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Removing Stains From Linoleum & Ways To Keep It Clean

Anyone is unlikely to like a floor that’s stained. Getting rid of stains is comparatively easy. However, cleaning stubborn stains or dye from sensitive material is tricky. Linoleum and vinyl are such materials. And you want to clean but don’t want to damage the flooring.

How to remove stains from linoleum?

The faster you take action the better. If the stain reaches into the material it might be difficult. You can use vinegar, baking soda, or dishwashing detergent. Saturate the stain with any of these or their combination for a while. Then wiping it should get rid of the stain. 

Following only this short description to remove stains might be risky. Why don’t we get the details now? 

What’s Needed to Remove Stains from Linoleum?

You only need a few daily items to remove stains from linoleum flooring. The good news is, you can use the same to clean stained vinyl siding or floor.

What you need are either vinegar, or baking soda, or their combo. You need full-strength white vinegar for this. You can’t dilute it.

If vinegar and baking soda don’t work, you can go for dishwashing detergent. That should get the job done.

You also need some microfibre towels to wipe the floor down. Use soft ones and those that are highly absorbent.

How to Remove Stubborn Stains from Linoleum?

You can remove the stan in two ways depending on what you use. The process varies between vinegar and baking soda, and dishwashing detergent. These work for vinyl as well. So before you decide to uninstall vinyl windows because they’re stained, try these.

Using Vinegar & Soda

Take enough full-strength white vinegar to saturate the stain. Cover the stain fully with vinegar and don’t miss any spots. Now you need to give it some time to do its magic. About 15-30 minutes should do.

Once some time has passed, wipe down the liquid carefully with a microfibre towel. Try not to smear clean parts of the floor with the stained liquid. Once you wipe it down, the stain should be mostly gone if not completely.

Sometimes a considerable amount of stain still remains on your lino floor. That’s the time for baking soda to step in.

Same as before, wet the stained part with vinegar. But here’s the extra step. Sprinkle some baking soda on the vinegar. You’ll see them react with each other and get the work done. Don’t use too much of either of the products. Or the mixture might explode.

Let the mixture sit for around 15-30 minutes before wiping it down. The stain should be gone.

Removing Stain with Dishwashing Detergent

If you don’t have baking soda stocked up for stubborn stains, this is an alternative. First, you need to make a mixture of dishwashing detergent with warm water. Then soak a scrubber with the liquid and wet the stained part.

Let it stay like that for around 10-15 minutes before scrubbing the stain away. Be gentle, linoleum can get scratches easily. You might need to add some extra washing liquid while scrubbing. Moreover, if you’re working on a grease stain, use some degreaser along with it.

Once you scrub the stain and remove it, wipe the floor with a soft microfibre towel. That should’ve done the trick.

How to Keep Linoleum Flooring Clean?

Linoleum is very commonly used for flooring. So is vinyl used for stairs and floors. It’s because they are inexpensive and highly customizable. We know how to remove stains from them. Now, let’s take a look at how to keep the floor clean.

Steam Vacuum

It’s not very optimal to have linoleum and vinyl floorings wet for long. Then again, dry mopping them can miss some dirt. Causing them to become dirty over time. This is why a steam vacuum is the best choice for linoleum flooring.

It has a dry finish since it uses very little water. Moreover, the heat gets rid of bacteria and germs as well. On that note, here are some steam vacuums that we recommend:

If you have linoleum or vinyl flooring, you should definitely have one of these. Clean the floor regularly with a vacuum to avoid staining.

Stocking Cleaning Materials

Usually, not many materials can stain linoleum or vinyl. Unless it’s very pigmented or the substance stayed on the floor for a long time.

The trick to avoiding permanent staining on the linoleum floor is quick action. You need to wipe it down as soon as possible. So keeping some cleaning material at hand’s reach is a must.

Stock up on white vinegar and baking soda even if it’s not a part of your daily routine. That way you can quickly clean the spot whenever the stain touches the floor.

No Scratching

Scratches are the worst nightmare for linoleum floors. Not only do they damage the material, but those spots are also prone to staining.

Avoid using any harsh cleaner to clean the linoleum floor. Unless you need to get rid of a spot on the floor. Using a scrubber to scrub the floor regularly is not a good option.


Question: Why do I need to use a degreaser?

Answer: The dishwasher can get rid of normal grease. But it might not be enough to get rid of the stain and grease both at once. So let the degreaser take care of the grease, while the detergent eliminates the stain.

Question: How long should I scrub the stained spot?

Answer: Scrub as long as it takes to get rid of the stain. However, don’t scrub off the exterior surface of the linoleum floor. If need be, give it a break in between scrubbing. And don’t put too much pressure on the floor while scrubbing.

Question: How much baking soda is needed for vinegar?

Answer: You should use small amounts of both substances. Don’t cross over 1 portion of baking soda to two portions of vinegar. That is the deal ratio for cleaning stains.


Hey there! Are you still confused about removing stains from linoleum? Hopefully not!

Regularly clean the floor to avoid the whole floor becoming dirty. Although linoleum flooring is cheap, you don’t want to redo the floor too often. 

Until next time, keep the stain away!