Floors

Published on May 7th, 2013 | by Henri

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Linoleum under rugs turns yellow

Q.    I have a 20-year-old linoleum kitchen floor that has yellowed in areas that are under scatter rugs. Do you have any recommendations on how to remove the yellowing from these areas?

A.    Your scatter rugs must have a rubber back to prevent them from sliding underfoot. The antioxidant in the rubber compound is responsible for the yellow staining of the linoleum flooring.

Sorry, but there is nothing that can be done to remove the yellow stain although you may want to try a Gro-Lite. Put it as close to the stained areas of the floor as recommended for plants. Check it frequently and stop as soon as the treatment is successful. But it may take several weeks. And how practical is this in a kitchen?

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