How to Remove Iodine From Linoleum

Charlotte Johnson

Iodine is an element that is essential for human functioning. Deficiencies in iodine can lead to thyroid conditions, goiters, and neurological and digestive problems. Iodine is often used in antiseptic and disinfectant solutions, such as Betadine.

These solutions—which are used to clean areas that have been wounded or that are going to be operated on—can stain objects with which they come into contact. However, iodine stains usually can be removed from linoleum, especially if the stain is caught early.

Removing Iodine From Linoleum

  1. Mix a solution consisting of one half cup of water and one half cup of ammonia.

  2. Dip a clean, dry rag into the solution.

  3. Rub the stained area with the rag.

  4. Rinse the rag under cool, running water and repeat steps two and three if the stain seems to be coming up fairly easily.

  5. Soak the entire rag in the ammonia and water solution. Wring it out and cover the stained area if the aforementioned steps don't seem to be very effective.

  6. Leave the soaked rag on the stained area for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes check to see if the stain will come up. If the stain is lifting but not completely gone, repeat step five.

  7. Mop the linoleum and wax for optimum appearance.

  8. Warning

    Iodine stains that have been allowed to soak into linoleum may prove impossible to remove. In this case, the linoleum will ultimately have to be replaced.