How to Clean Rubber Products

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How to Clean Rubber Products
Rubber objects last longer when cleaned regularly. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Distinguished for its resiliency and dimensional stability, rubber is a versatile material used in applications such as flooring, roofing and kitchen appliances. Rubber products are recyclable, hypoallergenic and water-resistant. Although rubber is a low-maintenance material, it acquires filth and stains nonetheless. Soil from shoes transfers onto rubber floors, while food particles cause rubber handles on kitchen appliances to become sticky. Frequently cleaning rubber products is vital to their aesthetic appeal. Basic materials can be used to clean rubber products.

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Things you need

  • Broom
  • Liquid dish soap
  • 2 buckets
  • Clean mop
  • Soft cloth
  • Container
  • Soft sponge

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    Rubber Floors and Mats

  1. 1

    Sweep up any debris fragments and surface dust with a broom.

  2. 2

    Concoct a mopping solution for the floor. Squirt 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap into a bucket containing a gallon of warm water. Stir the solution until it is mixed thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Pour a gallon of warm water into second bucket for rinsing the mop.

  4. 4

    Drench a clean mop in the soapy water. Rub the sudsy mop over the whole floor to lift stains and detach grime. Rinse the mop in the plain water bucket after mopping each 3-by-3-foot section.

  5. 5

    Dump out the grimy rinse water and refill the bucket with clean water. Mop the whole floor with the fresh rinse water.

  6. 6

    Let the wet rubber surface air-dry.

    Rubber Balls, Handles and Various Objects

  1. 1

    Wipe the rubber object with a soft cloth to dislodge loose soil.

  2. 2

    Squirt two drops of liquid dish soap into a container containing a cup of warm water. Stir the solution until it is mixed thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Immerse a soft sponge in the sudsy water. Rub the sudsy sponge over the rubber surface to lift stains and detach grime.

  4. 4

    Rinse the sponge with clean water. Wipe the object with the wet sponge to rinse away soapsuds and filth.

  5. 5

    Let the wet rubber object air-dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Substitute a commercial rubber cleaner for the sudsy solution.
  • Abrasive and sharp cleaning products can scratch or cut rubber.

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