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How to Clean Rubber Flooring

How to clean a rubber floor

No matter what type of rubber flooring your home or business has, it’s important to maintain the material. Rubber flooring is durable, but proper care and maintenance further helps it maintain its style and vibrancy. Fortunately, rubber flooring generally requires less maintenance than other flooring types, so keeping your tiles or rolled rubber sheets in mint condition will only require a couple steps. With that in mind, here’s a guide to help you preserve your floors for a lifetime of use:

How to clean rubber flooring

The way you use your rubber floors may impact how new they look. Fortunately, you’re starting with a resilient product that absorbs sound and impact, resists the growth of mold and bacteria, and is water- and slip-resistant. Though rubber flooring is a hearty material, you should still keep it clean. By avoiding regular cleaning, you could allow dirt to grind into the floor or the material to lose its shine. Follow these tips for cleaning various types of rubber flooring:

How to clean rubber flooringMild cleaners are the best choice for rubber flooring.

Tools & Materials

  • Vaccuum
  • Mop
  • Mild detergent

Rubber sheeting/permanent
Rolled rubber sheeting can be installed permanently in a home or business, and you can clean them as you would most other floors. To keep your rubber flooring rolls in the best possible condition, be sure to stay on two cleaning cycles: daily or weekly, and periodically.

Daily/weekly: Dry vacuuming your rubber floors will remove dirt and debris, and it’s a chore you should do regularly. For businesses that get high amounts of foot traffic, vacuuming daily is recommended. Homeowners, whose home gyms or play areas get less traffic, can vacuum weekly.

Additionally, you should damp mop on a weekly or daily schedule. Avoid pouring too much water and cleaner on the material, and only use a mild detergent – harsh chemicals, solvents or acids can erode the rubber flooring, so avoid using such products.

When mopping, change your water and soap frequently to ensure you’re getting the floors very clean. Also, gentler sponges or brushes are preferable to gritty scrubbers.

Periodically: Vacuuming and mopping daily (for businesses) or weekly (for homeowners) helps keep your floors looking their best. However, you should also complete some chores monthly or every few months. At this time, use a machine that combines vacuuming and mopping, rinsing and drying.

When you pull out the wet-vac, add mild detergent to your water. You can dampen the floor with a traditional mop before you start using your machine. Let the cleaning solution act on the floors for 10 minutes before going over them again to rinse. Choose the soft brush option, change your water frequently and remove excess water from the floors to help them dry quickly.

Rubber Squares/tiles/floor mats
Rubber flooring tiles should receive a cleaning treatment (regular vacuuming and washing) similar to the one used for sheet rubber. Because they are portable, it’s a good idea to periodically move interlocking tiles from high traffic areas to lower use areas. This will help extend the life of your floor.

“Keeping up with a cleaning schedule will help your rubber flooring maintain its original look.”
 

Daily/weekly: Remove dirt and debris using a vacuum placed on a medium setting. You can also use the hose or arm attachment to more precisely clean the tiles. As for washing, instead of mopping, clean the tiles by hand. You’ll need water and mild detergent. Just like cleaning sheet rubber, be careful not to overspray or allow excess cleaner to drip onto the rubber flooring.

You should not use a machine to wash foam rubber flooring tiles or floor mats.

How to care for rubber flooring

Keeping up with a cleaning schedule will help your rubber flooring maintain its original look. On top of that, follow these maintenance tips to get the most out of your rolls or tiles:

Clean up spills
While many rubber flooring products are water-resistant, you should prevent the material from getting too wet. This is because liquid can interact with the adhesive and cause it to pull off your floor. For this reason, you should clean up spills right away.

Avoid chemicals
You can seal your rubber flooring, but adding chemicals or waxes to the product could change its look. For this reason, you may choose not to seal it. Additionally, do not clean it using strong solvents or acids, which can erode the surface of your flooring. Mild cleaners get the job done just fine. In fact, you can do periodic cleaning with just water.

By being diligent in the care of your rubber flooring, you’ll ensure the product looks its best for years to come.

What steps do you find most useful when caring for your floors?
 

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(30) Comments

  1. Hi,
    My dog urinated on the rubber tiles and I cleaned it with straight vinegar and Greenworks spray. Now there is a dark stain in the spot. Any suggestions?

    Thank you.

  2. Antoine L Sherrell - Reply

    I have to clean a inside rubber basketball court at a community welcome center what can I use to clean it and what can I use to put some shine to it without the player’s loseing grip.

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Antoine,

      I would suggest using a solution of one part vinegar to ten parts water spritzed on a microfiber mop. Make sure not to use too much moisture as that can damage the floor. Unfortunately you will not be able to put anything on top to make to floor shine. Anything you put on top with affect the texture of the floor.

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
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      Hi Dharmendran,

      You will need to use a microfiber mop to clean the floors and get it clean. You may also be able to find rubber floor cleaner at a local hardware store. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  3. Hi, I am a sub contractor and just rec’d a contract to clean a 50,000 sq foot gymnasium. There is a lot of the black rubber flooring. It is brand new. I find that the mop tends to stick or drag heavily and is difficult to clean. Can you suggets a particular type of mop and or machine that will clean the floor. thank you Lorie

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
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      Hi Lorie,

      Thank you for getting in touch! I would suggest using a microfiber cloth mop to clean the rubber floors. That should be a bit easier than a cotton mop and it won’t leave the white strings or dust on the surface. You can try a larger scale cleaner but make sure not to use too much water because that can affect the adhesive of the floor. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  4. Hi what kind of mop recommend for rubber gym flloor..i was looking at a rayon string mop…i think cotton would leave little white strings …thanku

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Connie,

      Any basic mop should work well to help clean the gym floor. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

      • I would recommend to stay away from cotton mops when it comes to rubber tile flooring. It leaves behind a lot of lint.
        I use a microfiber mop head and that does the trick.

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
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      Hi Brian,

      Thank you for getting in touch! I would suggest using vinegar and water rather than the Pine Sol. If you are completely set on using Pine Sol, make sure to test it out on a small area to ensure it doesn’t react badly with the flooring. Please let us know if there is anything else we can help out with!

  5. I work in.an elementary school where the gym is also the lunch room..so you can imagine the type of abuse my rubber floor gets daily..Im scrubbing my floor with an upright machine with a low grade pad ans using soap and water. Its a lot of work but this method certainly makes the floor look brand new..hope this helps

  6. How can salt stains be removed from rubber gym flooring? I’ve tried both mild dish detergent and distilled vinegar and nothing works. Thanks!

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
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      Hi Janice,

      Thank you for getting in touch! I usually suggest vinegar in this situation but if that didn’t work there may not be a way to remove the salt. You can try to leave the vinegar on the salt stain for about 30 minutes to let it soak in before cleaning it up. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  7. Hi I work at a small gym…
    and the rubber flooring is now very dull
    is there anyway to get back the luster?

    also… what do you recommend, since we are open 24/7 we do not have staff on hand all the time, and members spill, sweat and leave chalk on the ground before we can get to it and then they leave a hard to get out white circle.

    any tips?

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Sam,

      Thank you for getting in touch! You may be able to find a sealer that adds a bit of luster back into the floor but you will have to search locally. If you do seal the floor this will help with the spills and chalk left on the floor. I still recommend cleaning it up as soon as possible though. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Mike. Thanks so much for reaching out to us! You can seal your rubber decking, however it is not recommended. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

  8. We are a physical therapy office with rubberized flooring in the exercise area. I would like to know what type of vacuum you recommend for the surface. I have used a dry’wet vac in the past and it is difficult to use. Any suggestions?

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Pamela, Thanks so much for reaching out. For rubber flooring, we actually recommend using any type of mild detergent/cleaner and mopping. There isn’t specific brand, but harsh chemicals can erode the rubber, so stay away from harsh chemical cleaners. Also, avoid pouring too much water or cleaner on the surface. As for vacuuming, there is not a specific type of vacuum that is recommended. Thanks and please let me know if you have any other questions!

  9. My dog for some reason has chosen our rubber floor in our exercise room to urinate on if he gets into the room. Can you suggest how to clean up this area? Thx

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Donna,

      Thank you for getting in touch! I would suggest using all the steps outlined in the article above. It is hard to say what chemical cleaners to use because some can really damage rubber flooring. I would suggest a solution of two parts vinegar to ten parts water to mop and help disinfect the area as well. Please let us know if there is anything else we can help out with!

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
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      Hi May,

      Thank you for getting in touch! I would not suggest using a steam cleaner on this type of flooring, the heat could damage it. I would suggest just using the instructions above to get the best results. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  10. I do commercial cleaning and they have the coin grip rubber flooring. The problem I have is when they put salt outside to help melt the snow, they track it on the flooring and it seems to discolor the floor. I can’t seem to get it up with just mopping, any suggestions?

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hello Cynthia Brutscher,

      Thank you for your message however it is very difficult to comment on the care and maintenance of products that we do not have on our website. If you know the manufacturer of the flooring that you are concerned with then my advice would be to contact them for their care and maintenance advice.

  11. BuildDirect Product Expert Team
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    Hi Jose,

    Thank you for getting in touch! My first suggestion would be to try to find out who manufactured or sold the rubber floor so that you can check to see if there are any specific cleaning instructions. That would ensure you were using the best method to keep the floor in the best condition as possible.

    Please let us know if there is anything else we can help out with!

  12. How to clean a school gymnasium rubber floor? I am converting into apartments and would like to preserve, but want to get rid of basketball markings and give a new look. Can you hep?
    Thanks

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