How to Clean a Cushioned Floor

Updated February 21, 2017

Many types of flooring offer cushioning, ranging from cork floors that are easy on your feet and legs to gym mats that absorb impact. Cleaning a cushioned floor properly gets rid of dirt that scratches and mars the floor. Cleaning also removes dried-up sweat, saliva and other bodily fluids that may lead to illness-causing bacteria. Homeowners and gym owners clean cushioned floors to extend the life of the floor and keep families and customers safe and healthy.

Sweep the cork floor with a soft-bristled broom to gather loose dirt, dust and debris. Use a small dustpan to pick up the debris.

Squirt a little alcohol-based, no-wax, fast drying floor cleaner on a rag. Scrub areas that have stuck-on debris or stains.

Add the floor cleaner to a bucket of water, based on the manufacturer's recommended amount.

Submerge a sponge mop in the cleaning solution. Wring out the mop until it is barely damp.

Move the mop over the surface of the cork floor. Immediately dry the floor with a dry mop or rag if any moisture remains.

Sweep or vacuum the surface of vinyl cushion flooring to remove dust and dirt. Set the vacuum to a hard surface setting to avoid engaging the vacuum's beater bar, which can damage a vinyl cushion floor.

Wet a sponge mop with plain water and squeeze out as much excess as possible. Mop the floor once a week.

Fill a bucket with water and add a commercially available vinyl floor cleaner to the water, according to the cleaner manufacturer's instructions.

Dip the mop in the cleaning mixture, squeeze out excess cleaning solution and mop the floor with the damp mop. Dry wet areas on the floor with a rag.

Sweep or vacuum the surface of the rubber flooring to remove dust and gritty particles. Avoid using the beater bar on the vacuum, as it may damage the rubber flooring surface.

Mix a commercially available neutral cleaning solution into a bucket of water.

Submerge a sponge into the cleaning water and scrub away stains or spots.

Dip a mop into the cleaning water and glide the mop over the floor. Dry the floor with a rag or dry mop.

Sweep excess dirt off the mats with a broom.

Fill a spray bottle with water and add 2 tbsp chlorine bleach to the bottle. You can also mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar and 4 cups of water instead of bleach and water. Shake the bottle to mix.

Spray the mixture on the gym mats. Allow the bleach and water or white vinegar and water to sit on the mats for five to 10 minutes.

Wipe the mats with a clean rag. Turn the mats over and clean the opposite side using the same method. Repeat if necessary.


Avoid using excessive amounts of water on cork or vinyl cushioned floors; water can seep under the flooring and loosen the adhesive. Clean gym mats after each use to maintain a healthy environment.


Test gym mats for colour fastness in a hidden spot before spraying bleach and water all over the mats.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Floor cleaner
  • Rag
  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Vacuum
  • Vinyl floor cleaner
  • Neutral floor cleaner
  • Sponge
  • Spray bottle
  • Chlorine bleach
  • White vinegar
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About the Author

Sal Marco began writing professionally in 2009. He has written many online home improvement articles based on his more than 20 years of experience in the home improvement and building industries. He has worked as both part of a team and as a site supervisor. Marco has a Bachelor of Science in management science from Kean University.