How to Bleach Linoleum Floors

Linoleum flooring installs quickly and comes in a variety of patterns, colors and brands. This long-lasting flooring requires regular maintenance to keep dust and dirt from building up, as well as care when moving objects across the material, to keep rips from forming. To remove stains from linoleum, use a bleach solution to penetrate and break up the stain and any yellow residue present. After cleaning with a bleach solution, it is important to rinse and neutralize the linoleum thoroughly to stop the bleaching process.

Yes, you can bleach linoleum flooring to remove buildup and stains.

Step 1

Put on a pair of latex gloves and fill a bucket with 1 cup chlorine bleach and 1/2 gallon cold water. Stir the solution with a cloth mop.

Step 2

Apply the bleach solution to the linoleum without wringing out the mop. Let the solution sit on the flooring for 30 to 45 minutes to break up any grime and stains.

Step 3

Re-dip the mop, wring out excess, and then scrub the flooring vigorously to remove any remaining stains and grime. For stubborn stains, sprinkle with a scouring powder containing bleach. Re-dip the mop, wring out excess, and then scrub the flooring again to remove the stains.

Step 4

Rinse the mop with cold water. Wring out excess and mop the linoleum to remove the bleach solution and scouring powder, if used. Repeat step to fully rinse the flooring.

Step 5

Empty the bleach solution and rinse the bucket and mop with cold water. Add 4 cups white vinegar and 4 cups cold water to the bucket.

Step 6

Stir the vinegar mixture with the mop, wring out excess and mop the linoleum to neutralize any remaining bleach solution on the linoleum flooring.