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rubber floor care & and cleaning

Rubber floors can be a great choice for a person who's looking for a surface that's easy to maintain. Rubber flooring is able to resist dust, household allergens and even water. This means that standing water and liquid spills won't easily damage rubber, nor will mold and fungi grow on the surface. Check out our cleaning tips below to learn how you can keep your rubber floors looking new!

Rubber Floor Care Products

Prevention and Maintenance

  • After your rubber floors are installed, allow the adhesive to cure for 72 hours prior to cleaning.
  • If you spill adhesive on your rubber floor rolls or tiles, wipe it up immediately with a damp cloth. If the spilt adhesive has already dried, try to soften it with mineral spirits and then scoop up with a metal or wooden spatula.
  • Regularly sweep and damp–mop your rubber floors to prevent dirt from building up on the surface.
  • Place mats at entranceways to minimize the amount of dirt that's tracked onto your floors.
  • Always seal rubber floors according to the manufacturer's instructions (improper maintenance may void your warranty).

Care and Cleaning

  • Do not use steel wool or abrasive scouring pads on rubber flooring.
  • Never clean rubber flooring with cleaning products that contain turpentine or acetone as they can permanently damage the floor surface.
  • Remove gum by first freezing it, then scraping it up with a wooden/plastic spatula.
  • Dirt spots can be cleaned by spraying a mild solution onto the area and then wiping them with a clean dry cloth.
  • Avoid using colored cleaning pads as they could stain flooring.
  • Avoid using scrubbers or buffing machines that have a speed above 350 revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Remove dirt and maintain a cleaner rubber surface by routinely sweeping, wet mopping and/or vacuuming floors.
  • Give your rubber floors a glossy finish by applying a rubber floor conditioner. You can also attain a glossy finish by applying a rubber floor spray buff with a 350+ rpm buffing machine. Note: Spray buffing can only be done on certain rubber floor types.
  • Scrub heavily soiled rubber floor treads with a hand brush, stripper and water solution.
  • A satin finish look can be achieved by dry buffing rubber floors with a white cleaning pad.
  • Avoid using cleaning products that contain acidic solvents as they could cause rubber floors to deteriorate.

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