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I'm trying to remove these brown bicycle tire marks from my kitchen floor (see pictures). I've searched the internet and I have tried the following recommendations:

  • White spirit
  • Bike degreaser (Muc-off)
  • WD-40
  • Soda crystals
  • Scrubbed using abrasive scourer
  • Flash Magic Eraser
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Bleach

However, nothing has worked at - not even slightly. It looks like the stains may be permanent, but as I have nothing to lose (rented flat) I'm willing to try anything in order to reduce the stains and salvage some of my deposit.

I have two questions:

  1. Is there anything/product that may help that I have not yet tried?
  2. Is this actually vinyl flooring? The floor seems to be a continuous material, where I have seen vinyl flooring on the internet as square blocks that are fitted together.

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  • Most vinyl flooring is installed in a 6' wide sheet. You may have one with a urethane wear layer on top. The problem with rubber stains is that you're dealing with natural oils that (presumably) soak in and stain. I'm not sure what will help here. – isherwood Mar 7 '17 at 15:41
  • Try concentrated orange oil. – Jim Stewart Mar 7 '17 at 20:15
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    You may want to follow the Housework Stack Exchange site in Area 51. – Notts90 supports Monica Mar 14 '17 at 13:01
  • Only other things I might try is using a pink eraser or maybe brake cleaner? You may want to be careful with the brake cleaner though. Maybe try it on a portion of your floor that isn't seen to make sure it doesn't harm your floor. – bigmike7801 Mar 14 '17 at 18:52
  • Goof Off is likely to remove it. – fixer1234 May 28 '17 at 11:41
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The only things I see you haven't tried are vinegar and nail polish remover. With the vinegar - just put some on the stain let it sit a bit, then wipe off. I'm not sure it'll help you as you already tried bleach. About the acetone in the nail polish remover, I'm more optimistic - it cleans everything (just first test it on a part of the vinyl that is hidden under a cupboard or something so you know you won't damage further). Good luck! :)

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Since you have nothing to lose at this point. Try making a baking soda paste and smothering it on a stain. Keep it there for a day or two. Then try to rub/scrub it off (non abrasive scrubber).

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acetone. it gets most rubbers off of most surfaces. try an inconspicuous corner somewhere first to ensure the acetone doesn't attack the flooring surface.

just curious how you got brown bicycle tire marks all over your kitchen floor? since most bicycle tires leave black marks, are you sure they are from a bike tire?

  • Nothing worked! I got off incredibly lightly with a £25 charge out of the deposit. – nf313743 Jul 14 '17 at 13:44
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I think its linoleum not vinyl flooring.

Try Turpentine or kerosene or silver polish or linseed oil or paste wax... Scrub with steel wool.

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After trying everything list (except for silver polish) I gave up. There wasn't a single product that could removed the stain even slightly. I have to assume that the stains are permanent.

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