My Linoleum Floor Is Turning Yellow: How to Whiten It

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Things You'll Need

  • Cleansing powder with bleach

  • Shallow bowl

  • Bucket

  • Natural bristle scrub brush

  • Cleaning cloths

  • 1 cup white distilled vinegar


Treat linoleum flooring with mild yellow discoloration by wiping it with a solution made from 1 cup of bleach and 1 gallon warm water. Allow the solution to sit on the linoleum for 30 to 45 minutes to bleach the discoloration. Follow by rinsing the floor with cool water and wiping it off with diluted vinegar solution.


Avoid getting too much moisture around the edges of your linoleum floor. If moisture seeps below the tiles they can become loose.

Linoleum floors add beauty, character and low-maintenance care to your room.

The passing of time and chemical reactions to previous cleaning attempts contribute toward the yellowing of linoleum floors. Made with natural materials, linoleum can last a long time when cared for properly. Ammonia-based cleaners and old sealant can lead linoleum flooring to becoming discolored. The yellow cast leaves your flooring looking dingy and dull. Removing yellow discoloration can be a tedious task but is worth it to obtain floors that contribute to the overall visual appeal of your room.

Step 1

Pour cleansing powder containing bleach into the bottom of a shallow bowl. Cover the bottom of the bowl to the depth of 1/2 inch. Fill a bucket with 1/2 gallon of warm water.

Step 2

A good scrub brush and elbow grease help remove yellowing from linoleum.

Dip the scrub brush in the water. Allow the excess water to drip back into the bucket. Dip the damp brush in the bowl of cleansing powder to coat the bristles.

Step 3

Scrub a 2-by-2-foot section of the linoleum floor with the cleansing powder. Repeat Step 2 to scrub the entire floor to remove the yellow discoloration.

Step 4

Empty and rinse the bucket. Refill it with cool water. Rinse the floor by wiping it with a clean cloth dampened with the water.

Step 5

Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 gallon warm water in a bucket. Rinse the floor and neutralize the bleach by wiping the floor with the diluted vinegar solution and a clean cloth.

Step 6

Dry your linoleum floor. If yellow discoloration remains on the linoleum, repeat these steps until it's removed.

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Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.