How to Fix Burnt Linoleum

A combination of resins, limestone, cork and linseed oil comprise the material we call linoleum. The durable linoleum flooring and countertop surfaces of today offer a variety of colors and textures, while remaining easy to maintain. A cigarette burn on the surface of your linoleum leaves a stain that detracts from the appearance. While other surfaces such as tile might require replacement, you can fix a small burn on your linoleum surface with a few basic supplies.

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Step 1

Allow the burn mark on the linoleum to cool, if still hot. 

Step 2

Rub a piece of 0000 steel wool over the burn mark.  Move the steel wool with the direction of the grain.

Continue to rub until the burn mark is worn off. 

Step 3

Remove dust from the linoleum surface with a hand vacuum. 

Step 4

Apply linoleum floor finish with a paintbrush, one coat at a time.  Use the finish to fill in the space the steel wool created.

Let each coat dry before adding the next.  Continue to add additional layers until the spot is filled in.

Allow the last coat to dry fully. 

Step 5

Sand down excess floor finish so the floor is level.  Clean the floor with a damp cloth and one drop of dishwashing detergent.

Step 6

Rinse the floor with a damp cloth.  Dry the surface with another cloth.

Things You Will Need

  • 0000 steel wool
  • Hand vacuum
  • Linoleum floor finish
  • Paintbrush
  • Clean cloths
  • Dishwashing detergent


  • Substitute fine-grade sandpaper for the steel wool, if needed.
  • Protect linoleum from excessive heat, covering floors with a throw rug and countertops with a place mat.

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.

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