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How to clean a rubber gym floor

Updated February 21, 2017

Rubber floors or mats are commonly used in gyms or for athletic activities. They are placed under exercise equipment to prevent the equipment from damaging the floor beneath it, or are used to provide a softer flooring surface, commonly used by wrestlers and gymnasts. Routinely clean the floor to remove dirt, dust, reside and build-up. If build-up remains on the rubber flooring, it can cause the flooring to become sticky or slippery.

Position a plastic scraper under any large pieces of residue, such as gum or mud. Gently lift the plastic scraper upward to scrape these items off of the floor. Dispose of large items and debris in the garbage.

Vacuum the rubber gym floor to remove dirt, dust and debris.

Combine a squirt of a mild liquid dish soap with warm water in a mop bucket. Alternatively, a pine or lemon-scented all-purpose cleaner or a rubber floor cleaner can be diluted in water following the manufacturer's dilution instructions and used to clean the flooring. Scented all-purpose cleaners will help diminish any rubber odours.

Dip a nylon, soft-bristled cleaning brush into the mixture. Rub the mixture directly on any spots, spills or stains.

Dip a mop into the cleaning solution. Wring or squeeze the mop to remove excess water. Starting on the back of the rubber flooring, begin mopping the entire surface, working your way forward. Starting at the back of the flooring allows you to clean the entire surface of the floor without stepping on any already cleaned areas.

Rinse the mop and bucket under clean water. Continue rinsing until the water running from them is clear. Fill the bucket with cold water.

Dip a mop into the bucket of water. Mop the floor to remove soap residue, which can leave the rubber floor looking cloudy or spotty.

Allow the floor to air dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic scraper
  • Vacuum
  • Mop bucket
  • Soap
  • Nylon soft-bristled brush
  • Mop
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Kallie Johnson began her writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She enjoys writing home and garden topics and considers herself an expert on do-it-yourself home improvement topics.