Vinyl/Linoleum Floor Stains

Would you know how to get "blueish" stains out of linoleum, maybe caused from the rubber backing of a bathroom rug?
joeearl 12/7/06 10:28pm

Rubber-backed carpets can provide warmth and comfort in baths and kitchen.  Unfortunately, they can also permanently damage many vinyl and linoleum floors.  Here's why:  Anti-oxidants, added to the rubber during the manufacturing process to prevent the rubber from drying out, react chemically with the sheet flooring.  This chemical reaction results in a permanent color change.  So, unfortunately, what you are seeing is not a "stain" that can be removed.  It is a physical change in the color of the flooring that can not be reversed.

Flooring manufacturers often warn of this condition in their used guides.  For example, the following paragraph appears on the website for Armstrong Floors:

"Place a walk-off mat at outside entrances to reduce the amount of dirt brought into your home. We do not recommend the use of rubber- or latex-backed mats because the chemical (antioxidant) used to keep the backing from becoming brittle can permanently stain your floor. We suggest a non-staining vinyl-backed mat or a woven rug that is colorfast. Most of these products are identified "colorfast" by the manufacturer. All Armstrong floor care products have been specifically developed to care for Armstrong floors. You may purchase Armstrong floor care products at your local flooring retailer."

At this point your only option is to replace the flooring, or just buy a bigger (and non-staining) carpet!

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