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Removing Stains from Old Linoleum Flooring?

I am trying to remove these dark ink stains around my toilet from wet jeans that were drying on the shower bar. Even though I cleaned up the blue water right away it still stained the floor. I tried bleach, baking soda, liquid Ajax cleanser, laundry detergent, and now ammonia which is very strong, but it is removing some of it. I also have yellow stains from Mr. Clean on the lino as well. I read here that acetone might work so I'm gonna try nail polish remover next.

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Does anyone have any ideas of what will work to remove these stains permanently? I rent and I am now moving and prefer not be charged for these stains. Thanks!

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January 12, 20170 found this helpful

I hope you have found a solution but just in case you are still needing help...

Linoleum and vinyl flooring are different and require different solutions. I believe most floor coverings today are vinyl.

I am 82 years old so I have seen many stains of this nature.
Here are some solutions I keep in "stain removal" guide. I hope one of them will help but it is true that many stains are in the floor covering and cannot be removed.

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1. Saturate any stains on the linoleum with full-strength white vinegar or a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice/or vinegar (made into a paste). Allow it to sit for 15 minutes.

2.Wipe the vinegar with a cloth. If the stains are still noticeable, apply more solution and sprinkle a layer of baking soda on top of it. Allow it to sit for five minutes.

3.Scrub the stains with a damp sponge or scrub brush or a non-abrasive scrubbie. Wipe the floor with a damp cloth or towel to remove any baking soda residue and dry it with a towel.
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I have heard of mineral spirits and acetone (nail polish remover) being used but I am not familiar with these solutions.

I have also read/hear that ammonia and Mr. Clean would eventually turn the surface yellow.

I have used Soft Scrub (the kind with Bleach) and also Oxyclean powder (made into a paste) on many surfaces and it did a good job. If trying this, let it sit for about 5 minutes, and then scrub it with a non-abrasive scrubbie.

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Be sure to rinse with warm water and dry with soft rags.

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