Why are there yellow spots on my vinyl flooring?

myclementineJanuary 26, 2007

I am curious if any of you know why some flooring gets yellow spots on it.

I had a weight scale in spot and there are now 4 yellow spots under it and infront of our shower under where out previous rug sat its yellow there.

I have tried everything to remove the spots they aren't going away.

Any ideas?

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I'm guessing the rubber is causing it. The scale should have 4 rubber pads on the bottom and did your bathrug have a rubber backing?
Have you tried bleach water?

    Bookmark   January 26, 2007 at 11:46PM
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I had the same thing when I moved a clothes hamper. I tried everything,with no luck. I was told this is common when you cover the vinyl with anything for a long period of time.Eventually the yellowing dissapeared.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2007 at 10:47AM
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We had vinyl flooring installed in our kitchen and entry way two years ago. The installers (an old hippie group with magnificent skills!) told us to NEVER use a rug with rubber backing. There was nothing in the brochures we had describing the flooring that made us aware of the no rubber business. I had never thought about rubber feet until reading this post, but they would fall in the same category. In reading through the fine print (and I do mean FINE) on the manufacturer's web site, I found the reference to not using anything with a rubber backing, or discoloration of the floor would result, and warranty does not apply. Not only does the warranty not apply, but there is absolutely no fix other than replacing the flooring. Now - the question is - is latex the same as rubber? It is a form of rubber, but if you read the instructions on the back of latex backed products, they say they will not stain or discolor "floors". Do they mean wood, vinyl, ceramic (not much damages ceramic)? My solution with the vinyl floors has been no rubber, no latex. Makes putting a non-slipping rug down on vinyl a challenge!


    Bookmark   January 28, 2007 at 5:28PM
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Yep, it's the rubber backing on your rugs that did it. Assume your scales had rubber feet pads. Same thing had happened to us but we were going to replace the floor anyway so it didn't matter. If you switch to non-rubber backed rugs, you can use the shelf liner material which is non-skid and has a weaved pattern to it. Not supposed to cause the yellowing on vinyl. We used it for quite a long time without negative effects. You can get it by the roll at most grocery stores or HD.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2007 at 8:42PM
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The vinyl in my kitchen turned yellow around the refrigerator, and there's nothing on top of the vinyl there.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2007 at 1:24PM
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After I got a new Allure vinyl floor for my kitchen, I found out that I can't use rubber backing rugs. This possed a great problem for me as I am a single guy and the only rugs I know of have a rubber backing. My floor is really bare looking. New, pretty, but bare.
I read your post earlier and you said to use shelf liner material. That is rubber as well. At least what I have seen.
Can I use a piece of carpet reminent and put the shelf liner under it somehow. The carpet backing is kind of scratchy so I know not to put that down on the floor without some kind of protection to the floor.
YOUR help would really help me at this time.
Keith, (just a single guy)

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 6:39AM
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Keith - there are options for carpeting besides rubber back rugs. Post a photo of your kitchen on the Home Decorating forum and you will get suggestions of what to buy.

Here is a link that might be useful: Home Decorating forum

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 8:38AM
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The yellowing can't be removed. I had it on my last floor. I have Amtico now and I don't take any chances. I have one rug in front of my sink and it's all cotton. I got it at Kohls.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 3:16PM
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tshores -

You may have a slow leak. Do you have an ice maker? We had the same problem by the toilet. When we pulled up the vinyl flooring we had mold underneath because of slow leak from the toilet.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2010 at 4:36PM
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Hmmmmm......I have a white vinyl floor with the black diamond shapes in my kitchen...I have these yellow spots where I keep the cats water bowl...There has never been any rug with rubber backing there or anything and it's impossible to remove.....The cat drinks water with her paw and it drips onto the floor so water does stay in those spots that are yellow. Can water cause this as well?

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 8:47PM
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Why don't you use a 100% felt pad as a buffer between the rug and vinyl flooring. This is as long as that rug won't shift anywhere.

I bought one from here, The 1/4" is super thin, but does the job quite nicely.

Here is a link that might be useful: A felt rug pad

    Bookmark   November 2, 2013 at 1:26PM
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