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Cleaning Rubber Flooring

 

 

There are a few different options for cleaning rubber flooring.  Regardless of the option you choose the first step is always to remove the loose dust, dirt, and debris.  This can be done by sweeping, vacuuming, or using a leaf blower.

 

Option 1 - Steam Cleaning

 

 

Steam cleaning is the best way to clean rubber flooring.  Steam cleaning will naturally disinfect and refreshes the rubber without the use of harsh chemicals.  This method also dries quickly and prevents the majority of water spots.  Smaller areas can be cleaned with a residential steam mop.  For larger areas it may be worth your time and money to rent or purchase a larger commercial size steam cleaner.  

 

Option 2 - Damp Mopping/Scrubbing

 

Damp mopping/scrubbing is probably the most common method.  I suggest using a stiff bristled scrub brush on a handle as opposed to a mop.  Mops can leave behind fuzzies that will then have to be removed.

When damp mopping/scrubbing you will want to use distilled white vinegar at least once or twice a week for the first 6 weeks.  This will not only clean and disinfect the floor but will also help dissipate the rubber smell.  I prefer to heat up the vinegar.  Cleaning with a warm liquid solution is normally more effective.  After 6 weeks you can switch to an all-natural citrus based cleaner.  A lemon or orange concentrated cleaner can be purchased inexpensively and works very well.  It will also put a little scent in the air.  The most important thing to remember about your standard cleaning solution is to stay away from any products that contain petroleum or bleach or anything that is waxed based.  Petroleum/bleach cleaners will dry out and eat away at the rubber over time.  Waxed based cleaners will leave behind a slippery residue that can become a safety hazard.  As with any cleaner you should always clean a small spot first to see how the cleaner will react with the rubber.  

The biggest issue to overcome when cleaning in the manner is water spots.  Similar to washing a black car, if you do not dry the flooring quickly water spots can form.  For this reason damp mopping/scrubbing should be done in small sections.  Clean a section, squeegee off the excess water, and put a fan on that area to try to dry it quickly.

 

Option 3 - Pressure Washing

 

 

Pressure washing is the easiest way to get a floor clean.  Simply pressure wash the floor, squeegee off the excess water and set up fans to dry the floor.     

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