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How do you get tread marks off of linolium?(10 posts)

How do you get tread marks off of linolium?Kristin
Dec 8, 2001 9:20 PM
I'm gonna be in trouble if I don't get this off. Any tricks? Neither the scrub brush nor cleansers are working. Since I live in a condo, I've turned the kitchen into my shop and these black streaks are rather unsightly. My roommate already doesn't like my bike, as it lives the dining room (not her idea of wall art). The balance of a non-cycling roomates tolerance of cycling related things is a fragile system. This development could upset the entire next season. Please help.

While we're at do you get tread marks off of other surfaces? Like carpets...walls, etc. And where's the strangest place you've gotten a tread mark?
re: How do you get tread marks off of linolium?CT1
Dec 8, 2001 9:57 PM
"Soft Scrub" works good for this problem. You can also remove tire scuffs with Meguiar's cleaner/wax, although it will make the floor quite slippery if it gets wet. Sort of embarrassing to fall in your own kitchen.... I know from experience. hahaha.

Try a little WD40...ACE-
Dec 8, 2001 10:20 PM
on the linoleum, not the carpet or walls, then some kind of soap to clean up the slippery residue. It's amazing what WD can do!
WD40 on carpetSoftrider
Dec 10, 2001 9:23 AM
WD40 is actually pretty good at getting grease out of carpet. The WD40 will break up the grease, and then you can get it out pretty easily with a steam cleaner.
wall mark preventionjacques
Dec 9, 2001 3:28 AM
Consider installing a 3"-wide, unobtrusive chair rail on the walls of the dining room, but with its center only 13.5" from the floor. At that height, the chair rail will become a bicycle rail.

Strangest tread marks? On the ceiling of my garage, where I used to hang my bikes. With the hanging hooks gone and only the tread marks left, it's a wondrous sight.
Never use a wax based lube...Bruno S
Dec 9, 2001 5:37 PM
Those lubes are desinged to shed away and will leave in your kitchen floor and carpet stains that streak when you try to clean them. They can shed at any moment even if you are just walking the bike. The bike must be moved to your room. I used to put mine in the closet. It was a walk-in closet and I had to take off the front wheel. A pain but it is not fair to your roommate to leave it in the dinning room.
re: How do you get tread marks off of linolium?Lone Gunman
Dec 9, 2001 7:27 PM
Try Goo gone. Have used it to take skid marks off the roller frame, grease marks off of the linoleum floor from shoes, etc.
nail polish remover, lightly applied to paper towel...Js Haiku Shop
Dec 10, 2001 10:45 AM
and a buncha elbow grease.

however, if the tread marks are actually burns (where your wheel was spinning and it's touched down on the linoleum), the only solution is to gently *gouge* out the top of the linoleum so the burn marks are removed. d'oh! bt/dt.

strange places for tread marks? two:

1) velociraptor black, many meters long. sidewalk in front of my old house. late night drinking and riding. same night i ran into a parked car on my mtb and was off the bike for a month with a wrist that was pretty much wasted, but luckily not broken.

2) removed majority of big toenail, right foot with michelin wildgripper rear. playing in the garage, put on the new tire, turned the cranks by hand a few times, set it down (oops) on foot, no shoe. nail, then no nail. surprisingly low pain.

notice both were mtb incidents in a domestic setting.
Strangest place?.......on my butt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!RaiderMike
Dec 10, 2001 3:05 PM
It was 1993 at the Hangtown motocross national in Sacramento Ca. I got a really good start, and was accelerating around the first turn when my front wheel washed out, and I was quickly ran over by the other 39 riders in my class. I had tire marks from my calves, all the way up my legs, across my butt, up my back, arms, and on my helmet. I got back up and finished 12th, but afterwards it hurt like hell. And of course I had to explain to everyone that I came across the next day when I was wearing shorts, how I got the knobby tire shaped bruises on my legs.
Dec 10, 2001 6:21 PM
it works, really!