Rat traps come in the traditional spring-loaded style or in a more modern sticky trap style. A sticky trap has a very adhesive glue on the surface of the trap that the rodent gets stuck to when it tries to eat the bait. In the process of trapping the rat, the trap can flip over, causing glue to get stuck to the linoleum floor. Removing rat trap glue from a linoleum floor requires the use of particular materials and procedures.
Pull the trap off the floor. Use a putty knife to scrape it if it will not pull off by hand.
Spray an oil-based lubricant like WD-40 on the area of the floor affected by the glue. Soak the area with the lubricant and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. The lubricant will break down the glue and make it easier to scrape off the floor.
Scrape the glue off the floor with a putty knife. Wipe the glue off the edge of the putty knife onto an old rag with every pass you make. Spray more lubricant on the area as you scrape if necessary. Continue this process until the glue has been removed from the surface.
Spray an all-purpose cleaner on the area and wipe it with a rag to remove any residual lubricant or glue.