How to Get Ink Off Linoleum

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Linoleum is convenient for wiping up things like mud or food, but it can take stains easily. Ink dripped onto linoleum can leave a permanent stain unless action is taken right away. Knowing what to do about ink on linoleum can help you keep your linoleum looking good.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Clean rag
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Soak up any excess ink with a paper towel. This will prevent the ink from getting smeared and making the stain bigger as you try to clean it.

  • Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto a clean rag.

  • Scrub the ink stain with rubbing alcohol until the stain is gone. If the rag gets too inky, start scrubbing with an unstained portion of the rag, or get a clean rag. Add more rubbing alcohol as necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • In the case of a very heavy ink stain, use mineral spirits or turpentine poured on a white cloth to scrub out the stain.
  • If the rag is not getting the stain out, switch to a dish pad. The dish pad offers a small amount of abrasion that can help remove the ink.
  • Test the rubbing alcohol on a hidden part of the linoleum first. This will ensure that the cleaning solution will not discolor the floor. If discoloration is an issue, you may wish to seek professional help in removing the ink stain.

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