How to Remove Yellow Stains From Kitchen Flooring

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How to Remove Yellow Stains From Kitchen Flooring
Sunlight often exacerbates yellow stains that result from rubber-backed throw rugs. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Most yellow stains on kitchen floors are caused by the chemicals in rubber backing, which interact negatively with certain types of flooring. It is an unpleasant surprise when you find an unsightly yellow stain where a throw rug, step stool or your dog's place mat used to be. Severe stains often require a total refinish of your kitchen floor. However, with a bit of hard work, you may be able to remove the yellow stain.

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Things you need

  • Vacuum cleaner or broom
  • Baking soda
  • Mixing bowl
  • Plastic dish scrubber or clean rag
  • Hydrogen peroxide (optional)

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  1. 1

    Remove any area rugs or other objects from the stained area. Vacuum or sweep your kitchen floor before you attempt to remove the yellow stain.

  2. 2

    Make a baking soda paste, which will act as a mild abrasive. Place a small amount of baking soda in a mixing bowl, then add water gradually to make a thin paste. Make enough baking soda paste to cover the stain.

  3. 3

    Spread a generous coating of the baking soda paste over the yellow stain, and then let the paste remain on the stain overnight.

  4. 4

    Use a plastic dish scrubber or a clean rag to scrub the yellow stain, and then rinse the baking soda paste from the stained area with warm water. Repeat the baking soda treatment. Removing severe stains may require several treatments.

  5. 5

    Use hydrogen peroxide if the baking soda paste fails to remove the yellow stain. Saturate a corner of a clean cloth in the hydrogen peroxide, and then rub the yellow stain. Rinse the stained area with a clean cloth and warm water.

Tips and warnings

  • A solution of bleach mixed with warm water may help to remove yellow stains from your kitchen floor. Always test a hidden area first, as bleach may strip or fade the colour from the flooring.

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