No. Unfortunately, a reaction has occurred between the floor and the rugs. It is typically worse where a throw rug has been placed on a floor and sunlight hits the rug. The heat intensifies the reaction and you can have brown dappling!
Continue to cover the affected areas or learn to live with it or use floor tiles if the area allows for it.
Some words from Armstrong Flooring:
"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 nonstaining 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."
This is not a solution, but I had this problem and over time the yellow has disappeared. I started using a different type of rug of course. Other than that I just mop the floor as usual and sometimes clean extra dirty areas with Softscrub or baking soda. The Softscrub would probably ruin your finish - I didn't care. I don't know what got rid of it, but it is gone over time. (01/12/2005)
Nothing you can do now. It's stained, however, you can paint it! I did and it turned out beautiful. Go to Home Depot, get a primer, latex paint any polyeurthene. It will do the job. You can stencil the floor, or stamp it prior to putting on the polyeurthene for extra decoration.
Good Luck. (01/12/2005)
I'd never thought of painting linoleum but it sounds like an interesting idea. Before doing something that drastic though, try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. They are cheap and it's definitely worth a try. I've removed stains from things that nothing else has removed.
Susan from ThriftyFun (01/12/2005)
I tried Mr. clean eraser. It does NOT work for cleaning up the yellow stains from the rubber back rugs. Any other suggestions or is it stained forever? (11/17/2005)
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