Have you noticed that your rubber floor is looking a little dull and dingy? A few simple steps can help bring it back to shine. This article will cover how to clean, maintain, and shine your rubber flooring.
- Use a soft cloth and plain water to wipe down the floor.
- Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with 3 cups of warm water to create a paste.
- Spread the paste over the floor, then use a mop or sponge to scrub in small circles. Check our post on the best mops to clean rubber gym floor that can help make the job easier.
- Rinse off the mixture using cold water – this will make your rubber floor shine!
- Follow up by drying it with a clean towel for best results!
- You can also extend your rubber floors life by mopping them every 2-3 days with little vinegar and a hot water mixture.
- This method works great on vinyl too!
- Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any dust or debris.
- Use any good cleaning solution and apply it to the floor using a clean cloth.
- Let it dry for at least 10 minutes before applying polish with a soft rag.
- Polish the floor in small sections, working from left to right, then up and down.
- Apply more polish as needed until desired shine is achieved.
- Once finished, wipe down the floor with vinegar and hot water to remove any remaining polish.
- You are almost done, and get that new shine!
- Using a new, clean cloth, apply a mixture of 1 tablespoon of dish detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar to the floor.
- Work in small areas with your cloth and scrub until the surface is smooth.
- Rinse and wipe down with water if any residue remains.
- Dry entirely with a clean, soft towel.
- Buff the floor with a small amount of carnauba wax using a clean cloth to get that super-shiny finish!
- Apply this once every two weeks for upkeep or after heavy use, and you are good to go!
Q1: What is the best way to shine a rubber floor?
A1: Methods 1 and 2 are excellent ways to make your rubber floor shiny again. Method 3 will give you a lot of shine and leave a residue, so it should only be used once every two weeks or so.
Q2: Are there any tips for making my floor shiny?
A2: By all means, always absorb as much standing water from your rubber flooring by using an old towel. This will prevent it from leaving marks and avoid premature wear of the material. Anything you can do to avoid damage will increase the longevity of your rubber flooring. We have another post on how to deep clean your rubber flooring, which you can check out.
Q3: What can I do to avoid yellowing?
A3: Anything that causes moisture to get trapped underneath will cause discoloration. One way to try and avoid this is by ensuring you don’t leave anything liquid laying on the floor or have any standing water sitting there. If you do, wipe it up as soon as possible. It is also a good idea to try and make sure the flooring stays somewhat warm. Cold rubber can turn yellow if not warmed up properly by foot traffic, so if you have a place it is not getting regular foot traffic, make sure it gets warm every once in a while.
Q4: What can I use to clean my rubber floor?
A4: You want to make sure you only use cleaning products specifically for rubber. It is especially important not to use any ammonia-based products, as these will cause discoloration of the material. Plain old dish detergent and water works well and a mix of little vinegar and hot water. Though vinegar can harm the rubber, it won’t cause any discoloring.
If you can keep a few things in mind, your rubber flooring will stay shiny and looking great for years!