How to clean sticky rubber

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How to clean sticky rubber
Chewing gum can make a mess of rubber shoe soles. (Steve Mason/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Rubber can become sticky for any number of reasons. Shoes can leave sticky tracks on a rubber floor mat, or sticky food can get left behind on a rubber spatula. To get rid of the sticky residue, use something that dissolves the stickiness without damaging the rubber. Harsh bleach and chemical-based cleaning products can eat away at the rubber and, in some cases, cause discolouration. Therefore, use only mild cleaning products to clean rubber.

Things you need

  • Washing-up liquid
  • Cleaning rags or mop
  • Bucket, optional

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  1. 1

    Fill the sink or a cleaning bucket with about 4.5 litres (1 gallon) of water and 15 ml (1 tbsp) of washing-up liquid, swishing the water to mix it with the soap.

  2. 2

    Dip a cleaning rag or mop into the soapy water, wring it out and wipe it over the sticky rubber. Continue until all the sticky residue is gone.

  3. 3

    Rinse out the mop or cleaning rag with clean water, wring it out and wipe it over the rubber again to remove leftover soapy residue.

  4. 4

    Let the rubber air-dry.

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