How to Get Rid of the Smell of Linoleum

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Things You'll Need

  • Bucket, 2 gallon

  • Measuring cup

  • White vinegar

  • Soft cloths

  • Box fan

Linoleum, while inexpensive, has fallen out of favor as flooring material due to the advent of vinyl tile flooring. The smell of linoleum is a result of the combination of oxidized linseed oil, resins, ground cork, wood flour and pigment all pressed together and flattened. The smell of linoleum is strong when it is first produced, but it can be gotten rid of through a combination of cleaning products and air circulation. Supplies from a grocery store and household tools are all you need.


Step 1

Open the windows in the room where the linoleum is located. Fill the bucket with a gallon of cold tap water. Add a cup of white vinegar to the water. Stir the mixture with your finger for 30 seconds. Wash your finger off with tap water.

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Step 2

Soak a soft cloth in the water. Wash the entire linoleum floor, from the one end to the other, finishing closest to the door.


Step 3

Pour out the water in the toilet. Fill the bucket with a gallon of cold tap water. Saturate a clean cloth in the water.

Step 4

Wash the linoleum with the cloth in the same manner as you just did. Pour out the water in the toilet.


Step 5

Place a box fan on the floor, at one end of the room so that it faces the windows. Turn the fan on "High." Leave the fan on overnight and for the next two days before turning it off.


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