Removing Rubber Backed Rugs Stains on a Vinyl Floor

October 22, 2006

A rug sitting on a vinyl floor.How do I clean yellow stains off a vinyl floor caused by area rugs?

Lauri from Pottstown, PA



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March 24, 20072 found this helpful
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I have this same problem, have removed rugs and they are not going away...Have tried bleach, different cleaners nothing works. Any ideas that would be helpful that would be great. I agree why would they make rugs that do this!!""

By Will (Guest Post)
October 5, 20071 found this helpful
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The staining is most likely attributed to the antioxidants that are placed into the rubber backing to help maintain the rubber's integrity. Over time and exposure to UV and Ozone, rubber products can break down. (dry rot). The problem lies in that these types of chemicals are migratory and tend to leach into adjacent products such as vinyl. Once they migrate, they can not be permanently removed.

By Jessica (Guest Post)
November 23, 20086 found this helpful
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I tried baking soda and it worked. All you have to do is wet the surface and apply the baking soda and leave for at least 10min and remove it with a cloth and the stain is gone.

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January 16, 2009

How do you clean a vinyl floor that has a mark left from a rubber backed rug?

Barbara from Manassas, VA


January 17, 20090 found this helpful
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Try a product called "Goof-Off." You can get it at Home Depot. Lowe's or in the hardware/paint department at Walmart etc. It removes just about any type of glue or adhesive.

January 17, 20090 found this helpful
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Use those "magic erasers" I would use the name brand toughest strength for those. My daughter had these black boots that made bad rubber marks on the kitchen floor, the magic erasers worked like magic!


You can use goof off product, but it does leave an oily residue some make sure to use a soap/water solution to get rid of the goof off.

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August 15, 2008

I need to remove yellow stains from foam backed rugs on vinyl flooring. Help!



By Delores (Guest Post)
September 24, 20080 found this helpful
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Try scrubbing it off with baking soda and if that don't work, mix some ammonia with water and scrub it with that. Keep the area ventilated when using ammonia.

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December 23, 2014

We put a bath mat with a rubberized backing on our vinyl floor in the bath room and the vinyl is now stained. I have tried everything I can think of. Anyone have any ideas?

By Dianne


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December 24, 20140 found this helpful

You can find many answers to your question via a simple search:

If marks are on surface of vinyl, they can be removed with mineral spirits. If stain has been absorbed into vinyl, it is likely the stains are permanent.


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October 19, 20160 found this helpful

How do you get stains from vinyl floor which is from a rubber mat?

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October 29, 2013

How do I get rid of yellowing on vinyl floors where my rugs are?

By Peggy

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