How to Get Rid of Yellow Stains From a Rug on Flooring

Some of the rubber coatings on the bottoms of small rugs and mats will react with linoleum and vinyl flooring. This reaction leaves a yellow stain on your floor that is difficult to remove with ordinary floor cleaning detergents. Before you resort to ripping up the floors and replacing the linoleum or calling a professional cleaner, you can use some common household ingredients to scour the floor and lift the stain.

Linoleum and vinyl flooring reacts to some rubber mats on rugs.

Step 1

Measure out 3 tbsp. of baking soda and 2 tbsp. of lemon juice or vinegar. Keep both ingredients in separate containers until you are ready to start cleaning the floor.

Step 2

Wipe away any debris with a cloth soaked in soapy water. Sprinkle the baking soda on top of the stain. The entire stain should be coated by a thin layer. If this is not enough baking soda, add more. Bear in mind that you will need additional lemon juice or vinegar -- just use the same ratio you used earlier.

Step 3

Pour the lemon juice or vinegar onto the baking soda. It will start to fizz. Mix the two ingredients on the floor to form a paste. Spread the paste evenly over the stain. Allow the paste to sit on the stain for about 10 minutes.

Step 4

Scrub the paste into the stain with a stiff-bristled brush. Keep scrubbing until the stain disappears. Rinse the paste off with a clean, damp cloth. Wipe all of the paste away and allow the floor to dry. If the stain persists, repeat the process until it disappears.