When business owners and home owners contact flooring experts, one of the most common questions they have is, “Why is my floor turning yellow?” Hard surface floors like tile, resilient, laminate and even hardwood are durable and beautiful, but there are certain situations where they can get discolored. Without knowing the cause, customers may think that the flooring material is defective or that they are doing something wrong.
Understanding what can cause the yellowing of a hard surface floor is the first step in figuring out and then solving the problem. There are several reasons why hard surface floors may be turning yellow.
Sometimes flooring can yellow due to chemical reactions with the floor’s finish and cleaning products and poor maintenance techniques. Highly concentrated cleaning solution can soften the finish or leave residue behind. Other chemical reactions might include contact with rubber-backed mats.
The sun’s rays can cause discoloration on hard surface floors. Direct exposure can cause the UV rays to react with the flooring, causing sunspots. The rays and the heat can discolor the flooring, making yellow patches appear.
Some of the finishes used on hard surface flooring are oil-based. In the right circumstances, oil-based finishes can begin to oxidize, causing discoloration and giving the flooring a dulled or yellowed appearance.
It’s definitely disappointing for business owners and home owners to experience yellowed flooring, so learning about the most common causes of discoloration can go a long way in preventing it in the first place. They can also be a good guide for flooring inspectors who are trying to diagnose the problem of yellowed hard surface floors.