How to get grey stains out of old linoleum floor

Kathie Hoyt
by Kathie Hoyt
I sprayed the darkened areas with Dow Scrubbing Bubbles; started with Mr.Clean pad, and was impressed with how much of the old grime lifted. I finished with sniffer type cleansing pad. The cleansing pad did not do as well, but I'm thinking that the next time I wet cleanse the floor, I will spray with Scrubbing Bubbles 1st then use the dry pad, and subsequent cleanings do the same. It's an OLD flooring; about 30 yrs. My husband has been working on the house since we moved into it in 1980, and the bathroom was the first room we re-did. He wants to change the flooring in the bathroom, but isn't ready to do that NOW, so I'm cleaning this remarkably sturdy flooring as best I can. I want EASY & QUICK.
Any other suggestions? Thanks!
  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 15, 2016
    You can try a product called Rejuvenate which will help restore the linoleum. It is available at Home Depot, Home or amazon.
  • Cathy Figahs Cathy Figahs on Feb 15, 2016
    try half a lemon put baking soda on stain rub with the lemon
  • Kathy Meador Wells Kathy Meador Wells on Feb 16, 2016
    Ammonia, make sure you have the area ventilated. You can also try 409, it is great.
  • Jac K Jac K on Feb 16, 2016
    If the incorrect adhesive was used during installation, after years of working it's way up, the stains are from that and will not come out. Guess how I know :(
  • Barbara C Barbara C on Feb 16, 2016
    I would try a mixture of bleach and water,let stand for a few minutes.If that does not help,the floor has probably faded out over the years. Replace it.
    • Kathie Hoyt Kathie Hoyt on Feb 17, 2016
      @Barbara C Yes, barbara, we are going to replace that floor. My husband does all the home improvement himself, and he wants some kind of tile. In the MEANTIME, I just want to spruce up this floor until that happens. Could take a few more years! :)
  • Kim Kim on Feb 16, 2016
    I have 30 year old white linoleum. I have been successful using Magic Eraser to get rid of the grimy ground in ick.
  • Cndy Cndy on Feb 16, 2016
    Use scrubbing bubbles foam on a three foot area. Let sit one minute then wipe up with a sponge and then damp mop with just water. Since my floor finish seemed dull, I used an Armstrong floor shine finish to resell it and this made future spills very easy to clean.
  • Kathie Hoyt Kathie Hoyt on Feb 17, 2016
    Well, as I replied to Barbara, my husband does all the home improvement in our house. He wants to put some kind of tile in the bathroom; but until THAT happens, I just wanted to spruce up the old linoleum to make it more presentable. Could take him a few years to decide and finish THAT project. I have not tried the White wall tire cleaner yet. I'll let you know how that works!