bit, it comes right off.
  • Sibby2 Sibby2 on Jul 16, 2015
    I have on haven't tried this on lino, but I spray WD40 and a squirt of dish washing detergent on grease and oil stains on clothing. Give the stain a quick rub and then wash as normal in the washing machine and the clothes come out looking like new minus the stains. Perhaps you could try this in an inconspicuous part of the floor and see if the stain budges, good luck!