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How to Clean Rust Stains Off a Rubber Gym Floor

The flooring in a gym must be durable, hygienic and require minimal maintenance and care. Rubber is a common choice for gym floors because of its ability to handle heavy foot traffic, withstand large and damaging items that are dropped--such as balls and weights--and the low maintenance that is required to care for it. Rubber itself does not rust; however, if a rusted metal item is left on the gym floor the rust from the metal can leave a nasty looking stain on the rubber floor.

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  1. Vacuum the rubber gym floor to remove surface dirt and dust. The rubber gym floor should be vacuumed often to keep it clean.

  2. Scrub the rust stains with a plastic scrub brush saturated in cool water. Scrub gently in a back-and-forth motion. If the rust stain still presets, continue to Step 3.

  3. Apply an approved cleaner for your specific type of rubber floor to a soft cloth. Rub the rust stain with the cloth until the stain is no longer visible. If the stain is still present, continue to Step 4.

  4. Apply water-displacing spray on a clean, soft cloth. Rub the rust stains with the cloth in a gently circular motion until the rust stain is gone. Test this method on an inconspicuous area of the rubber flooring. If damage or discolouration occurs, discontinue use.

  5. Tip

    It is always best to first check the manufacture's recommend cleaning and stain removal process for your specific type of rubber gym flooring.


    Do not use abrasive cleaners on the rubber flooring. Using cleaning products that contain acetone or turpentine on a rubber gym floor will cause permanent damage to the floor.

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Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Plastic scrub brush
  • Approved rubber floor cleaner
  • Soft cloth
  • Water-displacing spray

About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.

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