White spot on vinyl planking- help?

Bernice H
by Bernice H
We installed vinyl planking in the kitchen. I put Mannington polish down, and a couple of hours later I put a vase without water on the floor. This was about 2 weeks ago. I went back to check the house and there is a big white spot on the floor where the vase was. I tried with a wet paper towel to see if it would come off. Nope. Any suggestions? House is pending sale so I have to do something soon. We do have planks left over, but I would rather not have an installer come back and redo this spot.KMS Woodworks Anyone??
Brand new floor!!
very very noticeable!
This is the culprit, or actually I am. I just tried to bring a little color in the room!
  19 answers
    • Kelly Kelly on Aug 19, 2014
      That's Watco Danish Oil which comes in many finishes. I use it all the time and it's great. You can get it at Home Depot or Lowes and probably most big box stores.
  • B B on Aug 19, 2014
    I would contact the manufacturer before I did anything else especially if it's under warranty.
  • Shari Shari on Aug 19, 2014
    Several months ago, I bought a Bissell steam mop. Bissell says on their website if you let the mop linger too long in one spot, it can leave a milky spot or streak on waxed floors and it can be removed with vinegar and water. I suspect the wax was not completely cured and setting the vase on the floor trapped enough moisture to cause the milky white spot. I would try Bissell's recommendation of wiping the spot with a little white vinegar and water. If it removes it, you may need to reapply wax to that area.
    • Bernice H Bernice H on Aug 19, 2014
      @Shari thank you ....I do remember years ago I cleaned houses. I had left the bucket of hot water on the kitchen floor, which was vinyl. When I picked it up, I was horrified to see a big white spot on the floor. I scrubbed and scrubbed with vinegar and dish det and water. Finally I had to give up and figure I just had to fess up and maybe pay for it. Later when I finished the rest of the house, I went back into the kitchen and voila! it was gone. To say I was relieved is an understatement. But I never figured why the bucket of water on a vinyl floor....would do that. so maybe I will see another miracle and it will heal itself!!!
  • Jona Vos Jona Vos on Aug 19, 2014
    I did my table (wood) with an medium hot iron and a clean cloth! And it worked exelent! You can try it. But watch out with the temperatur. Make ik slowly a bit hotter! The stain is moist and it wil go away with the hot iron! Good luck.
  • Marcia Kaiser Marcia Kaiser on Aug 19, 2014
    try using a hair dryer on high, and have lots of rags to wipe it up as it heats up.
    • Bernice H Bernice H on Aug 19, 2014
      @Marcia Kaiser hmm I don't understand what you mean? there was no water involved...
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Aug 20, 2014
    I think she means that there was moisture trapped by the vase. Which makes sense since it looks like a water mark. I would also check the bottom of the vase and see if the finish rubs off - just a hunch. If it's paint or some other type of finish from the vase bottom, then all the suggestions for removing moisture won't work (and may make it worse).
  • Bernice H Bernice H on Aug 22, 2014
    Happy happy happy......I tried using vinegar, it disappeared for a few minutes, then came back! Today I called the company..no, no real ideas, just buy their wax stripper. In the meantime hubs went up to the house and tried paint thinner first. The spot came back. Then he used gasoline...gasp..shock..and voila, the spot is gone. He said something about like dissolves like, petroleum product .., what ever. Well I didn't believe him, so I drove all the way up there to see for myself. wow! I cant believe it, don't care how it was done, but it is gone!! So.... am Happy happy happy! Thanks everyone for trying to help!
  • Karen Kay Babineaux Karen Kay Babineaux on Jan 01, 2015
    Have you tried a small amount of toothpaste on a damp wash cloth?
  • Sherrie Sherrie on Jan 01, 2015
    You could try using on some floors we use acetone finger nail polish remover. Wipe on wipe off. It works in some floors.
  • Jan Vire Jan Vire on Jan 01, 2015
    We had a very similar thing happen just last week. Four very hot soup bowls left four circular white spots on my wooden dining room table. I tried ironing with a medium hot dry iron over a thin towel. I worked on it for quite a while-ironing with the grain and wiping away the moisture that appeared on the surface with a dry towel. It looked really good. I thought it was resolved so I rubbed on a coat of non wax cleaner/polish. The next day, the white spots had reappeared-although not as prominently. I got a tiny tube of white (non gel) toothpaste and again rubbed the spots with the toothpaste and a damp cloth. I rubbed vigoracely on all four spots. Then I wiped it all clean with another clean, damp cloth and dried it with a dry cloth. Again, I used the cleaner/polish on the entire table. Well, the table looks better than new. My husband said I should use the toothpaste method on all of our furniture because it turned out so well.
  • Sherrie Sherrie on Jan 02, 2015
    Happy he knew that Bernice! I will remember that next time I need it. Thanks for sharing the solution!
    • Bernice H Bernice H on Jan 03, 2015
      @Sherrie Thanks sherrie...yes rereading this for myself, I am reliving the horror , if you want to call it that, fear? anyway, if I had known he was going to do that, I would have had a cow! But, I didn't . I don't think he actually knew what he was doing, but it worked. Another time I ran into a pine tree we had just finished pruning, and lots of tar ended up on my car. I scrubbed with lots of different things. the auto service manager told me to use simple green, not to use this, that and the other thing..nothing worked to get it off. I mentioned it to hubs. A couple of days later, I said, oh wow, the repair shop got the tar off the car!! He started laughing..really? He again used gasoline and it took it right off. The service mgr had said not to use anything like that, but off it came and the paint is just fine! He and I do speak a different language~!
  • Tanya Dorling Tanya Dorling on Nov 15, 2015
    my floor was laid last week put a plastic mat down for my cat . now i have a white square i hope these ideas and tips will work on mine . Is there anyway to prevent it in the first place ??? thanks
    • Bernice H Bernice H on Nov 15, 2015
      I sure wouldn't put that particular mat down again,might be a chemical reaction depending on what floor and mat are. If you use it put paper or something under the mat. I have read a warning about a reaction like this,but can't remember where.
  • Yurani Rey Contreras Yurani Rey Contreras on Nov 19, 2015
    Hi Bernice, try with a hot iron over the white circle. (just 3 seconds). It happened to me with a wooden table.
  • Lyn Therese Lyn Therese on Nov 24, 2015
    You will need to use a damp cloth of Formby's furniture restorer.......put some on a cloth and wipe lightly. Wipe with clean rag and warm water. Than use lemon oil or Tung oil on rag to bring back the shine. This happens all the time with water rings on the wood furniture. Using Formby's simply removes the thin layer of finish and than you apply lemon oil or Tung oil and rub it in the wood. The water marks are only on the top surface of the wood. Remember ceramic vases are usually porous at the bottom. It takes awhile to completely dry the vase out so always put it on a coaster. Some planters are the same way. Feel the bottom of the vase or planter and it will feel rough when you touch it.
  • Lorraine Linley Lorraine Linley on Sep 11, 2017

    It is condensation trapped in the clear surface wear layer of the vinyl.The vase must have had moisture somewhere underneath it. Uncover the spot and leave it to dry and it should just go back to its original state as the condensation evaporates. This will depend on how warm the room is and the ventilation. You don't need to use any products at all. It's not the same as fringe on a wood table or floor so don't be using furniture restorer or vinegar or toothpaste or anything abrasive it just needs to dry. Don't iron it either!

  • Kim Kim on Jan 13, 2018

    this happened to me and I found a super easy solution. I used a hairdryer and set it to hot and just blewdry the area until it disappeared. Worked like magic!! No need to iron!

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    • Bernice H Bernice H on Jan 13, 2018

      Thanks....we realize now that would probably better than doin* what hubs did...but that was a few years ago and we didn’t know what we know now!

  • Steve Steve on Mar 12, 2018

    I had the same problem with water marks on our vinyl flooring and I was hesitant to use gasoline so I tried lemon oil, which is another petroleum product. It worked beautifully! The spots disappeared immediately -- and it smells like lemons rather than gasoline. Several different manufacturers make it. Weiman is one of them. The only negative is that it made the floor a bit slippery, but that got better after I spent a little time rubbing in the excess oil. Thanks for posting!

  • Bernice H Bernice H on Mar 12, 2018

    THanks for posting..also. That is good to know,if heaven forbid that ever happens again! That was a pit in the stomach feel. Brand new floor! House for sale! 🙀

  • SRed SRed on Nov 26, 2019

    I have luxury vinyl flooring in my kitchen and about 15 white circles have appeared in different areas of the flooring. It looks as if the vinyl has faded. I have the grey"distressed" planks but I instantly see the circles as soon as I walk into the kitchen. I have tried toothpaste, fairy liquid and bicarbonate of soda but nothing works. I'm not sure what's causing it but driving me mad. Any ideas what I could do to get rid of circles?