How to Clean Rubber Flooring
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:
Tools & Materials
- Mild detergent
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.
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.
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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