I live in a rental and the kitchen flooring has linoleum. Linoleum is long lasting and durable over time, and also cheap, making it the best floor covering, especially for rentals. However, linoleum needs a good maintenance in order to keep it looking fresh and clean, otherwise it will turn yellow.

Why is linoleum turning yellow over time?

This floor covering is made of raw materials, including linseed oil. When this oil is blocked from the sunlight it begins to oxidize and it may change its color. Though, linoleum flooring can stain or turn yellow due to throw rugs, spills, or because of improper cleaning agents. Sometimes, waxing the flooring may trap dirt particles and dust, making it look less than brand new.

Needed Supplies:

  • 1 gallon of cold water
  • Bleach
  • White vinegar
  • Rubber gloves
  • Bucket
  • Measuring cup
  • Cloths
  • Mop

How to proceed:

  • In a bucket, mix 1 gallon of cold water with 1 quart of bleach and put on the rubber gloves.
  • Soak a cotton cloth in this solution.
  • Start washing the linoleum flooring with the cotton cloth, and continue to saturate the cloth while going along with this process.
  • Leave the solution to soak for at least 30 minutes to an hour. Monitor the stain and allow the solution to soak longer if necessary.
  • Soak up the solution with another cotton cloth and rinse the floor with clean and cold water.
  • Rinse out your bucket and pour in a 1/2 gallon of white vinegar. Add 1/2 gallon of cool water.
  • Soak the mop in this solution and start wiping the linoleum flooring, then rinse it with clean and cold water.

Tip: If there are any stubborn yellowish strains left on the linoleum flooring, you can prepare a paste of baking soda and vinegar and apply it over the yellowish stains and let it act for 10 minutes. After the times elapsed, Take a scouring pad and start rubbing the stain until its gone.