Apply full strength distilled white vinegar directly to tough linoleum stains. Leave it on 10-15 minutes before wiping up. If that doesn't work, apply it again and sprinkle baking soda over the vinegar. Scrub with brush or sponge. Rinse with clean water.
By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
Whenever you mix baking soda with vinegar, you get nothing but salt water. One or the other by itself might clean, but if you use them together, you might just as well use plain water. I will take your word on it that vinegar will remove a stain (and it very well might, being a mild acid), but if you wish to use baking soda, don't use it with the vinegar. Baking soda by itself is a mild base, and also will clean. Separately - they work. Together - they do nothing.
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I have linoleum floors in bathroom. I have a black stain on some of the linoleum behind the door and other places. I have tried Comet, vinegar, paint thinner, and regular cleaning products. The stain hasn't budged. What can I do? Thanks.
By Wojo from Nashville, TN
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