How to Put a Shine Back on Entrance Way Rubber Flooring

Written by amanda flanigan | 13/05/2017
How to Put a Shine Back on Entrance Way Rubber Flooring
With normal wear and tear, rubber flooring will lose its shiny appearance. (playground surface image by Marty Haas from

Entrance way rubber floors are found in many buildings--both commercial and residential--including gyms and schools. Rubber flooring is durable and requires minimal maintenance. Rubber flooring deals with heavy foot traffic which, over time, will cause the rubber to lose its shiny appearance and appear dingy and dull. You can restore the shiny appearance of the entrance way rubber flooring with a few simple items and a little elbow grease.

Vacuum or sweep the entrance rubber flooring to remove surface dust and dirt.

Fill a 5-gallon bucket with cool water. Add a few drops of a mild dishwashing liquid. Alternatively, clean the rubber entrance flooring with an approved rubber cleaner.

Saturate a soft cloth in the mixture and squeeze out the excess liquid.

Start at one end of the rubber floor and scrub with the saturated cloth. Scrub in a gentle back-and-forth motion. Continue scrubbing the rubber flooring and resaturating the cloth until the floor is cleaned. Allow the rubber floor to dry completely.

Apply a rubber floor conditioner to a soft cloth. Buff the entrance way rubber flooring with the cloth. The conditioner will restore the rubber flooring's original glossy shine. Alternatively, use a solution of 1 cup of powdered fabric softener and 1 gallon of water to buff the rubber flooring and restore the shine.


Do not use abrasive cleaners on rubber flooring.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use abrasive cleaners on rubber flooring.

Things you need

  • Vacuum or broom
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Mild dishwashing liquid
  • Approved rubber cleaner
  • 2 soft cloths
  • Rubber floor conditioner
  • Powdered fabric softener

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