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Removing Rubber Backed Rugs Stains on a Vinyl Floor

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You may need some soaking and scraping to remove these stains. This page is about removing rubber backed rug stains on a vinyl floor.


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By 2 found this helpful
October 22, 2006

How do I clean yellow stains off a vinyl floor caused by area rugs?

Lauri from Pottstown, PA


By (Guest Post)
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!!""

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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.

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By Jessica (Guest Post)
November 23, 20082 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.

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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, 20080 found this helpful

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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By 0 found this helpful
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


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.
Read more: http://www.doit  ml#ixzz3Mp1ACwsh

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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, 20130 found this helpful

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

By Peggy

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October 22, 20060 found this helpful

I need some help. We moved into a new home a few months back and have yellow stains on the vinyl floor in the bathroom. The stains are under where the rugs lie. Please suggest something that will remove the stain.



Neela from Milwaukee


Yellow Stains on My Vinyl Floor

I have been told by the flooring manufacturers (and Heloise too) that this is a chemical reaction that cannot be reversed. (08/23/2004)

By Pat

Yellow Stains on My Vinyl Floor

This may work. It did for me; although it may depend on how long the stain has been there. I have wet the area and then put baking soda on the area and let it dry, then I washed it up. It may take a couple of applications. I use the baking soda every time I wash a floor and did that under the rugs all the time. It pulled up an orange tan color. It won't hurt to try. (08/23/2004)

By Sheila

Yellow Stains on My Vinyl Floor

Strange, if this is a chemical reaction that cannot be reversed, then why do they make the rugs which cause this reaction in the first place? Isn't there another type of backing for bath rugs which won't cause this stain? (07/19/2005)


By Tom

Yellow Stains on My Vinyl Floor

linoleum is made from raw materials and oxidation of the linseed oil in the flooring will result in yellow stains in areas not exposed to light. i.e. under rugs. Once the mat is removed and the flooring exposed to sunlight; the yellow will disappear. (09/28/2005)

By Narilyn

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