My kitchen has approx 15 year old Armstrong linoleum in very good condition. The problem is
where small throw rugs with a rubberized backing have been used in a couple of locations.
With the rugs up, the surface of the linoleum is VERY slippery when walking in stocking feet
(only where the rugs were). The linoleum has a mild textured surface, is non-cushioned, and is
the type with a thin clear plastic coating (no wax type) I have tried cleaning with a strong soap
solution, ammonia, and alcohol. Nothing seems to help. My next try is to lightly buff the surface
with a medium steel wool, but I thought I would see if anyone else might have a solution.
Thanks in advance.
I've had the same problem with Marmoleum laid in 2001. I used 320 grit sandpaper, which solves the slipperyness. I suspect rubber-backed rugs have slippery chemicals (e.g., silicone) which transfer to the linoleum. These are not easily removed with detergents because they soak into the flooring, but sanding removes them. I don't have a good solution to the need for throw rugs to catch dirt without causing slipperyness.
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